Christmas Concert Program 2020

DECEMBER 8 , 2019 Orchestra Hall

Welcome The University of St. Thomas is pleased to present its 33rd annual Christmas concert, “Respite and Grace.” This virtual performance, with a program of choral and instrumental music for the Christmas season, features nearly 250 student performers in six of the university’s ensembles: Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Donne Unite, Liturgical Choir, String Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. A division of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. An acclaimed faculty of progressive artists and practitioners lead undergraduate studies and graduate programs for educators. Undergraduate students have a choice of four majors: the Bachelor of Music in Performance or Music Education, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Business. St. Thomas offers six minors in music: Music, Popular Music, Recording Arts, Music Industry, Music in Faith, and Composition. The department’s 20+ choral and instrumental ensembles welcome all and provide academic credit. Music Major Scholarships are available based on musical performance and academic achievement. St. Thomas’ Graduate Programs in Music Education exist to raise the standard of music teaching in the United States by promoting artistic, intelligent, reflective and inspired music teaching at all levels of music instruction. It is the second largest program of its type in the country. A world-renowned faculty of practitioners and researchers offer lively courses filled with new ideas for the practicing teacher to incorporate into elementary and secondary curricula. Graduate Programs in Music Education offers a Master of Arts degree in Music Education with concentrations in Choral, Instrumental, Orff Schulwerk, Kodály and Piano Pedagogy as well as a Doctorate in Leadership with a concentration in Music Education and a variety of certificate programs and professional development coursework.

Concert History

The St. Thomas Christmas concert quickly became a tradition after its premiere on Dec. 11, 1988, in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the university’s main campus in St. Paul. St. Thomas’ president at the time, the late Monsignor Terrence Murphy, envisioned a campus concert for Christmastide featuring ensembles from the colleges of St. Thomas and St. Catherine. By 1993, the growing Department of Music at St. Thomas had become independent, the university’s Alumni Association began to note the concert, and an extraordinary number of alumni and their families responded, necessitating an additional performance. By 1997, four performances were held on campus, but still some 2,000 ticket requests could not be honored. In 2007, the concert was moved to Orchestra Hall to accommodate the many for whom the concert has become a Christmas-calendar fixture: university students, faculty and staff members, alumni, their families and friends, and the general public. This year we return to the St. Thomas chapel and Brady Educational Center on campus, where students and faculty have used distancing, air sanitizers, specialized masks, and bell covers to safely rehearse in community. Bring St. Thomas Home for the Holidays Twin Cities Public Television will re-broadcast “A St. Thomas Christmas: Comfort and Joy,” a one-hour holiday special produced at last year’s concert and distributed to public television stations nationwide during the holiday season. The broadcast is made possible by a generous gift from Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn.

Local: tpt2, Thu, Dec. 24, 2020 8:00pm Fri, Dec. 25, 2020 2:00am

State: tptMN, Sat, Dec. 19, 2020 8:00pm Nationwide: Check here for broadcast times. Internationally: tpt.org View the complete schedule of broadcasts across the country at link.stthomas.edu/respiteandgrace2020

Acknowledgements

Your support is greatly appreciated. All concert proceeds will benefit St. Thomas music ensembles. Go to link.stthomas.edu/supportmusic and choose Music Department as your designation. Donations of $60 or more qualify for a CD gift from the Music Department of a past professional recording. This gift does not affect the tax deductible status of the donation.

Thank you to Institutional Advancement, Innovation and Technology Services, Campus Ministry, EmergingMedia, Marketing, Insights and Communications and Twin Cities Public Television for their work on this event.

Directors and Production Staff

Artistic Director ........................................................ Dr. MatthewGeorge

A St. Thomas Christmas: Respite and Grace University of St. Thomas Christmas Concert 2020

Chamber Singers ................................................ Dr. Albert Pinsonneault

Concert Choir ..................................................... Dr. Albert Pinsonneault

Donne Unite ............................................... Ms. Angela Mitchell ’13 MA

Liturgical Choir.................................................. Mr. Matthew Abernathy

Program

String Orchestra ..................................................... Dr. Matthew George

Respite: Music for a Gentler Time. .................................. David Reeves (Symphonic Wind Ensemble)

Symphonic Wind Ensemble ................................. Dr. Matthew George

Ad Astra ............................................................................. Jacob Naverud (Donne Unite)

Accompanists ....................Ms.MindyEschedor,Mr. StephenSwanson

Organist............................................................................. Dr. Jessica Park

Ad Astra per aspera

To the stars throughdifficulties

Sursum

Look upward Move forward

Producer,Music ..................................................Ms.DonnaMatuszewski

movere deinceps

Sine cura, post omnes

Leave all cares behind.

