Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Music for All Saints' Day

I will be cantoring the 7.00 am Mass tomorrow morning at Immaculate Conception, and then tomorrow evening at Chapel of the Cross, I will be singing with the Senior Choir in their Solemn Eucharist at 8.00 pm.

Here are the music list for both services.

November 1: Solemnity of All Saints (7.00 am)

Gloria: Mass of Creation (MOC)
Alleluia: Halle, Halle (Verse: Mt. 11:28, I managed to fit it to the music for the Gospel Verse. Cool.)
Sanctus, Mem. Accl., Amen, Agnus Dei: MOC

Pro: 793 For All the Saints (SINE NOMINE. Here's to hoping we get to do all 8 verses, but I'm not holding my breath.)
Psalm: 34 Ps 24 Refrain I (Keil)
Off: 771
Jerusalem, My Happy Home (LAND OF REST)
Comm: 659 Blest Are They
Re: 794 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (LASST UNS ERFREUEN)


November 1: Solemn Eucharist for the Feast of All Saints (8.00 pm)

Prelude: Passacaglia in c minor (Bach)
Pro: For All the Saints (SINE NOMINE)
Kyrie: Messe Solennelle (Langlais)
Gloria: Messe Solennelle
Sequence: Who are these like stars appearing (ZEUCH MICH, ZEUCH MICH)
Offertory: A Song for Athene (Tavener)
Sanctus, Benedictus: Messe Solennelle
Communion: Remember Your Servants, Lord (Russian Orthodox Chant)
Re: O what their joy and glory must be (O QUANTA QUALIA)
Postlude: Fugue in c minor (Bach)

Concert Programs for Bach's Lunch II and PipeScreams!

For this, my 50th post, I decided to share a couple of concert programs with you. Both took place yesterday (Tuesday, October 30). The first is the second in a series of noontime organ recitals at the Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. The second is a Halloween program and fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity, in which I played a piece.

Bach's Lunch
Thomas A.J. Bloom, organ
Watts Street Baptist Church, Durham, NC

Program: An Abendmusik for the Eve of Reformation Day: Organ Music of Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)

Voluntary: Ciacona in e minor, BuxWV 160
Psalm 46: Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184
The Canticles:
  • Magnificat Primi Toni, BuxWV 203
  • Nunc Dimittis: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BuxWV 76
    • Contrapunctus [I]
    • Evolutio [I]
    • Contrapunctus [II]
    • Evolutio [II]
The Hymn: Nun lob, mein Seel', den Herren, BuxWV 212
Voluntary: Praeludium in d minor, BuxWV 140


PipeScreams! 2007
University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Allegro Maestoso from Symphony III ("Ghost", actually the MIDI player on the Moeller organ)
  • Scherzo from Symphony II (Tim Baker. He was the emcee of the entire event.)
Boëllmann: Toccata from Suite Gothique (Lyn Francisco. I played the Student, and wore my academic robes, minus Ph.D. hood.)

Albright: Nocturn (Tom Bloom. What a trooper, after having played that brilliant Buxtehude program at noon, he came back 7 hours later to perform in this program!)

P. D. Q. Bach: Toot Suite (Barbara Leder and Sandy Hobgood. She was dressed as a she-devil. He was dressed as a green-faced witch.)
  • I - Preloud
  • II - O.K. Chorale
  • III - Fuga Vulgaris
Tournemire: Improvisation on Te Deum (Mila Karamushka. She played the part of the Firefly Fairy, but really looked more like a large orange butterfly up there.)

Lloyd Webber: All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera (Florence Peacock, soprano and Lewis Moore, baritone, accompanied by Tim Baker, organ, dressed as the Phantom. You can guess how Florence and Lewis were dressed.)

J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in d minor (Tim Baker, de-Phantomed.)

Tim billed this as a "serious" piece; however, there were a series of "monsters", including a witch threatening to cast a spell on the organist before being chased away by a bucket of water; a big hairy gorilla, who threatened to slap the organist before being lured away by a bunch of bananas; a Duke Basketball Fan (Cameron Crazy?), who was chased away by Carolina Tar Heel pom-poms (you would have to know the Duke-UNC basketball rivalry to get that one); and Frankenstein, who threatened to strangle the organist but was lured away by his bride, who scolded Franky and led him away.

Throughout the program, there was funny commentary by a couple of women who played the part of bossy and nosy churchwomen, who at first were insulted that they weren't even consulted about this apparently serious organ program, but then insult turned to outrage as they threaten to report this to the Senior Pastor. In a stroke of comedic timing, just as they finished that line, guess who walks into the sanctuary? The Senior Pastor!

