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Second Concert of the 57th Season

A Holiday Extravaganza

Sunday, December 3rd, 1995
Cordier Auditorium
Bradley Creswell, Conductor

  Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti  
His Mother
King Kaspar
King Melchior
King Balthazar
The Page
Shepherds and Villagers
Christopher Myers
Mary Creswell
C. Alin Cass
Brent Wilcoxson
Carlton Higginbotham
Ben Kambs
Kirsti Miller
Manchester Choral Society
  Gloria John Rutter  

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Domine Deus
Quoniam tu solus sanctus

  The Many Moods of Christmas Robert Shaw / Robert Russell Bennett  

"Good Christian Men Rejoice"
"Silent Night"
"O Come, All Ye Faithful"


Program Notes

  Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti
(b. 1911)

Somewhere in the world lives a crippled little shepherd called Amahl, with his mother, an impoverished widow. Nothing is left to them of the little they ever had, and they are now faced with hunger and cold in their empty house.

Three Wise Men, on their way to Betholehem, stop at the hut and ask to be taken in for the night. Amahl and his mother welcome them and their Page as well as they can, and are much astonished at the splendor of their robes and the wealth of gifts they are carrying with them. When Amahl's mother realizes that the Three Kings are looking for a newbown babe and that the expensive gifts are all destined for him, she becomes bitter and envious. She cannot understand why at least some of these gifts could not be given to her own child, who is so poor and sickly.

Under cover of darkness, while the Three Kings are asleep, she steals some of the gold from them - and is caught red-handed. When she explains to the Three Kings that she needs the gold to feed her starving child, she is readily forgiven. With great tenderness they try to explain to her who this newborn child is and how much he needs the love of every human being to build his coming kingdom. Touched by their words, the poor widow not only gives back the stolen gold, but wishes she could add a gift of her own. Little Amahl comes to her rescue. He impulsively hands the Three Kings his wooden crutch, his most precious possession, and in so doing he is miraculously cured of his lameness.

As dawn appears in the sky, the Three Kings prepare to resume their journey. Amahl begs his mother to let him join them, and he is finally allowed to follow the Kings to Bethlehem to adore and give thanks to the Christ Child.

  Gloria John Rutter
(b. 1945)

I. Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria to God in the highest
And on earth peace to all those of good will.
We praise thee. We bless thee. We worship thee. We glorify thee.
We give thanks to thee according to thy great glory.

II. Domine Deus

Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father almighty.
Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son.
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
Thou who takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
Thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us.

III. Quoniam tu solus sanctus

For Thou alone are holy.
Thou alone art the Lord.
Thou alone art the most high, Jesus Christ.
With the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

Linda Kanzawa, Concertmaster
Rosemary Manifold *
Matt Baker +^
Martha Barker
Beth Chiarenza
Joyce Dubach
Sherry Gajewski
Matthew N. Hendryx
Rod Morrison
Margaret A. Piety
Moo Il Rhee

Naida MacDermid *
Bethany Bruss
Peter Collins

Anne Gratz *
Polly Hoover +^
C.D. Stevens +^
Preston Thomas +^

Randy Gratz *
Darrel Fiene
George Scheerer

Madalyn Metzger +^
Barbi Pyrah

Kathy Urbani *
Madalyn Metzger +^
Barbi Pyrah

Rita Kimberley *
George Donner

Lila D. Hammer *
Jane Grandstaff
Bass Clarinet
Robert Jones

Donna Russell * (co-)
Erich Zummack * (co-)

Nancy A. Bremer *
Bryan Gibson
Jennifer J. Double +^
Chris McGavic

Steven Hammer *
Scott D. Steenburg +^
Richard Pepple
Jim Kibby

Larry Dockter *
Robert D. Brown
Stephen Berkebile +

John Beery

Mark Sternberg +

Terry Vaughan
Marc Coulomb

Robin Gratz

Allison Perkins

* Denotes principal
+ Denotes MC student
^ Denotes MSS Scholarship recipient

Manchester Choral Society Personnel

  Bradley Creswell, Conductor  
Christine Beery
Hope Bowman
Lynn Bucher
Jenni Double
Jessica Eller
Kari Garber
Rachel George
Cari Gilbert
Larisa Hoke
Megan Joseph
Andrea Kling
Ann Lester
Tricia Markley
Uranda Miller
Kara Morris
Taryn Nicodemus
Deb Schuler
Michele Shrider
Phaedra Sumpter
Jennifer Tolle
Geneva Veasey
Andrea Waites
Jane Willmert
Julia Woodcock

D.J. Brooks
Jeremy Brown
Bill DeWitt
Torin Eikenberry
Phil Martin
Howard McKee
Mark Schwartz
Eric Zawadzki
Chelsea Abbott
Phyllis Baker
Jennifer Bowman
Cathy Gatchel
Michele Hartogh
Melissa Hendricks
Erin Hermes
Edith Hoffer
Jackie Horst
Angela Lahman
Paige Leonhard
Karen Macke
Lisa Mathias
Wendy Noffsinger
Jen Patterson
Claudia Rosen
Jeanne Smith
Karen Smith
Katherine Tinsley
Rachel Waites

