Wisconsin Chamber Choir

Hope Springs Eternal
A spring concert featuring Baroque music for choir and chamber orchestra by G. F. Handel and J. D. Zelenka, as well as newly commissioned works in honor of John Lewis and Rosa Parks.
 
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Concert Program

Text: Psalm 122
Soloist: Rachel Wood, mezzo soprano; Emily Bilhorn, soprano

Laetatus sum in his quae dicta sunt mihi:
In domum Domini ibimus.
Stantes erant pedes nostri, in atriis tuis, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, quae aedificatur ut civitas: cujus participatio ejus in idipsum.
Illuc enim ascenderunt tribus, tribus Domini: testimonium Israël,
ad confitendum nomini Domini.
Quia illic sederunt sedes in judicio, sedes super domum David.
Rogate quae ad pacem sunt Jerusalem, et abundantia diligentibus te.
Fiat pax in virtute tua,
et abundantia in turribus tuis.
Propter fratres meos et proximos meos, loquebar pacem de te.
Propter domum Domini Dei nostri,
quaesivi bona tibi.
Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saculorum.
Amen.
I rejoiced at the things that were said to me:
We shall go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet were standing in thy courts, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, which is built as a city that is at unity in itself.
For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel,
to praise the name of the Lord.
For there is the seat of judgment, the seat of the house of David.
O pray for the for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love thee.
Let peace be in thy strength:
and abundance in thy towers.
For the sake of my brethren, and of my neighbors, I spoke peace to thee.
Because of the house of the Lord our God,
I have sought good things for thee.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and always shall be, throughout generations of generations.
Amen.

Text: Psalm 17

Diligam te Domine, fortitudo mea.
Dominus firmamentum meum et refugium meum et liberator meus,
Deus meus adjutor meus et sperabo in eum,
protector meus et cornu salutis meae et susceptor meus.
Laudans invocabo Dominum et ab inimicis salvus ero.
I will love you, O Lord my strength.
The Lord is my firmament, and my refuge, and my deliverer.
My God is my helper, and I will hope in him;
my protector, and the horn of my salvation, and my support.
With praise I will call upon the Lord: and I shall be saved from my enemies.

 Text: Psalm 102

Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my crying come unto thee.

 Text: Psalm 42

As Pants the Hart, HWV 251e
I. Sinfonia
II. As Pants The Hart
Anne Thurber, mezzo soprano; James Lynch, tenor;
Greg Schmidt, baritone; Aaron Rapp, bass;
Annie Stravinski, soprano;
Ann Baltes, soprano; Sarah Hallas, mezzo soprano
III. Tears Are My Daily Bread
Katherine Fortney, mezzo soprano
IV. Now, When I Think Thereupon
Mark Anderson, baritone
V. In the Voice of Praise
VI. Why So Full of Grief, My Soul?
Katherine Fortney, mezzo soprano; James Lynch, tenor
VII. Put Thy Trust in God / Alleluia
Nathaniel Lutes, bass

Text: Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Evening and the flat land,
Rich and somber and always silent;
The miles of fresh-plowed soil,
Heavy and black, full of strength and harshness;
The growing wheat, the growing weeds,
The toiling horses, the tired men;
The long empty roads,
Sullen fires of sunset, fading,
The eternal, unresponsive sky.
Against all this, Youth,
Flaming like the wild roses,
Singing like the larks over the plowed fields,
Flashing like a star out of the twilight;
Youth with its insupportable sweetness,
Its fierce necessity,
Its sharp desire,
Singing and singing,
Out of the lips of silence,
Out of the earthy dusk.

Text: Rosa Parks & Jalāl ad-Dīn Mohammad Rūmī
In memoriam Rosa Parks

I would like to be remembered as a
person who wanted to be free…
so other people would be also free.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.
Love calls – everywhere and always.
We’re sky bound.