It was a fun program, and the audience was very generous, giving their shares of standing ovations to those of us performing either on the bench, singing, or acting.

The coolest thing - after the program, I was approached by a young mother and her daughter. The mother asked me if I was at the NC State Fair, doing the Chemistry Magic Shows. I said yes, I gave a couple of shows at the Fair. She said she thought she recognized me, and said her daughter was one of my assistants. I recognized her daughter as the one I had stuff an inflated balloon in a beaker filled with liquid nitrogen. Very cool indeed!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Me? Sport Prognosticator?

For all the years I've been following baseball and football/soccer, I had never dared to make predictions over who I think will win the major matches, especially since I generally get them wrong. (Don't even remind me of the 2004 World Cup ... I was travelling in Italy with friends when that was going on.)

Here's one time when I actually got it right. Quoting from what I wrote on Ryan L.'s Facebook wall on October 7:
Dare I say it? Sorry, Cubbies, but I'm glad AZ won. I'm hoping the Rockies will finish off the Phillies, and that the Rockies will win the NL pennant (small consolation since they beat my Padres), so that the World Series would be Boston vs. Colorado. Who would I want to win it all? Why, the Red Sox, of course! :)
Admittedly, the only reason why I cheered on the Rockies is because they beat my Padres in that single-game elimination to decide the Wild-Card spot for the National League. Naturally, I'd be cheering on the Red Sox in the American League. After living for 7+ years in the New England area, how can you not cheer on the Red Sox? I celebrated with the rest of the Red Sox Nation when they finally threw off the Curse of the Bambino and won their first World Series in 86 years back in 2004.

I was happy when the Rockies swept the Phillies (sorry, Nick) and the Diamondbacks, and happy when the Red Sox swept the Angels and managed to get past the Indians, yielding the matchup I had hoped for as described on Ryan's wall. Little did I know that my prognostication would come true tonight. I had been away all day, and didn't have a chance to catch the game, so I found out from Ryan's page, when he changed his status to: Sox are World Series Champs '07 :)

And the Red Sox Nation is cheering tonight. Congratulations, 2007 Boston Red Sox!

Borromeo String Quartet - Concert Program

I was at an amazing concert today, given by the Borromeo String Quartet. The BSQ consists of Durham native Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Mai Motobuchi, viola; and Yeesun Kim, cello. This is, I believe, their third in a series of concerts at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, in which they intended to perform the entire cycle of Beethoven String Quartets.

Today, they presented String Quartets by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Beethoven. We had a packed house, and a great time was had by all.

Here is their program.

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 76, N0. 5
  • Allegretto; Allegro
  • Largo ma non troppo, cantabile e mesto
  • Menuet: Allegro ma non troppo
  • Finale: Presto

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 117
Moderato con moto
  • Adagio
  • Allegretto
  • Adagio
  • Allegro

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130
Adagio ma non troppo; Allegro
  • Presto
  • Poco scherzoso, Andante con moto ma non troppo
  • Alla Danza tedesa: Allegro assai
  • Cavatina: Adagio molto espressivo
  • Finale: Allegro

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More fire news

KPBS is such a godsend!!! I've been listening to their live feed for the past 4 hours or thereabouts, and they're a wonderful source of news going on in San Diego.

I also heard from my sister-in-law. She shared some very interesting data with me:

  • The burned areas of San Diego are now the equivalent to the area of the entire island of Oahu.
  • Half a million people have been displaced. There are three million people in San Diego.
  • This is FEMA's second-largest disaster; Katrina was the largest.

She reports that the Rancho San Diego area, where she used to live, has been evacuated. She graduated from Valhalla High School in El Cajon. The evacuation orders for Eastern Chula Vista have been lifted. We have friends who live in those areas of Chula Vista, and thankfully, there have been no reports of houses lost in the Eastlake area. She also reports that most of the county is on fire. (I'm not sure about that, but having a look at the very useful maps on KFMB Channel 8's website has been most illuminating.)

Hopefully the winds will shift soon. As long as the Santa Ana winds are still blowing from East to West, the fire problems will still persist and not be alleviated.

Prayers to all affected by the fires.

Catholic Carnivals 141 and 142

Catholic Carnivals 141 and 142 are up and running. I haven't noticed them much lately because of other things that have come up lately, but I am looking forward to hosting one of these in a couple of weeks.

Here are the links:

Catholic Carnival 141, hosted by 50 Days After
Catholic Carnival 142, hosted by Play the Dad? No, be the Dad! (Matthew's 100th blog post, by the way).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

To friends and family in San Diego

My goodness - I'm just having a look at photos and videos from Channels 6, 8, 10, and 39's websites. Those wildfires are more extensive than I thought - if they're calling for evacuations as far west as Torrey Pines and Del Mar ... !!! ...

