DAVIS COMMUNITY CHURCH presents...
A Christmas Concert!
4pm, Saturday, December 11, 2022
Davis Community Church
Corner of C and 4th Streets, Davis, CA
Lewis Redner (1831-1908)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (1868, Philips Brooks, 1835-1893)
(Please join in! Hymn 121, verses 1-2)
Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1897)
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a (1892)
IIIc. Russian Dance (Trepak) (arr. Douglas Wagner, b. 1952)
DCC Handbell Choir
Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
Silent Night (1818, arr. 2019, Dan Forrest, b. 1978)
DCC Chancel Choir and String Quartet
Sally Beamish (b. 1956)
In the Stillness (2008)
DCC Chamber Choir
Jim Strathdee (b. 1941)
Summer Sun or Winter Skies (2003, Shirley Erena Murray, 1931-2020)
DCC Worship Band
Spain (c. 1850)
A La Nanita Nana (Sleep, Sleep My Little Jesus) (c. 1830, arr. Sondra K. Tucker, b. 1957)
DCC Handbell Choir
Alan Silvestre (b. 1950)
The Polar Express (2004, Glen Ballard, b. 1953)
DCC Kid's Choir
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
Ecce Novum (Behold a New Joy) (2014)
DCC Chamber Choir and String Quartet
John Wesley Work (c. 1835-1895)
Go Tell It On the Mountain (c. 1865, arr. 1993, Howard Helvey, b. 1968)
DCC Chancel Choir
The Nativity According to
St. Matthew, Op. 72 (1998)
I. Now the Birth of Jesus Christ Was On This Wise
II. Now at Jesus's Birth in Bethlehem
III. In Bethlehem
IV. Where Is the King?
V. Find Me the King
VI. When They Saw the Star
VII. And Being Warned of God in a Dream
VIII. Then Herod
IX. An Angel of the Lord
Evangelist, Amy Golden-Jones
Angel / Priest / Prophet, Megan Cullen
Joseph, Juan Carlos Ruiz Guajardo
Mary, Jadi Galloway
Kaspar, Jack Jett
Melchior, Lee Riggs
Balthazar, Michael Coleman
Herod / Stage Director / Conductor, Mark Alburger
Angels / Priests / Prophets, DCC Chancel Choir
DCC Chamber Orchestra
The Mother, Jadi Galloway
Amahl, Carmen Ruiz Turnbull
Kaspar, Jack Jett
Melchior, Juan Carlos Ruiz Guajardo
Balthazar, Michael Coleman
Page / Costumes, Deborah Jory
Stage Director / Production Manager, Harriet March Page
Set Design and Construction, Robin Houston
Costumes and Props, Linda Scott
MARK ALBURGER (b. 1957) is an award-winning, eclectic ASCAP composer of postminimal, postpopular, and postcomedic sensibilities. He is Music Director of San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Cabaret Opera / Goat Hall Productions, and The Opus Project; Editor-Publisher of 21st-Century Music and New Music; Professor Emeritus of Music Theory and Literature at Diablo Valley College; Conductor-Founder of the DCC Chamber Orchestra, and Musicologist for Grove Online and Grove Dictionary of American Music. His principal teachers were Gerald Levinson and Joan Panetti (Swarthmore College, B.A.); Jules Langert (Dominican University, M.A.); Christopher Yavelow (Claremont University, Ph.D.); and Terry Riley. Dr. Alburger has composed 410 major works, including chamber music, concertos, oratorios, operas, song cycles, and symphonies. The Bible, Op. 168, is an ongoing compilation of Biblical text-settings, of approximately 14 hours. His complete catalogue is available from New Music. YouTube/DrMarkAlburger, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Alburger, imslp.org/wiki/Category:Alburger,_Mark, markalburger.blogspot.com, markalburgerworks.blogspot.com.
THE NATIVITY ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW, Op. 72 (1998), began as a series of musical Christmas cards several decades ago. Each of its nine movements is based on an Advent or Yuletide Carol as found in the Presbyterian Hymbook, 1960 ("O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" through 8 following). To these are immaculate-conceptioned incarnations of G.F. Handel, Gian Carlo Menotti, Gustav Mahler, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gregorian chant, and Medieval mystery plays -- in an overall context of Igor Stravinskian vernacular postminimalism. Today's World premiere of the operatic Nativity According to St. Matthew, Op. 72, has been made possible by a generous $10,000 grant from DCC member Tony Tanke and family.