Soloists: Ann Baltes and Megan Wiemann, sopranos

If we want hope to survive in this world today,
Then every day we’ve got to pray on , pray on
(teach on, work on, march on, sing on)
If we want hope to survive in this world today,
Then every day we’ve got to pray on
(teach on, work on, march on, sing on)

Text: Ukrainian folksong
Soloists: Aaron Rapp, Mark Anderson, Scott McBride,
Greg Schmidt, Bob Brod, baritones;
Sarah Hallas, mezzo soprano

Гей, плине кача по Тисині.
Мамко ж моя, не лай мені.

Гей, залаєш ми в злу годину.
Сам не знаю де погину.

Гей, погину я в чужім краю.
Хто ж ми буде брати яму?

Гей, виберут ми чужі люди.
Ци не жаль ти, мамко, буде?

Гей, якби ж мені, синку, не жаль?
Ти ж на моїм серцю лежав.

Гей, плине кача по Тисині.

A duck floats down the river Tisa.
My dear mother, don’t scold me.

For if you scold me in an ill hour,
I know not where I will perish.

I will perish in some foreign land,
And who then will dig a grave for me?

Foreigners will dig a grave for me,
Will you not be sorry for me, mother?

How could I not feel sorry for you, my son.
You have lain on my dear heart.

A duck floats down the river Tisa.

Soloist: Zoya Nevinskaya, mezzo soprano

Обращаюсь ко всем живущим
Разных стран и
наречий разных:
Ради жизни веков грядущих
Объявить повсеместный праздник

День без выстрела на Земле
День без выстрела на Земле

Если праздник удачным будет
Можно силы свои утроить
Сговориться надежно людям
И на радость людей устроить

Год без выстрела на Земле
Год без выстрела на Земле

Год без выстрела дней спокойных
Год без пыток
ночей осторожных
Вот тогда позабыв о войнах
Начинать уже будет можно:

Век без выстрела на Земле
Век без выстрела на Земле

И земля зацветет отменно
Из кровавого выйдет круга
Мы разучимся постепенно
На Земле убивать друг друга

Жизнь без выстрела на Земле
Жизнь без выстрела на Земле

Люди, люди
Дело только за вами!

I appeal to everyone living
In different countries and speaking
different languages:
For the life of the ages to come
Announce a national holiday:

A day without a shot on earth,
A day without a shot on earth.

If the holiday is successful
You can triple your strength.
Speak securely to people
And enable the joy of all people.

A year without a shot on Earth,
A year without a shot on Earth.

A year of calm days without a shot,
A year without torture,
without fretful nights,
That’s when we will forget about war
You can start now:

A century without a shot on Earth,
A century without a shot on Earth.

And the earth will bloom perfectly;
We will emerge from the bloody cycle,
We will gradually unlearn
to kill each other, on the earth.

Life without a shot on earth,
Life without a shot on earth.

People, people
It’s up to you!

Text: Spiritual
Soloist: James Lynch, tenor

My Soul’s been anchored in the Lord.
Before I’d stay in hell one day
I’d sing and pray myself away
I’m gonna pray and never stop
until I reach the mountain top.

Soloist: Andi Becerra, Joana Huibregtse, and Annie Stravinski, sopranos
Jointly commissioned by a consortium of choruses to benefit the programs and services of Chorus America.

Trouble, oh trouble!
Good trouble, necessary trouble
Make some noise, get in trouble,
Good trouble necessary trouble.
Defend the soul of our nation,
Use your power to make a difference.
Demand respect for Human Dignity
Discover what takes Root in our hearts
Answer the highest calling… (of your hearts)
Stand up for what you believe.
Let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide:
Make some noise, Get in trouble
Good trouble necessary trouble.
See something, say something, do something, make some noise!
Make some noise, Get in trouble
Good trouble necessary trouble.
Make some noise, get in trouble
Good trouble, necessary trouble.
Silence no more, silence no more,
Silence no more, make some noise.
Silence no more, silence no more
Make some noise, Get in trouble
MAKE SOME NOISE!

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