Festival Choir Concert

LSM Festival Choir
Dr. Marin Jacobson

I. Sing to the Lord
Be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5:18-20

Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire by Veni Creator Spiritus, setting by Michael Burkhardt (b. 1957)
With the LSM Handbell Choir                                                    

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire,
Ignite them with celestial fire;
Spirit of God, you have the art
Your gifts, the sev’nfold, to impart. 

Your blest outpouring from above
Is comfort, life, and fire of love,
Illumine with perpetual light
The dullness of our blinded sight.

Anoint and cheer our much-soiled face
With the abundance of your grace
Keep far our foes; give peace at home;
Where you guide us, no ill can come.

Teach us to know the Father, Son,
And you, of both, to be but one
That as the ceaseless ages throng,
Your praise may be our endless song! Amen.

without pause

Cantate Domino by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

Cantate Domino canticum novum,
cantate Domino omnis terra.
Et benedicite nomini ejus:
Annuntiate de die in diem salutare ejus.
Annuntiate inter gentes gloriam ejus,
in omnibus populis mirabilia ejus.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
Sing to the Lord all the earth
and bless his name:
Announce his salvation from day to day.
Announce his glory to all the nations
and his mighty acts to all peoples.

-Psalm 96:1-3 

In virtute tua by Grzegorz G. Gorczycki (1665-1734) ed. William Bausano
Erika Blanco, violin │ Josephine Durdin, violin │ Gregory Hamilton, cello │ Elizabeth Manus, continuo

In virtute tua, Domine
laetabitur Justus:
Et super salutare tuum
exsultabit vehementer.
Desiderium animae ejus tribuisti ei.

In your strength, O Lord,
the just shall rejoice:
and in your salvation they shall
rejoice exceedingly.
You have given them their heart’s desire.

-Psalm 20:2-3

II. Sing to the Lord all the earth
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the LORD.
- Psalm 96:11-13a 

And in the Evening by Audrey Snyder (b. 1953)

And in the evening, when silence comes;
the evening star draws the blue curtains of the sky,
and washes the dusk with silver. 

Sleep upon a bed of silence,
sleep and dream.
Dream upon the silence of the night.

And in the evening, when silence comes;
the heav’nly stars stream through interstellar space,
Clothed in radiant splendor. 

Sleep upon a bed of silence,
sleep and dream.
Dream upon the silence of the night.
-text adapted by Audrey Snyder from the poetry of William Blake (1757-1827)

The Earth Adorned by Waldemar Åhlén(1894-1982), ed. Kenneth Jennings (1925-2015)
Samuel Doyle, tenor

The earth adorned in verdant robe
Sends praises upward surging,
While soft winds breathe on fragrant flow’rs
From winter now emerging.
The sunshine bright gives warmth and light
To budding blossoms tender,
Proclaiming summer splendor.

From out the wood, the birds now sing
And each its song now raises,
To join with all the universe
In voicing thankful praises.
With hope and joy their songs employ
A rapturous exultation
In praise of God’s creation.

O God, amid these joys of life,
Creation’s glory beaming,
Grant us the grace to keep your word
And live in love redeeming.
All flesh is grass, the flowers fade,
And time is fleeting ever;
God’s word remains forever. 

Praise the Lord (1994)  Traditional Cameroon Melody, Arr. Ralph Johnson (b. 1955)
Oliver Konecny │ Jason Laine │ Fernanda VanAtta │ Andrew Veit 

Praise the Lord! Praise God’s holy name. Alleluia!

III. Thy Kingdom Come
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” – Revelation 21:2-4 

The Lord’s Prayer by David N. Childs (b. 1969)
Kari Jacobson, flute│ Samuel Macy, conductor

Our Father, which art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen 

Jerusalem by Traditional Irish, Arr. Michael McGlynn (b. 1964)
Katie Benkendorf mezzo soprano │ Natalie Johnson, soprano│ Grace Tobin, soprano│ Sophia Rice, soprano

Jerusalem our happy home
When shall we come to thee?
When shall our sorrow have an end?
Thy joy, when shall we see? 

There’s cinnamon that scenteth sweet;
There palms spring on the ground.
No tongue can tell, no heart can think,
What joys do there abound. 

For evermore the trees bear fruit,
And evermore they do spring
And evermore the saints are glad,
And evermore they sing. 

There Magdalen she has less moan
Likewise there she doth sing;
The happy saints in harmony
Through every street doth ring. 

Fair Magdalen hath dried her tears;
She’s seen no more to weep,
Nor wet the ringlets of her hair,
To wash our Saviour’s feet. 

Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock (2006) by Abbie Betinis (b. 1980)

Blessed be the Lord, my rock, my rock and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer;
my shield and he in whom I take refuge.
We are like breath,
our days are like a passing shadow.
Bow thy heav’ns, O Lord,
come down!
Stretch forth thy hand from on high,
rescue me, deliver me.
I will sing a new song to thee, O God.

- Psalm 144 paraphrase 

City Called Heaven (1994), Arr. Josephine Poelinitz (b. 1994)
Richard Harrison, tenor │ Bella Fontana, soprano

I am a pilgrim, a pilgrim of sorrow,
I’m left in this old wide world, this old wide world alone!
I ain’t got no hope, got no hope for tomorrow.
I’m trying to make it, make heaven my home.
Sometimes I’m tossed and I’m driven, Lord.
Sometimes I just don’t know which way to turn
Oh, I heard of a city, of a city called heaven.
I’m trying to make it, make heaven my home.

IV. Thy praise shall be our endless song 

Alleluia from “Songs of Faith” by Paul Basler (b. 1963)
Bruce Atwell, horn │ Andrew Veit, conga drums │ Oliver Konecny, tambourine

Program Notes

Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire is sung to the tune Veni, Creator Spiritus attributed to Rabanus Maurus (776-856). This hymn of the church is associated with Pentecost and is sung this evening as we join our voices in the endless song of praise reverberating through Christ’s church.

Cantate Domino
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) was one of the first great German composers to study in Italy and was a leading figure in sharing the Italian style with other German composers. Hassler’s 1601 motet Cantate Domino demonstrates characteristics typical of Renaissance motets with imitative entrances, melismas that emphasize “cantate” (sing), contrasting duple and triple meters, and a sacred Psalm text.

In virtute tua
While Polish baroque composer Grzegorz Gorczycki (1665-1734) may not be as well known by American audiences today as his contemporaries Handel (1685-1759) and J.S. Bach (1685-1750), his works are well known and frequently performed in Poland. Sounds of the baroque are heard in the continuo organ and cello, with a pair of violins that introduce principal motives and elaborate on motives shared with the voices. Gorczycki’s setting of Psalm 20:2-3 emphasizes rejoicing through repeated melismas as the choir sings “laetabitur” (rejoice) and through energetic repetition of “exsultabit vehementer” (rejoice exceedingly). The ebullient joy of the first section contrasts with a reflective tone at “Desiderium animae eius,” (You have given them their heart’s desire). The many repetitions of “desiderium” (desires) and “tribuisti” (to give or grant) seem to suggest that God gives lavishly more than we can ask or imagine. The composer also creates a sense of longing and satisfaction through the dissonance and resolution of multiple suspensions.

And in the Evening
William Blake (1757-1827) displayed his creativity through poetry and painting. One finds signs of Blake’s mystical and imaginative nature in the text of this piece and in the sound world Audrey Snyder creates.

The Earth Adorned
Swedish organist, music teacher, and composer Waldemar Åhlén (1894-1982) studied at the Conservatory of Music in Stockholm and in Dresden. While he composed music for piano, organ, and choir, hymns are central to his compositional work. The hymn, Sommarpsalm (Psalm of Summer) was translated by Kenneth and Carolyn Jennings. Made available in the U.S. through the Jennings edition, this beautiful hymn has become a staple of Lutheran college choirs.

Praise the Lord
Elaine Hanson learned this processional hymn while serving as a missionary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in Cameroon, West Africa. She sang the hymn as a member of Femmes Pour Christ (Women for Christ).

In his compositions, Michael McGlynn creates choral music from traditional Irish sources. The Irish element is evident in the vocal ornaments, in the modal scale (Mixolydian) and in the text with its imaginative depiction of heaven’s sweet scents, abundant joy, and saints singing in harmony.

Blessed Be the Lord, My Rock
Minneapolis composer Abbie Betinis composed this paraphrase of Psalm 144 September 12, 2001 as the world reeled from the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon the day before. She composed this piece as a prayer for the victims and survivors. The text and music offer hope in the face of tragedy, and echo our LSM theme, “God is our refuge and strength.”

City Called Heaven is a “sorrow song” that is usually performed in the style of “surge-singing.” The surge-singing style mirrors the weightiness of despair and points to the hope of heaven. The arranger, Josephine Poelinitz, worked as an elementary music specialist in the Chicago Public Schools and conducted the All-City Elementary Youth Chorus. She has composed music for schools, churches, and the community.

Alleluia is the fourth of five movements in Paul Basler’s “Songs of Faith.” This dynamic composition for choir, horn, piano, and percussion displays a radiant attitude of praise. As the concert draws to a close, we continue singing in the spirit of our first anthem…Your praise shall be our endless song.

Event Date: 
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event Type: 
Event Location: 
Chapel of the Resurrection