Producer, EmergingMedia .....................................Mr.GregVandegrift

Sound Technician ....................................................... Mr. Xander Moser

VideoProductionandEditing ............................... EddylineProductions

So Bright the Star ............................................................... Ola Gjeilo (2017) text Charles Silvestri World premiere performance, commissioned by the University of St. Thomas Timeless Child, Born of my body, Reconciling God to man, So bright the Star That shines tonight in the Heavens! Gloria in excelsis Deo! Glad tidings the Angels proclaim! So bright the Star! What is this news the Angels bring? Who is this Child who is Savior and King? Let us run to greet the Savior!

Till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay Close by me forever And love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children In thy tender care, And fit us for heaven To live with thee there.

Joyeux Noë l ......................................................... Traditional French (String Orchestra) arr. John Leavitt

What Child is This? .........................................16th Century English (2017) arr. Grant Cochran What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping, Whom angels greet with anthems sweet while shepherds watch are keeping? This, this is Christ the King whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary! Why lies he in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christian fear: for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. This, this is Christ the King whom shepherds guard and angels sing: Haste, haste to bring him laud, the Babe, the Son of Mary! So bring him incense, gold and myrrh, come peasant, king, to own him. The King of Kings salvation brings: let loving hearts enthrone him. Raise, raise your song on high, the Virgin sings her lullaby. Joy! Joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary!

So great our joy! So bright the Star!

Away in a Manger ........................................ arr. Matthew Culloton (Concert Choir)

Away in a Manger, No crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus

Laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky Looked down where he lay, The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, The baby awakes, But little Lord Jesus, No crying He makes. I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, And stay by my cradle

My Heart Would Ever Wander ............ Traditional Scandanavian (Liturgical Choir) arr. Michael Sitton

Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman arr. Matt Riley & Cory Wong (2015) Featuring Claire Sayers

My heart would ever wander To where my Lord was born, My thoughts return to ponder That humble stall forlorn: My faith there finds its treasure, Its home of pure delight, Its peace beyond all measure This blessed Christmas night. Palm branches I would scatter Around the place You lie. For You alone, Lord, matter; For You, I live and die. Come, let my soul be finding The joy that makes me whole: Yourself to me, Lord, binding Here, deep within my soul. Lord, come, each bolt removing; Unlock my heart and mind. My longing sighs are proving The welcome You will find. Your love my heart obtaining: You purchased it from sin, Thus evermore remaining— Your love, wrapped here within!

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly .............................. arr. Daniel Kallman (Chamber Singers)

Infant holy, infant lowly For his bed a cattle stall; Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the child is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, Angels singing, Bells are ringing, Tidings bringing; Christ the child is Lord of all!

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping Vigil ‘till the morning new Saw the glory, heard the story, Tidings of a Gospel true.

Thus rejoicing, Free from sorrow, Praises voicing, Greet the morrow: Christ the child was born for you!

W ɔ nfa Ny ε m .............................. arr. Abraham Kobena Adzenyah (Chamber Singers)

Silent Night ................................................................... Franz Gruber (Donne Unite) arr. Katherine K Davis

Buee, buee, buee Awer ε how s ε m Buee, buee, buee

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child, Holy Infant so tender and mild,

W ɔ nfa ny ε m W ɔ nfa ny ε m ɔ ny ε birbi o w ɔ nfa ny ε m Aboa akyekyer e Agyanka ba e Dabi na wodze b ε ba Na h ɔ na wo nso wobehu W ɔ nfa ny ε m ɔ ny ε birbi o w ɔ nfa ny ε m

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent Night, holy night, Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from heaven afar,

Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia, Christ, the Saviour, is born, Christ, the Saviour, is born!

Expanded Translation: “Buee” is an ancient expression of shock and disbelief at bad news. “W ɔ nfa ny ε m” means “do it to me,” or in other words, let me share in your grief. “ Ɔ ny ε birbi” means “it doesn’t matter.” The intent of this text (from the Akan people of Ghana) is to express that given a sad situation, joy and strength can be found in community.

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Amazing Grace ..................................................Traditional American (String Orchestra) arr. Matt Riley

Jubilant Light ...................................................James M.Stephenson (2015) dedicated to Al and Mary Agnes McQuinn World premiere performance, commissioned by the University of St. Thomas

Angels We Have Heard On High ..................... Traditional French (2015) arr. Howard Helvey and Roger Cichy

Audience: Angels we have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Choirs only: Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be Which inspire your heav’nly song?

Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Choirs only: Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Audience: See Him in a manger laid, Jesus, Lord of heav’n and earth; Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, With us sing our Savior’s birth.

Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo

Concert Choir

Ch amber Singers

Tenor I Malachi Brown Matthew Sell Joey Swanson Tenor II Lucas Baudler Jack Belde Sam Larson Boschee Lee Devin Riley Logan Wreisner Chris Wright Bass I Mitch Ballolla Pedro Cruz Ethan Kostynick Brady Swanson Andrew Willner

Soprano I Sydney Coleman Megan Erickson Sonja Oldenkamp

Soprano I Cienna Becker Mackenzie Frey Olivia Heimel Caroline Nelson Olivia Steinmetz

Tenor I Maxwell Daily Matthew Giorgio Matthew Hansberry Landon Javens Sumukha Terakanambi Seufean Thao

Ava Sletten Anna Zollar

Emily Tigges Kate Wagner

Soprano II Grace Hahn

Tenor II *Jacob Anderson Seamus Chrisman Joel Dodd Sam Malecek *Will Myers Mason Sauer Bass I Nathan Bramwell John Endris *Matthew Farho *Jack Frundt Andrew Scherber David Spaulding Eric Wisnousky Bass II Carson Dale *Derrick Diedrich David Friedges *Adam Grand Ben Levandowski Dylan Monahan *Timothy Nelson Benjamin Smeed Sam Theisen

Soprano II Sydney Gramstad Cassie Kramer Elisabeth McGovern Khanyi Ndlovu Christina O’Malley Jackie Resh Morgan Ronsen Alyssa Trautman Alto I Hannah Burns Kori-Ann Hermitt Elliana Meier Grace Seifert Anachie Stueve Thuy-Vy Tran Madison Weidenfeller Bridget Zenk

Kate Hennings Erica Nasstrom Anya Overlien Alexis Studniski

Alto I Mila Centrella Emma Ebeling Renna Hintermeister Jordan Johnson Bella Nardini Kaleigh Ripley

Bass II Jonathan Benusa Zander Brod Joey Brueggemeier Michael Ennis

Alto II Elyza Moy Kaylee Olson Grace Smerage Lily Steege

Drew Kilpin Nick Martin

Alto II Shelby Conditt Peri Dombeck

Bailey Peterson Matthew Sackett Jonathan Sherf

Abby Feitl Ella Fossen Abby Hennen Jenny Keller Angela Schoenbauer Chloe Skogland Lydia Wisti

*featured performer

Liturgical Choir

Donne Unite

Soprano I Katherine Bruns Carly Fritz Caroline Hammond Ali Hansen Lauren Johnson *Tessa Keefe Riley McGough

Alto Theresa Endris Jordan Erdal

Soprano Kallie Bean Marisa Jiminez-Captain Katie McGinnis Meghan McMahon Alexis Mohlin Natalie Nafzger Laura Nation Taylor Schraufnagel

Alto I Jessica Brueggemeier Carisa Florendo Chloe Jones Ingrid Lindgren Casey Mager Ally McKay

Teresa Hannasch Elizabeth Klinkner Addie Monnier Kate Ostaffe Sarah Ziemann Bass Cale Bordson William Gomes Ben Morris Joseph Sladek

Maria Pizarro Ellen Rausch Molly Voissem Alto II Julia DeBroux Allison DeMorett Cecelia Larson Angela Lindell Alexis Maher Hannah Paulbeck Michaela Smith *Katie Thull

Soprano II Elaina Granse *Hailey Huff Mallory Knutson Mantha Kryzer Ellie Lange Nicole Logsdon Ezra Pinuela *Lucia Rosales *Jules Ruark

Tenor Peter Henkhaus Joseph Ortiz Brandon Martin

*featured performer

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

String Orchestra

Trumpet Morgan Condon Clare Focht Thomas Hepperlen Braeden Kuehn Mary Beth Stevens Chad Ziemer Trombone Parker Andersen Ethan Lindahl Matthew Morrison

Flute Anna Check Saahil Gudi Claire Ricard Sam Twardy

Viola Kailey Corder Laila Franklin Olivia Haaland Hannah Helm Julia Lindell Amber Nelson

Violin I *Gabriel Bauer –

Concertmaster Katherine Bruns Holly Doty Owen Hiskey Ellie Lange *Vivian Murphy - Assoc. Concertmaster Peter Schik Frances Stevenson

Oboe Brooklyn Deters Gwen Dole Clarinet Per Anderson Rebekah Crowley Noah Daniels Corissa Uberecken

Tara Sothy - Principal McKenna Wetrosky

Cello Benjamin Bates - Principal Jarret Helmer Christian McCullough

Violin II Zander Brod Kayli Bounsavath Kelsey Kitoski Samantha Lang Amelia Reed Samskrith Sriram - Co-Principal Sophia Strommen - Co-Principal Ben Tarrence

Euphonium Riley Kahlmeyer Charlie Kiel Gianna Leggett Tuba Mitchell Eide Will Pittner Percussion Cienna Becker Jacob Brend Evan Metcalf Jacob Michels John Michels Abe Stroschein Piano Ryan Avenido

David Rabaey Maddie Ross Cece Thill

Bass Clarinet Cody Hudson

Bass Kristine Brelje Joshua Schwalbach

Alto Saxophone Matt Lao Kaitlyn Solberg Tenor Saxophone Josh Wagner Bari Saxophone Audra Hakanson French Horn Teo Chagil-Mason Daniel Fisher

*featured performer

Elise Grokowsky Elizabeth Herge Brynnie Potter Hannah Vanden Branden Michael Zelinski

Department of Music Upcoming Events

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