Constellation Men's Ensemble + La Caccina | Entreat Me Not to Leave You - Dan Forrest
Recorded at Alice Millar Chapel. March 1, 2020. Constellation Men's Ensemble + La Caccina. Christopher Windle, conductor Entreat Me Not to Leave You - Dan Forrest (b. 1978) Entreat me not to leave you, nor to turn back from following after you. For where you go, I will go; and where you live, I will live; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death parts you and me. —Ruth 1: 16-17 Published by Hinshaw Music https://www.hinshawmusic.com/ Dan Forrest’s setting of the text from Ruth is both desperate and assured in his use of two motives. The first is a plea with descending lines heard as the prayerful tears of someone staring at a loved one who has reached the end of their journey. The second is a promise, heard as a hymn tune, with the melody being passed between soprano and tenor voices. The power of the piece is in the juxtaposition of these two moments: While we all experience loss, grieving, and the unavoidable desire to hold on, there is an assurance in what is natural, what happens to us all. The idea of death being a moment of “both/and.” We offer this as a benediction for tonight’s concert. —Ryan Townsend Strand ©2020
Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1
Chicago Chamber Choir sings "Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1" from the Fall 2019 concert, "Where Flames a Word." Composer: Johannes Brahms Artwork: “Muffled Pines.” Available at gingerlypress.com. chicagochamberchoir.org --- Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen, Und das Leben den betrübten Herzen? Warum? Die des Todes warten und kommt nicht Und grüben ihn wohl aus dem verborgenen; Die sich fast freuen und sind fröhlich, daß sie das Grab bekommen. Warum? Und dem Manne des Weg verborgen ist, Und Gott vor ihm denselben bedecket? Warum? Lasset uns unser Herz samt den Händen aufheben zu Gott im Himmel. Siehe, wir preisen selig, die erduldet haben. Die Geduld Hiob habt ihr gehöret, Und das Ende des Herrn habt ihr gesehen; Denn der Herr ist barmherzig und ein Erbarmer! Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, in Gottes Willen, getrost ist mir mein Herz und Sinn, sanft und stille. Wie Gott mir verheißen hat, der Tod ist mir Schlaf worden. Why has light been given to the weary of soul, And life to the troubled hearts? Why? They who wait for death, and it doesn’t come; They who dig for it even out of secret places; Those who almost rejoice and are happy That they achieve the grave. Why? And to the man whose way is hidden, And from whom God himself has been concealed? Why? Let us lift up our hearts, together with our hands, to God in heaven. Behold, we value them as blessed who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, And the Lord’s conclusion you have seen: For the Lord is merciful and has compassion! With peace and joy I depart in God’s will, My heart and mind are comforted, calm, and quiet. As God had promised me: death has become my sleep
Constellation Men's Ensemble | Nova III: the sounds of silence
Our annual new music series, founded in 2016, returns for its third season. Curated by our co-founder Derek Boemler, this year NOVA III will turn down the volume, focusing on the chasm between each of us, and the deafening silence we must overcome to communicate. Featuring our largest world premiere yet by composer Nicholas Cline, this concert is sure to be an experience in sound and space. Program: Pauline Oliveros - Horse Sings from Cloud Gregory Brown Music - Twilight Hours** Nicholas Cline - the air is full** Stephen Deeter Music - Head Noise** John Milne - Rest** Eric Malmquist - Famidote** Augusta Read Thomas - The Rewakening ** denotes world premiere Tenors: Damon Cole Matthew Cummings Brennan Runzo Ryan Townsend Strand Baritones/Basses: Derek Boemler Matthew Cramer Will Myers Kyle Sackett Christopher Windle, conductor This program is made possible through the generous in-kind donations of the Guarneri Hall board of directors and Stefan Hersh.
Wanting Memories (Ysaye Barnwell)
Recorded in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Chamber Choir came together virtually to sing one of our favorite songs from our 2018-2019 season. Learn more about the Chicago Chamber Choir at www.chicagochamberchoir.org Many thanks to our Principal Accompanist Talar Khosdeghian for her assistance in the creation of this performance.
NOVA iii: the sounds of silence
Our annual new music series, founded in 2016, returns for its third season. Curated by our co-founder Derek Boemler, this year NOVA III will turn down the volume, focusing on the chasm between each of us, and the deafening silence we must overcome to communicate. Featuring our largest world premiere yet by composer Nicholas Cline, this concert is sure to be an experience in sound and space. Horse Sings From Cloud Pauline Oliveros Levy Lorenzo, electronics Twilight Hours* Gregory W. Brown The Air is Full* Nicholas Cline Famidoté* Eric Malmquist Rest* John Milne Head Noise* Stephen Deeter The Rewaking Augusta Read Thomas *denotes world premiere by Constellation Men's Ensemble for NOVA III (2019) https://www.artful.ly/store/events/16979
Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars
Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars by Jonathan Dove (b. 1959) Sung by the Atonement Choir on December 11, 2016 Advent Lessons and Carols Church of the Atonement, Chicago, IL Charles Sega, Organist and Choirmaster Christopher Windle, conductor and Assistant Choirmaster Text Seek Him that Maketh the Seven Stars and Orion And turneth the shadow of death into the morning. (Amos 5:8) Alleluia, yea, the darkness shineth as the day, the night is light about me. (Psalm 139)
Drop down, ye heavens, from above
Drop down, ye heavens, from above by Judith Weir (b. 1954) Sung by the Atonement Schola on December 11, 2016 Advent Lessons and Carols Church of the Atonement, Chicago, IL Charles Sega, Organist and Choirmaster Christopher Windle, conductor and Assistant Choirmaster Drop down, ye heavens from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people; my salvation shall not tarry. I have blotted out as a thick cloud, thy transgressions: Fear not, for I will save thee; For I am the Lord, thy God, the holy one of Israel, thy redeemer. (Advent Prose)