Sunday, February 26, 2017
Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church
/ $20 / 100 min / 3:00
311 Browns Lane, St. Matthews
Pre-concert program with John Hale: 2:15 pm
Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual
In the third concert
in our 2016-2017 season we will celebrate the rich and moving variety of
American sacred music, with every selection either written or arranged
by an American composer. A well-known hymn, an invitation to rejoice
and sing, will open the concert:
"Come, Christians, Join
to Sing," in a concertato arrangement by Sterling Procter (b. 1950) that
explores the power of the hymn tune MADRID.
Following this opening piece you will hear
four settings of psalms, the first three of them written by well-known
American composers and the fourth by a young American composer early in
her career. We will sing a setting of Psalm 122 ("I was glad when they
said unto me") written by Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), a setting of Psalm 8
("How Excellent is Thy Name") written by Howard Hanson (1896-1981), and
a setting of Psalm 23 ("The Lord is My Shepherd") written by Randall
Thompson (1899-1984). Louisville's own Julianna Horton (b. 1976) wrote
her setting of Psalm 68 ("God is in His Holy Dwelling Place) especially
for the Louisville Master Chorale, and for this concert. Our performance
will be its World Premiere.
The psalms will be
followed with another concertato arrangement by Sterling Procter, “All
Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” to the hymn tune DIADEM. Then you will
hear a setting of the spiritual “Elijah Rock,” probably best known from
Mahalia Jackson’s 1960s recording but here arranged by the brilliant
Moses Hogan (1957-2003).
The next two pieces are from the Second
and Third Great [Religious] Awakenings in America (roughly the 1790s
through the end of the 19th century). They are arranged by Shawn
Kirchner (b. 1970). His title for this set of three songs is
Heavenly Home: Three American Songs: “Unclouded Day” (1880),
“Angel Band” (1860), and “Hallelujah” (1835). We will sing the first
two songs from the set.
These two songs
will be followed by another spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan, “Walk
Together, Children.” In addition to performing, composing, and
arranging during his short life, Moses Hogan edited The Oxford Book
of Spirituals (Oxford University Press, 2002).
We will close the
concert with the well-known hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
(hymn tune NETTLETON, based on an American folk tune) arranged by Mack
Wilberg (b. 1955), director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.