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Second Concert of the 63rd Season

Holiday Extravaganza VII

Sunday, December 2nd, 2001
Cordier Auditorium
Robert Jones, Conductor

  Fantasy on Adeste Fidelis David Ott  
  Gloria in D, R. 589 Antonio Vivaldi  

Gloria in excelsis - chorus
Et in terra pax - chorus
Laudamus te - soprano duet
Gratias agimus tibi - chorus
Propter magnam gloriam - chorus
Domine Deus - soprano aria
Domine Fili unigenite - chorus
Domine Deus, Agnus Dei - alto aria and chorus
Qui Tollis - chorus
Quo sedes ad dexteram - alto aria
Quoniam tu solus sanctus - chorus
Cum sancto Spiritu - chorus

  Amanda Myers-Walls, soprano
Liz Geisewite, soprano/alto
Kim Reuter, alto
Manchester College Choral Society & A Cappella Choir
Debra Lynn, conductor
  Hanukkah Festival Overture Lucas Richman  
  Holiday Moods: Suite No. 3 Jeff Tyzik  
  Christmas Singalong John Finnegan  

Program Notes by James R. C. Adams

  Fantasy on Adeste Fidelis David Ott

David Ott has composed chamber works as well as symphonies for full orchestra. His Second Symphony, commissioned by the Grand Rapids Symphony in honor of the first cellist, Robert Madura, who passed away in 1989, was particularly engaging. Mr. Ott favors the cello, and among his works is a fine cello concerto. In a work previously played by the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Short Symphony, the cellos are prominent.

Ott's music is quite accessible. By that I mean that he writes tonal music, melodic, and often with dance rhythms. He is traditional in his choice of musical structure, frequently using sonata form in his first movements, but his music is unmistakably modern, as can be heard in the occasional dissonances he introduces.

  Gloria in D, R. 589 Antonio Vivaldi
(c. 1675-1743)

Antonio Vivaldi was an Italian violinist and composer. He was born in Venice around 1675, the sone of a locally esteemed violinist in the service of St. Mark's Cathedral. The known circumstances surrounding Vivaldi's youth and early manhood are meager, but it has been established that he was ordained to the priesthood in 1703. Folklore tells us that he was defrocked within a short time for interrupting a mass to dash into the sacristy and jot down a theme that had come to him at the altar. Apparently, he slipped out during a lull, expecting to return before he was "on," but got so involved in his composition that he forgot to return, leaving the congregation waiting in puzzlement!

As to Vivaldi's contribution to music, it needs only to be recalled that J.S. Bach was so entranced by his instrumental forms that he made them his own. Although he composed operas, cantatas, motets, and works in various other forms, it is by his violin concerti that Vivaldi is best known today. In the category of music for church use, the present Gloria, rediscovered in the 1930s, is already recognized as an authentic masterwork.

The Gloria in Excelsis is a canticle (song or hymn) taken from the Gospel of St. Luke. It is sometimes called the "Angelic Hymn" because its opening lines are from the anthem sung by the heavenly choir above the fields of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born.

The earliest manuscript of the Gloria dates from the fourth century, written in Greek for the Eastern Church. In its original form, it was a "private psalm" for the bishop's services. It was most likely introduced into the service of Communion in the Western Church in connection with the Christmas Vigil, because of its reference to the Song of Angels. However, since the eleventh century, it has been included in the festive services of the Church as a hymn of praise and joy. It is the joy of believers in God's merciful goodness in sending his Son into the world. For a brief moment it stoops to invoke mercy and help for mankind, but then lifts the worshipper to a Trinitarian ascription of worship and praise to Christ and the Holy Ghost as "most high in the glory of God the Father."

  Hanukkah Festival Overture
(Notes by the composer)
Lucas Richman
(b. 1964)

In the summer of 1994, Geraldine Mayer, a patron of the arts in Orange County, CA, approached the Pacific Symphony Orchestra with the idea that she would like to commission a work to be used during the orchestra's holiday concerts that would feature the music celebrating Hanukkah. During my term as assistant conductor for the Pacific symphony I had always bemoaned the lack of robust arrangements of Hanukkah music when planning my holiday programs, so I was delighted to be approached as the one to fulfill the commission. After surveying the many songs and melodies that have been written to commemorate the story of Hanukkah, I decided upon six specific tunes that either spoke of the miracle of the oil that burned seven days longer than it should have, or that illustrated the manner in which the holiday is celebrated today. Hanukkah, O Hanukkah, S'vion (Hebrew for dreidle), Hanukkah,, and The Dreidle Song are treated in alternately classical or klezmer (traditional Jewish Eastern European) settings, leading us to the prosaic Mi Yimalel? (Who can retell the things that befall us?) And the final candle blessings, before the orchestra gallops to a rousing finish. Chag Sameach! (Happy Holidays!)