Steve Berkebile
Jonathan Bryant
Zachery Erbaugh
Chris Fitze
Gabe Garrison
Francis Hoffer
Christian Maslowski
Mark Sternberg

Warsaw Community High School Select Chorale

  Scott Avery, Director  
  Julie Arnold
John Conley
Sam Cruz
Patrick Etienne
Gabe Fitzsimmons
Kyle Garner
Brooke Geiger
Steve McNeal
Kirstan Pletcher
Liz Regier
Sarah Regier
Terri Reuter
Jessica Saylor
Shawn Schlag
Ryan Sparks
Kristie Thorpe
Brandy Waldridge
Erica Watkins
Beth Withrow
Christopher David MyersChristopher David Myers began singing in public when he was eighteen months old. Since then he has performed in A Christmas Carol with the Osceola Community Players, Penn High School's production of Music Man, Amahl and the Night Visitors as produced by Bethel College and Indiana Opera North, and a varity of other musical theater performances. Earlier this year, Chris was a featured soloist with the Indiana All State Honor Choir, and was a participant in the annual "Circle the State with Song." He is a student at Schmucker Middle School in the PHM School Corporation. Christopher's parents are John and Debbie Myers of Granger, Indiana.
Mary CreswellMary Creswell is an active performer in opera, oratorio, and as a song recitalist. Operatic performances by Mrs. Creswell include Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Così fan tutte, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Crucible. Her oratorio repertoire includes Verdi's Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Messiah, Magnificat by Bach, Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Vivaldi's Gloria. She was a Metropolitan Opera regional finalist and was chosen 1994 "Vocalist of the Year" by Mothers of America, Inc. Mrs. Creswell has a M.M. from the University of Michigan, and a B.M. from Western Michigan University. She is a member of the voice faculty at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and teaches voice at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan.
C. Alin CassC. Alin Cass is a native of Beaver City, Nebraska. He attended Grace College where he received a Bachelor's degree in voice performance and music education. As a student, her performed the bass solos in Handel's Messian and Elijah by Mendelssohn, and was the 1993 vocal winner of the Grace Community Orchestra Solo Competition. He is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and Opus 18, a chamber choral group in Fort Wayne, Indian. Alin also is choir director at Saint Anne's Episcopal Church in Warsaw. He currently resides in Winona Lake and is preparing for graduate school auditions.
Brent WilcoxsonBrent Wilcoxson lives in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he is currently involved in the historic restoration of over twenty landmark buildings in the community. Formerly, he was for fourteen years an investment portfolios manager. He holds the B.S. degree in classical languages and history from Grace College and the M.B.A. degree from Ball State University. Mr. Wilcoxson has performed the role of the father in Hansel and Gretel and the role of King Melchior in Amahl, both with Indiana Opera North. During his student years at Grace College he was active in theater productions and choral ensembles.
Carlton HigginbothamCarlton Higginbotham holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University (Bloomington), and is a member of the VoiceCare Network. He has performed principal roles in over twenty opera productions including Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Carlo, The Marriage of Figaro, La Bohème, The Barber of Seville, and Rigoletto. He is also an oratorio and concert artist and has appeared at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Recital Hall. He has been a member of the South Bend Chamber Singers for several seasons.
Ben Kambs is a senior at Manchester High School and is a voice student of Bradley Creswell. He has performed solo roles in Grease, Lil' Abner, Once Upon a Mattress, and Sugar. Ben's experience in choral ensembles includes Manchester High School Choir, Barbershop Quartet, and Manchester Choral Society. For three years he has been honored with selection to the Indiana All-State Chorus. His participation as a vocal soloist in the Indiana State Solo and Ensemble Contest has resulted in first place ratings for the past two years. Ben's parents are Dennis and Eunice Kambs of North Manchester.
Kirsti Miller is from Warsaw, Indiana. She has been dancing for seven years. She enjoys ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, modern dance, and character. Last year she performed in Michael Tevlin's The Nutcracker with the Fort Wayne Ballet. Kirsti has also been the choreographer for Warsaw Community High School's 1993 spring musical production, Annie. Kirsti will attend Grace college in the fall of '96.  Kirsti also enjoys singing under the instruction of Mary Creswell.
Manchester Choral Society has performed with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra on many occasions in its long history. The Choral Society is an important part of choral activities at Manchester College and in the North Manchester community, providing an opportunity for any interested singer to participate in the performance of some of the great masterpieces of oratorio repertoire.
Bradley CreswellBradley Creswell, conductor of the Manchester Choral Society, is Assisstant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Manchester College. He has served on the music faculties at Illinois Wesleyan University, Albion College, and Muskegon Community College. Professor Creswell also serves as music director and conductor for the music theater program at the Interlochen Arts Camp. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting at Michigan State University.
The Warsaw Community High School Select Chorale has twice been ranked as one of the top ten high school choirs in Indiana. They have produced a recording, performed with the Lettermen, and toured in Canada. Director Scott Avery is in his eleventh year as director of choirs at Warsaw Community High School. He earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree at Northern Michigan University and the Master of Music degree at Ball State University where he studied with Douglas Amman.