Past Programs

“An American Psalmbook”
a selection of American Psalm settings of the last 100 years
November, 2017

-Copland Four Motets (Help Us, O Lord; Thou, O Jehovah; Have Mercy on Us; Sing Ye Praises) (1921)
-Runestad I Will Lift Mine Eyes (2006)
-Thompson Alleluia (1940)
-Rochberg Psalm 150 (1954)
-Berger (formerly Schloßberg) Alleluia from Brazilian Psalm (1941)
-Rorem God Is Gone Up (1986)
-Jacobson Psalm 114 (arr. 1989)
-Ives Sixty-seventh Psalm (composed 1894, premiere performance 1937)
-Pinkham The House of the Lord (2000)
-Bernstein Chichester Psalms (Bernstein’s arrangement for organ, harp, and percussion) (1965)
     Carl Alexander, countertenor
     Matthew Kibort, percussion
     Michael Maganuco, harp
     David White, organ

-Ives Psalm 100 (1898)

“Walk Together”
Benefit Concerts for Racial Understanding & Reconciliation
benefitting the Chicago Children’s Choir
June, 2016

Roll, Jordan, Roll, arr. Rollo Dilworth

I Want Jesus To Walk With Me, arr. Colin Lett
We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, arr. Moses Hogan
Walk Together (There’s a Great Camp Meeting), traditional

My Lord, What a Mornin’, arr. Harry Burleigh
Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, arr. William Dawson

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, arr. J. Rosamond Johnson
Tryin’ to Get Home, traditional
Steal Away, arr. Moses Hogan

Where the Sun Will Never Go Down, arr. Joseph Jennings


Go Down, Moses, arr. J. Rosamond Johnson
Ezekiel Saw de Wheel
, arr. Moses Hogan
Elijah Rock, arr. Jester Hairston
The Battle of Jericho, arr. Moses Hogan

I Can Tell the World, arr. Moses Hogan
Old Time Religion, arr. Moses Hogan
Ain’t Got Time To Die, Hall Johnson

Death Ain’t Nothin’ But a Robber, traditional
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen, arr. Tawn Thomas
By and By, arr. Carol Barnett
Since I Laid My Burdens Down, arr. Rollo Dilworth

Oh, Freedom, traditional

“In View of Eternity”
Musical reflections on the everlasting
May, 2015

White: Enosh kehchatzir yamav (1988)
Paulus: Hymn to the Eternal Flame (2005)
Melinda Alberty, soprano
Fissinger: Lux aeterna (1982)
Amanda Holm Rosengren, soprano; Michael Brown, baritone
Tavener: Svyati (1995) featuring the CSO’s Daniel Katz, cello
Luboff (arr.): Deep River (1962)
Denise Knowlton, mezzo-soprano
Fauré: Requiem (rev. 1893)
Alexia Kruger Rivera, soprano; Dan Richardson, baritone

“Music for Choir + Brass”
Featuring beloved works for brass and/or choir by Gabrieli, Bruckner, Pinkham and others, along with lesser-known works by the same composers.
May, 2014

Featuring Michael Hawes, Tage Larsen, Dana Morrison, Mark Peters (trumpet); Darren Castellanos, Rachel Castellanos, Chelsea French, BJ Hardesty, Terry Leahy (trombone); Scott Tegge (tuba)

Gabrieli: Canzon septimi toni #2 (1597)
Scheidt: Surrexit Christus hodie (1650)
Gabrieli: Canzon per sonare #1 (1608)
Pinkham: Thou Hast Loved Righteousness (1964)
Gabrieli: Sonata pian’ e forte (1597)
Bruckner: Psalm 114 (116) (1852)
Schütz: Selig sind die Toten (1648)
Pinkham: Behold, How Good and How Pleasant (1967)
Bruckner: Afferentur regi (1861)
Gabrieli: Canzon per sonare #2 (1608)
Schein: Die mit Tränen säen (1623)
Bruckner: Aequale #1 & 2 (1847)
Bruckner: Locus iste (1869)
Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo (pub. 1615)
Pinkham: Christmas Cantata (1957)

“Ikon of Light”
A tribute to John Tavener (1944-2013)
Featuring some of Tavener’s well-known works and the midwest premiere of Ikon of Light, a 40-minute work for string trio and choir
March, 2014

The Lamb (1982)
Song for Athene (1993)
Hymn to the Mother of God (1985)
The Lord’s Prayer (1999)
Ikon of Light (1984)

A concert featuring Barber’s Agnus Dei, Bach’s Cantata #4 (Christ lag in Todesbanden) Cantate June 2013and other short works representing an ending or culmination
June, 2013

Aguiar: Salmo 150 (1993)
Bach: Cantata #4 Christ lag in Todesbanden (1725 version)
Barber: Agnus Dei (adapted by the composer from his Adagio for Strings) (1967)
Berkeley: Farewell (1999)
Haydn: Achieved is the Glorious Work (from Creation) (1798)
Schuman: Carols of Death (1958)

