Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Sacred Concert

I am behind again, but I've wanted to post this list for a while.

On June 5, I went to a most delightful concert presented by the Junior Choir at the Chapel of the Cross. Under the direction of Dr. Van Quinn, the choir presented the favourite pieces from their repertoire and ended with what's become a tradition at these Junior Choir concerts: a medley of songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.



"Praise ye the Lord" – Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)

"Ave Maria" – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), arr. Jean-Ashworth Bartle

"God so loved the world" – Joel Martinson (b. 1960)

"Our hearts be joyful" – Bach (Mein glaubiges Herze from Cantata No. 68, arr. John T. Burke)

"Lift thine eyes" (from Elijah) – Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)
Soloists: Emma Lo, Emily Morris, Annie Poole, Maggie Poole

Note: this was the piece these four graduating high school seniors chose for their special piece. They also sung it at the 9:00 am service that morning.

"O clap your hands together" – François Couperin (1668–1733)

Hymn: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" (PICARDY)

Note: At Chapel of the Cross, they do a version of it that has the most exquisite descant. I'm not sure who wrote it, though. For this one, they invited the audience to sing it with the Junior Choir. The soprano descant was sung on the last verse.

"Sound the Trumpet" – Henry Purcell (1659–1695)

"The Father's Love" – Simon Lole (b. 1957)

"Litany to Mary" – Simon Lindley (b. 1948)

"Fidelia omnia mandate ejus" – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1763), arr. Tom Shelton
Emma Lo, violin

"Panis angelicus" – César Franck (1822–1890), arr. Howard Cable

"Tomorrow shall be my dancing day" – English carol arr. by John Rutter (b. 1945)

A Medley from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)
  • "Jacob and Sons"
  • "Any dream will do"
  • "One more angel in heaven"
  • "Song of the King"
  • "Close every door"
  • "Benjamin Calypso"
  • "Go, go, go, Joseph"

Encore: "The Lord bless you and keep you" – Rutter


They did very well, and the choir received a standing ovation. The quartet who sung the Mendelssohn piece sounded wonderful, and it was a great farewell piece for them. And yes, all but the Lloyd Webber medley were sung in church by the Junior Choir.

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