2016

Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Sunday, August 7, 2016, 3:00 pm

Mills Concert Hall, Mosse Humanities Building
455 N Park St. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to those who joined us for our 15th season. We performed the world premiere of Andrew Rindfleisch's Song of Jubilation (2016)., sang our hearts out to Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem. Both works were performed with a fantastic 43-piece orchestra. Soloists in the Brahms were Sarah Brailey, soprano, and Paul Rowe, baritone.

  • Song of Jubilation (2016) - Andrew Rindfleisch (b.1963)
  • A German Requiem, Op. 45 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    I.  Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (Blessed are they that mourn)
    II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (For all esh is as grass)
    III. Herr, lehre doch mich (Lord, teach me)
    IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How lovely are thy dwelling places) 
    V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (You now have sorrow)
    VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (For we have here no continuing place)
    VII. Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the dead)

2015

Friday, July 31, 2015
7:30 pm

Christ Presbyterian Church
944 East Gorham St. Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 5, 2015
3:00 pm

Lutheran Church of the Living Christ
110 N Gammon Rd. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to those who joined us for our 14th season. We titled it "Uncommon Images." We performed the world premiere of Corey Rubin's "The Snow Man (2014)." We were assisted by Valree Casey, oboe; Mary Ann Harr Grinde, harp; and Jane Peckham, piano.

  • Three Nativity Carols - Stephen Paulis (1949-2014)
    I. The Holly and the Ivy
    II. This Endris Night
    III. Wonder Tidings
  • The Snow Man (2014) - Corey Rubin (b. 1983)
  • Du bist aller Dinge schön- Melchior Franck (1580-1639
  • Coelos ascendit hodie, Op. 38, No. 2 - Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
  • Gloria from The Masque of Angels - Dominick Argento (b. 1927)
  • Desert Rose (2009) - Frank Wiley (b. 1949)
  • Beati quorum via, Op. 38, No. 3 - C.V. Stanford
  • Fahet uns die Füchse - M. Franck
  • I Sing to Use the Waiting (2014) - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Op. 29, No. 2 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    I. Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz
    II. Verwirf mich nicht von deinem Angesicht
    III. Tröste mich wieder mit deiner Hilfe

2014

Friday, August 1, 2014
7:30 pm

Christ Presbyterian Church
944 East Gorham St. Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 3, 2014
3:00 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 South Segoe Rd. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to those who joined us for our 13th season of transformative choral performances featuring masterworks by Raminish, Purchell, de Prez, Rindfleish, and Brahms. Kathy Otterson sang a haunting solo in "There's a Man Goin' Round."

  • Come, My Light - Imant Raminsh (b. 1943)
  • Hear My Prayer - Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Mille regretz - Josquin des Prez (c. 1440-1521)
  • Mille regretz - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen? - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    I. Langsam und ausdrucksvoll: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?
    II. Wenig bewegter: Lasset uns unser Herz
    III. Langsam und sanft: Siehe, wir preisen selig
    IV. Choral: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
  • Virga Jesse floruit - Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
  • Tebe poyem - Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Ne riday Mene, Mati - Alexandre Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)
  • Figures de danse - Lionel Daunais (1901-1982)
    I. Pas Grave
    II. Jetés-Battus (epitaphe)
    III. Grand Écart
    IV. Adagio
    V. Bayadère
    VI. Maryse and partner
  • There’s a Man Goin’ Round - arr. Moses Hogan (1957-2003)
  • Elijah Rock - arr. Moses Hogan

2013

Friday, August 2, 2013
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin


Sunday, August 4, 2013
3:00 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 South Segoe Rd. Madison, Wisconsin


Thanks to those who joined us for our 12th season of transformative choral performances featuring masterworks by Bach, Brahms, Mahler, Sweelinck, and Britten.

