Gitanjali Chants - Craig Hella Johnson
Ballade to the Moon - Daniel Elder
Abendlied - Johannes Brahms
Mata del anima sola - Antonio Estevez
The Skye Boat Song - Arr. Desmond Earley
Mo Ghillie Mear - Arr. Desmond Earley
Fionnghuala - Arr. Michael McGlynn
We Can Mend the Sky - Jake Runestad
Fear Not - Daniel Schreiner
Iscariot (premiere) - Daryl Sipko-Browne
Nunc dimittis - Gustav Holst
Dona nobis pacem (Let Us Have Peace) - Paul Aitken
Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Arr. J. David Moore
I'll Be on My Way - (reprise) Shawn Kirchner
Here is the playlist:
Flight Song (Kim Andre Arnesen)
“All we are, we have found in song…music’s fierce compassion flows from you…”
Requiem (Craig Hella Johnson)
With lyrics by Eliza Gilkyson, this piece by Craig Hella Johnson speaks with
powerful and emotional impact in response to the 2004 tsunami devastation in Indonesia.
We Rise Again (Stephen Smith)
An audience favorite performed by the men of Chor Anno. “…we look to our sons and daughters to explain our lives…as if a child could tell us why….” Soloist, the great Jonathan Vaughn!
Long Time Ago (Arr. Aaron Copland)
One of the world’s great folk melodies…simply sung, in unison with beautiful viola work by Dr. Stephen Meharg.
Tell My Father (Arr. Andrea Ramsey)
Another Chor Anno favorite that has gotten thousands of plays on YouTube. Sung by the men of Chor Anno with marvelous baritone ,Reg Unterseher, as soloist on this poignant and moving song as sung by a dying soldier in the civil war.
Gabriel’s Oboe (Ennio Morricone)
We felt we had to include this gorgeous melody. It’s from the 2002 movie “The Mission,” and features violist, Meharg, and oboist, Roxanne Knutson.
Shenandoah (Arr. Richard Nance)
A beautiful melody and lyrics so oft performed by choirs that Garrison Keillor once asked, “Does the world need another version of this song?” Yes, it does! Especially this exquisite setting by our friend from Pacific Lutheran University, Richard Nance. Haunting violin work by Matt Mandrones.
Come Dwell in Solomon’s Walls (Z. Randall Stroope)
A particularly powerful song of hope by a master of choral sound, Randall Stroope.
The Pasture (Z. Randall Stroope)
Oh, so moving! This poem by Robert Frost grabs you. And Stroope’s composition completely captures it. We sang it two years ago with a dedication to our friend and colleague, Neil Lieurance, a superb choral director/teacher who was a high school student of Meharg in 1960 and who died in 2013. Neil grew up on a small farm near Castle Rock, WA. One of the lines from the Frost poem says, “I’m going out to clean the pasture spring, I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away…I sha’n’t be gone long…You come, too.” Neil said he remembers his father saying a similar thing. He said his family was not given to many outward statements of affection, but that “You come, too” as said by his father, he could always take as a metaphor for “I love you!”
Who Is This? (Arr. John Ferguson)
Our conductor friend, Paul Klemme, introduced us to this piece. It rather falls into the “choral reflections” category…based on a quotation of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” It features exquisite viola work by Stephen Meharg.
Unclouded Day/I Sing Because I’m Happy (Shawn Kirchner/Rollo Dilworth)
These pieces brought ‘em to their feet in 2016’s concerts. Impossible to separate the great audience response from the music so you get applause as the choir transitions from “Unclouded” to “I Sing Because I’m Happy” with Brian Hoskins’ great piano work on this gospel piece. And yes, the “I Sing…” was
one to which we were introduced by the incomparable Rollo Dilworth at the 2016 WA ACDA Summer Institute. Talk about songs of solace and hope!
Choral Reflections on “Amazing Grace” (Arr. Roger Ames)
Could have ended with the triumphant sounds of the previous songs, but maybe there’s even more triumph to be found (whether metaphorically or as a simple matter of faith) in this transcendent setting with so many facets. Yes, you hear the comforting words and familiar melody, marvelous solo work by Alison Askeland and Nicole Lamartine. You hear the choir emulating the sound of bagpipe drone as background. Then comes a beautiful and flowing setting of a “Kyrie eleison” in the choir that eventually becomes a backdrop to “Amazing Grace” played in the rich tones of the viola. You’ll then be lifted skyward by choir and strings in “when we’ve been there ten-thousand years.” The ending is quiet and meditative…and if you listen very closely, you’ll hear bagpipes in the distance!
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