2010

Songs of Advent and Christmas (in August)
Friday, August 6, 2010
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to all who joined us for our ninth annual performance on Friday, August 6, 2010, for an evening of extraordinary choral music.

  • Shiloh - William Billings (1746 - 1800)
  • Two Advent Motets - John McIntyre(b. 1955)
  • Ave Maria - Jean Mouton (c. 1459 - 1522
  • Bogoroditse Devo - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 - 1943)
  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Scott MacPherson (b. 1956)
  • ORGAN INTERLUDE: Benedictus - Alec Rowley (1892 - 1958)
  • Fanfare for Christmas - Lloyd Pfautsch (1921 - 2003)
  • Corde natus ex parentis - Justin Merritt (b. 1975)
  • Pilgrim Jesus - Stephen Paulus (b. 1949)
  • Comfort, Comfort Ye My People - David Ashley White (b. 1944)
  • O Magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
  • Joseph, lieber, Joseph mein - Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 - 1629)
  • Resonet in laudibus - Chester Alwes (b. 1947)
  • Spaséniye sodélal - Pavel Chesnokov (1877 - 1944)
  • Alleluya, A New Work is Come on Hand - Peter Wishart (1921 - 1984)
  • ENCORE: Es wird scho glei dumpa - arr. B. Schlafke

2009

Friday, August 7, 2009
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to all who joined us for our eighth annual performance on Friday, August 7, 2009, for an evening of extraordinary choral works from the British Isles. Five centuries of masterworks spanned Byrd, Weelkes, and Wilbye through Britten and contemporary selections. All in the glorious acoustics of Luther Memorial Church.

Special guests included organist Kathrine Handford and pianist Jane Peckham, alongside our crew of world-class choral singers under the baton of Scott MacPherson.

It's once a year. It's gone in a moment. It was a night to remember!

  • O Sing Joyfully - Adrian Batten
  • Be unto me, O Lord - William Byrd
  • Draw on Sweet Night - John Wilbye
  • Thule, the period of cosmography - Thomas Weelkes
  • The Andalusian Merchant - Thomas Weelkes
  • Three Shakespeare Songs - Ralph Vaughan Williams
    I.  Full Fathom Five
    II. The Cloud Capp'd Towers
    III. Over Hill, Over Dale
     
  • Rejoice in the Lamb - Benjamin Britten
  • Let the people praise thee, O God - William Mathias
  • Song for Athene - John Tavener
  • Nunc dimittis - Gustav Holst
  • Ring Out, Wild Bells - Jonathan Dove
  • I love my love - arr. Gustav Holst
  • I'm seventeen come Sunday - arr. Percy Grainger
  • ENCORES - I sat down under His shadow - Edward Bairstow; Oliver Cromwell - Benjamin Britten

2008

Friday, August 1, 2008
7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church
203 Wisconsin Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

One dollar of every ticket sold to this event was donated to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry in support of its essential mission and exceptional service to those in need.

  • Missa brevis - Palestrina
    Kyrie
    Gloria
    Agnus Dei I & II
  • Crucifixus - Lotti
  • Coronation Anthem: "The King Shall Rejoice" - Handel; featuring Sam Hutchison, Organ Curator & Principal Organist for the Madison Symphony Orchestra
  • Four Songs, Op. 42 - Brahms
    No. 1: Abendständchen
    No. 2: Vineta
    No. 3: Darthulas Grebesgesang
    Op. 62, No. 3: Waldesnacht
  • "Suite" de Lorca - Rautavaara
    Canción de jinete
    El Grito
    La luna asoma
    Malagueña
  • Careless Carols - Rindfleisch
  • Deep River Roll Jordan Roll - Traditonal Spiritual
    arr. Fountain

2007

Friday, August 3, 2007
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Our 2007 concert featured choral works spanning three centuries -- from J.S. Bach to Eric Whitacre to a collection of Russian composers -- performed live, lovingly, and with the expression and depth audiences have come to expect.

  • Jesu, meine Freude - J.S. Bach
  • Ne rïdáy Meñé, Máti - Alexandre Gretchaninoff
  • Serenade - Anton Arensky
  • Véñiki - F. Rubtsov
  • Lux Aeterna - Timothy Kramer
  • Daemon Irrepit Callidus - György Orbán
  • Water Night - Eric Whitacre
  • How Can I Keep From Singing - Trad., arr. Ronald Staheli
  • Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal - Trad., arr. Alice Parker
  • The Promised Land - Trad., arr. Ronald Staheli

2006

Songs of War & Peace
Friday, August 4, 2006

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Yet again in 2006, we packed the rafters at Luther Memorial for an extraordinary celebration of choral music, exploring the theme of war & peace.

