“If ye love me” by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
“O Lord, in thee is all my trust” by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
“Jesus bleibet meine Freude” from Cantata BWV 147 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
The performance of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Crescendo singer and friend Jacqueline Kuhn.
“Denn er hat seinen Engeln” MWV B 53 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
“Panis Angelicus” by César Franck (1822–1890), arranged by Andrew Crookall (b. 1963)
The performance of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Ann Moloney.
“Oh! for a closer walk with God” by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852–1924)
“Deep River” – Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Adriano Secco (b. 1961)
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord” – Traditional Spiritual
“Swing low, sweet Chariot” – Traditional Spiritual, arranged by Christopher Martin Hampson (b. 1980)
Missa pastoril para a noite de Natal (excerpts) by José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767–1830)
“Laudamus te” (Aria)
“Gratias agimus tibi”
“Et incarnatus” (Duet)
“Glory to God” (Thunderchoir) from Joshua HWV 64, by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
The performance of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Callan Moloney.
“Hallelujah” Chorus from Messiah HWV 56 by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
– INTERMISSION –
“How Lovely Are the Messengers” from St. Paul Op. 36 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809–1847)
“Laudate Dominum” from Vesperae solennes de confessore KV 339 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
“Ave verum corpus” K. 618 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
The performance of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Robert H. Darden.
“God so loved the World” by Sir John Stainer (1840–1901)
“I saw the Lord” by Sir John Stainer (1840–1901)
“Sanctus” from Mass in B Minor BWV 232 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
The performance of this piece is dedicated to the memory of Crescendo singer, founding board director, and dear friend, Martha Baer.
“Amen” from Messiah HWV 56, Part III, by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Designed to comfort and uplift our audience members and all of Crescendo’s friends after the long absence of live concerts, this is a program for lovers of choral music. It features some of the most beloved and popular motets, anthems, and movements of famous choral works from composers such as Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, Tallis, Stainer and others. These are the melodies, harmonies and lyrics that you probably grew up hearing on special and festive occasions: the flowing chorale “Jesu, joy of man’s desiring” (Bach), Tallis’ “God so loved the world”, the lovely “Ave verum” (Mozart), the mystical “Panis Angelicus” (Franck), the moving Spirituals “Deep River” and Swing low”, the dramatic English anthem “I saw the Lord” (Stainer), and the majestically soaring “Hallelujah” and “Amen” choruses from Handel’s Messiah and the “Sanctus” from Bach’s B-Minor Mass – among others. Mendelsohn’s familiar eight-voice chorus “For he shall give his angels charge over thee” (oratorio Elijah) and “How lovely are the messengers” (oratorio Paulus) show the influence of the great masters before him, and specially of J.S. Bach. This closes the circle of over three hundred years of great choral music of England, Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and the United States.