  • Or soit loue l’Eternel (Psalm 150) - Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
    1. Or soit loue l’Eternel
    2. Soit joint avecques la voix
    3. Soit le los de sa bonté
  • Fest und Gedenksprüche, Op. 10 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
    1. Unsere Väter hofften auf dich
    2. Wenn ein starker Gewappneter
    3. Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk
  • Motet, BWV Anh. 15 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    1. Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn
    2. Chorale: Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz? (BWV 421)
      Continuo Group: Kathrine Handford, organ; Eric Miller, cello; Rose Gear, bass
  • Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekomme - Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) (from Rückert-Lieder, transcribed by Clytus Gottwald,1982); Molly Wells, soprano
  • Hymn to Saint Peter - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976); Diane Severson Mori, soprano
  • The Canticle of Brother Sun - Grayston Ives (b. 1948)
  • Dance-Rond - Philip Moore (b. 1943); Kathrine Handford, organ
  • O Vos omnes (world premiere) - Linda Kachelmeier (b. 1965); Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo-soprano
  • Twa tanbo - Sydney Guillaume (b. 1982)

2012

Friday, August 3, 2012
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 5, 2012
3:00 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church
326 South Segoe Rd. Madison, Wisconsin

Thanks to all who joined us for our 11th season of transformative choral performances featuring masterworks by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Stanford, and contemporary works, including a world premiere!

This year we performed Friday evening in the glorious acoustics of Luther Memorial Church (and yes, the air conditioning was on...as promised), and Sunday afternoon in the more intimate Covenant Presbyterian Church.

  • Richte mich, Gott, Op. 78, No. 2 -  Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
  • Parce midi - Domine Cristóbal de Morales (c. 1500-1553)
  • Three poems by Lorine Niedecker (world premiere) - Jerry Hui (b. 1981)
    I. My mother saw the green tree toad
    II. My life by water
    III. From my bed I see
  • The Drowned Lovers (1998, rev. 2009) - Judith Bingham (b. 1952); Sarah Leuwerke, mezzo soprano
  • The Bluebird - Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
  • Der Abend, Op. 62, No. 2 - Johannes Brahms (1833-1897); Jane Peckham, piano
  • Lux caelestis (2004/2011)Timothy Kramer (b. 1959)
    I. Yehi-or (Let There Be Light) Matthew Love, bass
    II. At toi Atrem (Of Thy Fire) Jennifer Sams, mezzo soprano; Ryan Matos, tenor
    III. Pabhassara Sutta (Luminous Discourse)
    IV. Gayatri Mantra (Hymn Prayer, to Savitur)
    V. Lux aeterna (Light Eternal) John Bohman, baritone; Jerry Hui, tenor
  • El Vito - arr. Mack Wilberg; Jane Peckham and Jess Salek, piano
  • Encore: Abendlied - Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901)

2011

Isthmus Vocal Ensemble
10th Anniversary Concerts

Friday, August 5, 2011
7:30 pm

Luther Memorial Church
1021 University Ave. Madison, Wisconsin


Sunday, August 7, 2011
3:00 pm

St. Stephens Lutheran Church
5700 Pheasant Hill Rd. Monona, Wisconsin

Our 10th season featured TWO concerts rather than our usual single performance. Both featuring choral masterworks spanning five centuries, from Gibbons to Bach to Lotti to Lauridsen to Mendelssohn to Rindfleisch.

  • Hosanna to the Son of David - Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
  • Crucifixus, a 8 - Antonio Lotti (c. 1667-1740)
  • Motet: Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  • Continuo: Kathrine Handford, organ; Eric Miller, cello
  • Wie der Hirsch schreit - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
  • Fugue in c minor, Op. 37 - Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
  • Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks - Herbert Howells (1892-1983). Jennifer Sauer, soprano
  • Jubilate Deo (in C) - Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  • Salmo de Alabanza - Andrew Rindfleisch (b. 1963)
  • Wie liegt die Stadt so wüst - Rudolf Mauersberger (1889-1971)
  • Sure on this shining night - Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943) Mary Woodworth Schmidt, conductor
  • Idumea (Sacred Harp) - Ananias Davisson, arr. Richard Bjella. Robyn Chase, Ben Acton; violin Mark Begin, Will Raymer, Ben Acton, Joe Testa; tenors
  • Saints Bound for Heaven - arr. Alice Parker/Robert Shaw