And for those of you in Chula Vista, I hope things are okay for you down there. I know Chula Vista's had a huge building boom since I left (I don't even recognize it any more), and I hope those of you who have had homes built in the eastern parts of Chula Vista will come through this.

My thoughts and prayers go out to you.


I just heard from my Middle School Choir Teacher. She works at Rancho del Rey Middle School, and informed me that area, as well as parts of Bonita, have been evacuated to a shelter at Chula Vista High School (which is farther west than the areas listed above). I know my friend Reynila is a counsellor at Bonita Vista High, and my High School History Teacher, Mr. Tony Maio, lives in Bonita. A quick check revealed that all the schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District are closed today, due to air quality.

Another friend lives in Lemon Grove, and noticed that Mt. Miguel (Spring Valley) was totally ablaze. She is ready to evacuate at any time - when the order comes, she will leave.

This sounds very serious ... please send your thoughts and prayers to all those in Southern California who are affected by the wildfires.

YouTube for Catholics

Finally, a Catholic Video Sharing Site. This comes courtesy of Fr. Stephen Cuyos, a Filipino Missionary of the Sacred Heart. This website,, was apparently launched sometime this month, and its goal is to “provide a safe and entertaining place for people to access Catholic content on demand, 24/7.”

It's a pretty neat idea, kind of a YouTube for Catholics. According to Fr. Stephen, "it is a cool ministry tool as well as a fresh and innovative way to communicate the Word of God in today’s world."

More from Fr. Stephen: invites everyone to upload and share videos, build communities, join existing groups and connect with friends, but the site reserves the right to “monitor content to assure that videos reflect true Catholic teaching.” I hope that the site will not only gather Catholics but also become a meeting place and a connecting point where Catholics and non-Catholics learn from each other and enrich each other.
I definitely agree with Fr. Stephen's sentiments. Naturally, I paid attention to the Music section. It's mostly Catholic Rock videos. Not my cup of tea, but interesting, nonetheless.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bach's Lunch is Back

The Bach's Lunch recitals at The Chapel of the Cross is back with their new Fall 2007 season.

First up is Dr. Van Quinn, Organist/Choirmaster at Chapel of the Cross. His program, which will be performed on Tuesday, October 23 at 12:15 pm, will feature music by Dietrich Buxtehude and Jean Langlais, in honour of the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude's death, and the 100th anniversary of Langlais' birth. It looks like it will be a great program; I'm sorry that I won't be able to go because I have a lunch-time faculty meeting to attend.

Here is his program, as he will perform it Tuesday afternoon.

  • Praeludium in g minor
  • Passacaglia in d minor
  • Suite Brève: Dialogue sur les Mixtures
  • Trois Poèmes Évangélique: La Nativité
  • Trois paraphrases gregoriennes: Hymne d'Actions de Grâce: Te Deum

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Fun at the Fair

Well, it's done. Not the fair; my involvement with it. I did my last volunteering today by working the morning and afternoon shifts at the Our Land, Our Legacy exhibit at the North Carolina State Fair. I did two of the Chemistry Demonstration shows. The theme was States of Matter, so I demonstrated the solid, the liquid, the gas, and the plasma. The kids really liked some of the dry ice tricks, especially the dry ice shower trick. My colleague, Ken Lyle of Duke University, built a contraption where you feed dry ice into a 2 litre container filled with water. A PVC pipe rises out of the bottle, and ends up at the top, bent into a U shape. When dry ice is placed in the bottle, the water vapour is forced up the tube and comes out the other end of the tube. If you place a special soap solution at the end of the tube (dishwashing soap, water, glycerol), you get carbon dioxide-filled soap bubbles. They fall to the floor, and they just sit there. If you wet your hands with soap, you might even be able to catch one of the soap bubbles.

The most exhausting part was the chromatography butterflies. The kids love to make the butterflies, but it's pretty taxing when you have 10 kids surrounding you, wanting you to help them finish their butterflies. There was also a Scavenger Hunt, specific to the Our Land, Our Legacy exhibit, and I had to help people answer the question. If they get the answer, they receive a sticker, and if they receive stickers from all 11 exhibitors, they get a really cool tie-dye t-shirt with this year's State Fair logo. It's a much nicer shirt than last year's.

So now I'm just relaxing and tucking in to some supper before choir practice in 1 hour. More fun with Langlais' Messe Solennelle, which we'll be presenting at a Solemn Eucharist on All Saints' Day, Thursday, November 1.