  • La Guerre - Clément Janequin (1475-1560)
  • Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich - Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
  • Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst - Rudolf Mauersberger (1889-1971)
  • All Things New - Bruce Bengtson (b. 1949), organ Stephen Paulus
  • Agnus Dei - Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
  • All Wars Were Done - Scott MacPherson (b. 1956)
  • Hymn to St. Cecilia, Op. 27 - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • The Battle of Jericho - Trad. Spiritual; arr. Moses Hogan
  • In Paradisum (from Requiem, Op. 48) - Bruce Bengtson (1845-1924); organ Gabriel Fauré

2005

Byrd, Bach, Britten, Brahms
Friday, August 5, 2005
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to the full-house crowd who joined us for our only performance in 2005 in the glorious acoustics of Luther Memorial near the UW-Madison central campus.

  • Mass for Five Voices - William Byrd(c. 1543-1623)
  • Singet dem Herrn ein Neues Lied - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Festival Te Deum - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Schaffe in mir, Gott, Op. 29, No. 2 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Tebé poyém (“We Hymn Thee”) - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

2004

Friday, August 6, 2004, 7:30 pm
St. James Catholic Church
Madison, Wisconsin

The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble was honored to perform three world premieres for our 2004 program (marked with an asterisk).

  • Laudate Dominum in sanctis ejus - Philippe Rogier (c. 1561-1596)
  • In Manus tuas - Sebastien de Vivanco (c. 1550-1622)
  • In Manus tuas (1986, after Vivanco) - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • Under the Greenwood Tree* (2004 revised edition) - Robert Baksa (b. 1938)
  • Sweet Rose Fair Flower (1988) - Andrew Rindfleisch
  • O Mistress Mine - Robert Baksa
  • Gebet (1989) - Andrew Rindfleisch
  • Me! Come! My Dazzled Face! (2004)* - Andrew Rindfleisch
  • Exultate justi in Domino - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c. 1590-1664)
  • Psalm (1998) - Andrew Rindfleisch
  • Dixit Dominus (1987)* - Andrew Rindfleisch

2003

Friday, August 1, 2003, 7:30 pm
Luther Memorial Church
Madison, Wisconsin

Works span from the 15th to the 21st century, including a world premiere composition written for the ensemble in memory of choral legend Robert Fountain.

  • Si ch'io vorrei morire - Claudio Monteverdi(1567-1643)
  • Dormiva Dolcemente - Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612)
  • Alma Redemptoris -  Mater Johannes Ockeghem (c.1410-1497)
  • La Deploration de Johannes Ockeghem - Josquin des Près (c.1450-1521)
  • Der Gerechte - Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)
  • To His Music (world premiere) in memory of Robert Fountain - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • An Elizabethan Summer - Stephen Chatman (b. 1950)
    I. Cuckoo
    II. Golden Slumbers Kiss Your Eyes
    III. Come Away, Sweet Love
  • Three Songs, Op. 31, Nos. 1-3 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897); Jane Peckham, piano
    I. Wechsellied zum Tanz (Variations for the Dance)
    II. Neckereien (Flirtation)
    III. Der Gang Zum Liebchen (Journey to My Love)
  • El Hambo - Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (b. 1963)

2002

Thursday, August 8, 2002, 8:00 pm
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Madison, Wisconsin

  • Gaudete omnes - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
  • Vere languores - Tomas Luis de Victoria (1540-1611)
  • O Magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
  • Jesus sprach zu dem Blinden - Melchior Vulpius (1570-1615)
  • Selig sind die Toten - Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)
  • Psalm (Die mit Tränen säen) - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • Fyez vous y si vous voulés - Clément Janequin (ca. 1485-1558)
  • Toutes les nuictz - C. Janequin
  • O Grief, Ev’n on the Bud - Thomas Morley (c. 1557-1602)
  • All Creatures Now - John Bennet (c. 1575-after 1614)
  • Psalm 42, Op. 42 - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847); Jane Peckham, piano; Jackie Lathrop, soprano soloist
  1. Chorus - “Wie der Hirsch schreit”
  2. Soprano Aria - “Meine Seele dürstet nach Gott”
  3. Recitative/Soprano Aria/Women’s Chorus - “Denn ich wollte gern hingehen”
  4. Chorus - “Was betrübst du dich, meine Seele”
  5. Recitative/Soprano Arioso - “Mein Gott…”
  6. Quintet/Soprano solo and Male Chorus - “Der Herr hat des Tages…”
  7. Chorus “Was betrübst…Harre auf Gott…Preis sei dem Herrn”