A concert featuring sublime unaccompanied works by modern and contemporary masters, each work capturing the spirit of a different beginning: creation, day, a wedding, birth, spring, and a coronation
March, 2013

Copland: In the Beginning (1947)
Pärt: Magnificat (1989)
Rogne: In the Month of May (2008, rev. 2013)
Tavener: Village Wedding (1992)
Vaughan Williams: O Taste and See (1953)
Whitacre: i thank You God for most this amazing day (2000, rev. 2009)

William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast
Andrew Constantine, conductor
Leon Williams, baritone
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus
Benjamin Rivera, guest chorus director
Benjamin Rivera, artistic director
IPFW University Singers
Aaron Mitchell, director
Saturday, March 2, 2013, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

American Voices: Peace and Light
A concert featuring American works from the 1960s to the present
June 2012

Alexia Rivera, soprano; Hoss Brock & Matthew Dean, tenors; Eric Miranda, baritone

Stacy Garrop: Lo Yisa Goy (a cappella)
Ariel Ramirez: Misa Criolla (performed in Spanish with Andean instruments)
John Corigliano: Fern Hill (with orchestra)
Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna (with orchestra)

Madrigals and Love Songs
A concert featuring Italian and English madrigals from the Renaissance, American madrigals from more recent times and love songs from Brahms to the Beatles
February 2012

Variations on a Theme
A concert of contrasting sacred works of the Renaissance with 20th century settings of the same texts
June 2011

Appear and Inspire!
A varied concert of choral music including Britten: Hymn to St. Cecilia, Brahms: Vier Zigeunerlieder, Barber: Sure on This Shining Night, Whitacre: Water Night, Spiritual Arrangements by Moses Hogan, William Dawson and Robert Shaw,
and more!

November 2010

Cantate Domino!
A self-titled concert featuring double choir music spanning several centuries, countries and languages. Join us for an uplifting journey through music of praise and prayer!
May 2010

Latin & Jazz!
Sacred choral music in Latin by American composers, folk songs, vocal jazz from Latin America, and a full set of instrumental Latin jazz performed by Greg Ward and his Afro-Latin ensemble
May 2009

20th Century and Contemporary Choral Music
Works by American composers from the 20th and 21st centuries: the sheer beauty of amazing music by Eric Whitacre, Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Morten Lauridsen and others
November 2008

American Folk Songs and Spirituals
including rousing arrangements by Rollo Dilworth, Jester Hairston and Moses Hogan
March 2008

Early Music of the Americas
Early American music from North, Central and South America;
guest conducted by eminent scholar and conductor Dr. Anne Heider

October 2007

Isn’t It Romantic? — 10th anniversary concert
Featuring music by Brahms and Mendelssohn, as well as The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others
June 2007

Cantate, the Concordia University Kapelle and the Chicago Arts Orchestra
Bradley Ellingboe’s Requiem, under the direction of the composer
Unsere Vaeter hofften auf dich
Psalm 67
Irish Tune
March 2007

Dance to the Music
June 2006

Singer’s Choice: Music We Love to Sing
March 2006

Choral Passion
featuring Hugo Distler’s Choralpassion, an a cappella passion story in the spirit of Schütz and Bach
June 2005

Music of “Old Europe”
featuring the Mass in G of Franz Schubert with the Chicago Classical String Quartet and Jeffrey Hamrick, organ
also music of Bach, Faure, Grieg, Debussy and Rodrigo

April 2005

Canciones de Vida y Amor
Songs of Life and Love: folk songs, dance music, art songs, and sacred music
June 2004

Chicago Botanic Garden
featuring unfamiliar arrangements of familiar melodies
December 2003

Mahler’s 2nd Symphony
Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest
November 2003

Bach motets recording
October 2003

Choral Music in English
(Classical Mondays recital series at the Chicago Cultural Center)
featuring spirituals, madrigals, and folk songs
August 2003

Psalms, Hymns and Spirituals
Beautiful sacred music by Berger, Brahms, Bruckner, Gretchaninoff, Rutter, Schubert and others, plus an exciting (and lengthy!) tribute to Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
June 2003

Rise Up, My Love

English language love songs and madrigals old and new by Holst, Mechem, Morley, Vaughan Williams and others
February 2003

Chicago Botanic Garden
December 2002

Christmas Run-out
December 2002

“GI: Government Issue — A World War II Memorial”
an oratorio for orchestra, chorus, vocal soloist and narrators by Michael James Karasis
World Premiere November 2002; repeated in November 2003

An American Civil War Memorial

an oratorio in 9 parts for orchestra, chorus, vocal soloists, and narrator by Michael James Karasis
featuring Senator Paul Simon (ret.), Narrator, at the Chicago Historical Society

September 2002

Songs of the Earth
June 2002

Ceremony of Carols
December 2001

Evanston First Night Celebration
December 2001

Chicago Botanic Garden
December 2001

“Pieterszoon, Paul and Mary”
October 2001

From Pious to Popular
April/May 2001