Monday, October 15, 2007

John Walker - Concert Program

Yesterday, as part of Duke Chapel's organ recital series, John Walker of the Peabody Institute performed on the Flentrop (Benjamin N. Duke Memorial) Organ. What a wonderful recital!!! Duke Chapel brings in some of the world's finest organists for their recital series; however, there are just a few who can figure out how to play the room very well. Walker is one of those who figured it out. I'm sorry I came in a little late, but I only missed the first piece.

Here is his program. His notes were great, as well. (Why can't more organists take the time to do that? I prefer concert organists who just play and not talk during the course of their concerts.)

  • Prelude and Fugue in f-sharp minor, BuxWV 146 (Dietrich Buxtehude)
  • Mein junges Leben hat ein End (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)
  • Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Prelude on the Chorale O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen (Franz Schmidt)
  • Tanz-Toccata (Anton Heiller)
  • Fantasy and Fugue in B-flat Major (Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly)
  • Concert Variations on Old Hundred (John Knowles Paine)
  • Hommage à Messiaen (McNeil Robinson)
  • Dieu parmi nous (from L Nativité du Seigneur) (Olivier Messiaen)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Happy 39th Wedding Anniversary ...

Thirty-nine years ago today, my parents were married in Manila, Philippines. That's them to the left, holding a photo of their grandchildren (my brother's 2 sons and 1 daughter).

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! May you have many more happy years together.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Catholic Carnival 140 is Up and Running

Yet another Catholic Carnival is up and running. Steven McEvoy at Book Reviews and More drew the hosting duties this week. You may check out his Canadian Thanksgiving right here.


Wheeeee! It's Fair Time!!!!

It's that time of the year again, folks - the NC State Fair is back!

As usual, I'll be working the booth with the local chapter of the American Chemical Society. We'll be doing cool Chemistry tricks with dry ice and liquid nitrogen, demonstrate density differences using our old friends, Regular and Diet Coke, demonstrate the different states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, plasma. Yes, plasma ...), and just for the kids, demonstrate the concept of chromatography by having them make Chromatography Butterflies. Very cool stuff.

I'll be there Saturday 13th from 8.45 am - 1.15 pm, and again on Tuesday 16th from 8.45 am - 1.15 pm, and Wednesday 17th from 8.45 am - 5.15 pm. It should be loads of fun! If you're in the area, stop by; Fairgrounds are close to NC State's Vet School. I, for one, am also looking forward to the fair foods. I think I will pass on the deep-fried Snickers, but definitely, I will look forward to caramel apples, funnel cakes, turkey legs, and bloomin' onions! I know, they're all bad for me, but the Fair only comes but once a year.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

7 October, Ordinary 27 / 19th Sunday After Pentecost

Two music lists for your reading enjoyment. The first is from the 7.45 am Mass at Immaculate Conception (RC) Church, and the second list from Chapel of the Cross (Episcopal), where I will be playing the 5.15 pm service.

October 7: Ordinary 27 (Sun. 7.45 am)

Gloria: Andrews
Alleluia: Mode VI; verses to Tone 6F
Sanctus, Mem. Accl., Amen, Agnus Dei: Community Mass (Proulx)

Pro: 606 How Firm a Foundation
Psalm: Ps 95 (Guimont)
Off: 757
This is the Day God Gives Me
Comm: Organ voluntary
Re: 568 Father, We Thank Thee

List #2. Major difference this time: the Parish Choir is singing this service. At least the anthem they're doing will be unaccompanied. DM wants me to provide pitches and sing alto, which I'm more than happy to do.

October 7: Pentecost 19

Prelude: Choral Dorien (Jehan Alain)
Pro: Glorious things of thee are spoken (AUSTRIA)
Gloria: Powell (weird triplet rhythms, but the congregation knows this well.)
Seq: O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee (NYLAND)
Off: Laudate Nomen Domini (Christopher Tye, and yes, they're singing this in Latin)
Sanctus: Community Mass (Proulx)
Comm: O Master, let me walk with Thee (MARYTON)
Re: Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim (PADERBORN)
Postlude: Triumphal March (G. F. Handel)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Catholic Carnival 139: Celebration of Life

The latest Catholic Carnival is up and running at just another day of catholic pondering.

Check it out. Sarah does a great job of putting her personal touch on each of the links.

If you're wondering what a Catholic Carnival is, click here, and read all about it. I'll be hosting one of these myself in early November. Still mulling over a theme, although the timing might inspire me to host an All Saints-themed Carnival.