OLA GJEILO (b. 1978) is a Norwegian composer and pianist, living in the United States. He writes choral music, and has written for piano and wind symphony, publishing through Walton Music, Edition Peters, and Boosey and Hawkes.
ECCE NOVUM (2017) is featured on Ola’s Winter Songs (Decca Classics), performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway and 12 Ensemble.
Ecce, novum gaudium, Behold, a new joy,
Ecce, novum mirum! Behold, a new wonder!
Virgo parit filium, A Virgin, who knew not a man,
Quae non novit virum. Bears a son.
Sed ut pirus prium, She knew not a man but as the pear-tree bears the pear,
Gleba fert papyrum, The flourishing papyrus brings
Florens lilium. The lily from the soil.
Ecce, quod natura See how nature
Mutat sua iura! Changes her laws!
Virgo parit pura A pure virgin bears
Dei filium. The son of God.
FRANZ XAVER GRUBER (1787-1863) was an Austrian primary school teacher, church organist and composer in the village of Arnsdorf, who is best known for composing the music to Stille Nacht (Silent Night).
DAN FORREST (b. 1978) is an American composer, pianist, educator, and music editor.
SILENT NIGHT (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, 1818) is a popular German Christmas carol, composed to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song was first recorded in 1905 and has remained a popular success, appearing in films and multiple successful recordings, as well as being quoted in other musical compositions.
GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911-2007) was an Italian-American composer, librettist, director, and playwright who is primarily known for his 25 operas. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. One of the most frequently performed opera composers of the 20th century, his most successful works were written in the 1940s and 1950s. Highly influenced by Giacomo Puccini and Modest Mussorgsky, Menotti further developed the verismo tradition of opera in the post-World War II era. Favoring neoclassicism, rejecting atonality and the aesthetic of the Second Viennese School, Menotti's music is characterized by expressive lyricism which carefully sets language to natural rhythms in ways that highlight textual meaning and underscore dramatic intent. Like Richard Wagner, Menotti wrote the libretti of all his operas. He wrote the classic Christmas first-opera-for-TV Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951), along with over two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste.
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS (1951) is a one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti, with an original English libretto from the composer. It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the Opera Theatre on December 24, 1951, in New York City at Studio 8H in Rockefeller Center, where then broadcast live on television, as the debut production for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. Amahl was the first opera specifically composed for television in the United States
C STREET UKELELE BAND
Lynn DeLapp and Karen Johns Directors
DCC CHANCEL CHAMBER, and KID'S CHOIRS; WORSHIP BAND
Emma Turbull Music Minister
Joanne Chamber Organist and Pianist
DCC HANDBELL CHOIR
Rev. Deborah Grundman Director
DCC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Made possible by a $10,000 gift from Tony Tanke! Thank you!
Mark Alburger Conductor and Founder
Flute / Piccolo
Oboe II / English Horn
Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
SOUND, CAMERA, and SLIDES
Jeff Pelz, Aaron Jones, and Brian Borhani
Many thanks to everyone involved today for many months of
prepaing, rehearsing, and ongoing support for DCC's Music Ministry.
Thank you to Community Life for our intermission refreshments and snacks.
There will be two donaton baskets in the narthex after the show;
the proceeds wil go to support the Music Ministy.
DCC wihes you all a joy-filled and restful Holiday Season.
We hope to see you again!
5 to 53
(54 in Davis) --
band (oh! Isaiah reading -- might have to do something about that...)
including geting a bite
to eat) --
with a bonus rehearsal since so many Chamber Orchestra members arrive quite early.
Emma gets a shot at
String Quartet, and
there's even a little time for Nativity extra-practice for several who are new to this all...
Taqueria El Burrito,
Late night, post
Broke Dance Intermezzi: R, Op. 314 (May 1, 2019)
on the Complete Works site
while partially engaged with
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)
Symphony No. 7 ("Angel of Light") (1994)
Symphony No. 8 ("Journey") (1999)...