  Holiday Moods: Suite No. 3
for Chorus and Orchestra
Jeff Tyzik
(b. 1953)

Jeff Tyzik was educated at the Eastman School of Music, where he earned the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees. He lives in Rochester, New York. Tyzik has worked mostly in the popular and jazz worlds. He has written theme music for many TV shows on all the major networks, as well as theme music for cable networks such as HBO, American Movie Classics, and Arts & Entertainment. He has traveled widely as guest conductor of such ensembles as the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Minnesota ... well, I could go on.

Tyzik won a Grammy Award in 1986 for an album he produced of the Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen. His interest lies particularly with jazz. He has released six albums of his own music and written music for the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman Orchestras. His more serious compositions have been recorded by the Londond Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tyzik has been very active with civic groups, particularly in public school education, and in 1997 was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for such service.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

Linda Kanzawa Ard, Concertmaster
Joyce Dubach *
Martha Barker
Amy Bixler +
Sherry Gajewski
Lita Luginbill
Rodney Morrison
Sandra Neel
Margaret Piety
Carolin Schober
Rebekah Yoder +

Julie Sadler * (acting)
Peter Collins
Jill Hess
Emily Mondock

Tim Spahr *
James Eaton
Laura Koczan +
Amanda Schwersky

Darrel Fiene *
Mark Huxhold

Barbi Pyrah

Kathy Urbani *
Barbi Pyrah

Rita K. Merrick *
George Donner
Lila D. Hammer *
Mark W. Huntington

Erich Zummack *
Michael Trentacosti

Nancy A. Bremer *
John Morse
Kim Reuter +^
Steven Bergdall
William Klickman

Steven Hammer *
Nathan Reynolds +
Richard Pepple

Jon Hartman *
Larry Dockter
Scott Hippensteel

William DeWitt

Karl Gilbert

Amy Bixler
Dave Robbins
Greg Wolff

Robin Gratz, harpsichord
Debora DeWitt, piano and celesta

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

Manchester Choral Society and A Cappella Choir

  Debra Lynn, conductor  
Tiffany Bohnstedt
Kari Brinkmeier
Nicole Cataldo
Lois Davis
Sarah Green
Jessica Hamlyn
Amy Hoffman
Debra Hollopeter
Peggy Hummel
Carey Konkle
Wanda Miller
Amanda Myers-Walls
Christa Owens
Emily Perkins
Liz Printz
Try An Williams
Jennifer Wilson
Kristin York

Matthew Boersma
Keither Crider
Steve Harshman
Mithcell Herniak
Dennae Lytle
Howard McKee
Nick Reynolds
Jamie Salazar
Mark Schwartz
Ethan Terry
Megan Allen
Jaymie Baker
Leslie Cantrell
Sandy Funk
Liz Geisewite
Jennifer Hann
Penny Heddings
Katie Hudson
Jennifer Kling
April Lehman
Jean Nelson
Sarah Nolan
Melinda Potts
Kim Reuter
Robyn Skelton
Laura Stone
Megan Wenger
Kara Wolheter

Brad Bohnstedt
Rone Davis
Dwight Farringer
Michael Good
Seth Hendricks
Andy Liszewski
Bradley McCarty
Charles Nelson
Ismail Oshogwemoh
Evan Overman
Daniel Smalley
Jeremy Van Deman
John Wright
The Manchester Choral Society combines the talents of the College's students, faculty, and staff with other singers from the Manchester community and its surrounding areas. Membership is without audition for this ensemble, which rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in Winger Recital Hall. A Cappella Choir maintains 40-45 members and is open to all Manchester students by audition, regardless of their major field of study. The A Cappella Choir rehearses three days per week and tours each spring. This year's tour will take them to St. Louis and Kansas City.
Debra Lynn is in her fourth year as assistant professor of music at Manchester College, where she serves as director of choral organizations and instructor of applied voice. In addition to the Manchester Choral Society, Debra conducts the A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. She recently completed doctoral studies at Ball State University, where she served for three years as assistant conductor for all vocal ensembles.  Dr. Lynn has studied conducting with Douglas Amman, Paul Vermel, Paul Crabb, and Arnold Epley. Debra has held conducting and teaching positions at Northeast Missouri State University, William Jewell College, Mid-America Nazarene College, and New Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. Debra is married to tubist Robert Lynn. They reside in North Manchester with their four daughters: Bethany, Abby, and twins Emily and Erin.