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    CHRONOSVOCAL ENSEMBLE

    JORDAN VAN BIERT CONDUCTOR

    SATURDAY JANUARY 13WEST END CHRISTIAN

    REFORMED CHURCH

    1 7 | 1 8 S e a s o n p r e s e n t e d b y Pro fes s iona l Aud io logy C l i n i c L td .

    C L I N I C

    WITH GUESTS Edmonton Youth Choir John Wiebe, Conductor

    NEW MUSIC FROM CANADA

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    SOPRANOMelanie Astle

    Virginia Clevette

    Jessica Heine

    Stephanie Mattingly

    Elle Salvalaggio

    Janet Smith

    Elizabeth Stolte

    Melodie VanderWey

    ALTOLana Cuthbertson

    Deanna Davis

    Jessica Hatton

    Kelly Henry

    Guylaine Lefebre-Maunder

    Monica Littleton

    Judith Plumb

    Anne-Marie Switzer

    TENORDavid Dykstra

    Graham Fast

    Slava Morozov

    Caleb Nelson

    Juan Ramirez

    Anthony Wynne

    BASSJoel Forth

    Kurt Illerbrun

    Damon MacLeod

    Hugh McCune

    John McCune

    Justin Strand

    Frank Thede

    Shad Turner

    CHRONOS[vocal ensemble]

    Jordan Van Biert, conductor

    Kim Cousineau, piano

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    PROGRAM

    WINTER SUNDon Macdonald (b. 1966)

    A FLAME IN THE EMBERS Nicholas Ryan Kelly (b. 1986)

    THREE LACQUER PRINTS Zachary Wadsworth (b. 1983)

    Anne-Marie Switzer, alto soloCaleb Nelson, tenor solo

    VOIX DU VENT Guillaume Boulay (b. 1982)

    ONE BLACK SPIKE Jocelyn Morlock (b. 1969)

    PICKING WILD BERRIES Alex Eddington (b.1980)

    Elle Salvalaggio, soprano solo

    PLAYING WITH FIRE Kristopher Fulton (b. 1978)

    Edmonton Youth Choir

    FOUR HERRICK SONGS (3 excerpts) David L McIntyre (b. 1950)Edmonton Youth Choir

    AMBE Andrew Balfour (b. 1967)

    INTERMISSION

    SPRING AND FALL: TO A YOUNG CHILDTawnie Olson (b. 1974)

    WHEN THE SUN COMES AFTER RAIN Matthew Emery (b. 1991)

    WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? David Archer (b. 1985)

    I LOVED YOU FIRST Stuart Beatch (b. 1991)

    THE EIGHTH OF SEPTEMBER Peter Togni (b. 1959)

    LITTLE BELLSNicholas Ryan Kelly (b.1986)

    Kim Cousineau, piano

    THE FROST Kathleen Allan (b. 1989)

    AMBE (reprise)

    WORLD PREMIERE CANADIAN PREMIERE ALBERTA PREMIERE

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    CHRONOS MUSIC SOCIETYChronos Music Society is a registered charity and issues tax receipts

    for all donations over $20. Charity registration # 820201788RR0001

    Cheques payable to:

    Chronos Music Society, c/o 10615 - 137 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 2H5

    www.chronosvocalensemble.com [email protected]

    Thanks for your support!

    CHRONOS VOCAL ENSEMBLE

    Chronos Vocal Ensemble is governed and operated by Chronos Music Society, a non-profit organization incorporated in Alberta and a federally-registered charity. Our aim is to support the production of choral performances of a high calibre in Edmonton and Alberta.

    CHRONOS[vocal ensemble]

    WE INVITE YOU TO SUPPORT CHRONOS VOCAL ENSEMBLE Attend a performance. Contact us to join our mailing list. Like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter. Make a personal donation, and help produce concerts, recordings, and the creation of

    new choral works! Have a business? Were looking for Advertisers and Concert Sponsors. Contact us:

    Kurt Illerbrun, President

    Judith Plumb, Treasurer

    Shad Turner, Secretary

    Deanna Davis, Past President

    BOARD OF DIRECTORSMatthew Blimke, Director

    Mark Freeman, Director

    Namisha Hlus, Director

    Anne-Marie Switzer, Director

    Find us on Facebook or Twitter!

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    ARTISTIC DIRECTORS WELCOME

    Happy New Year from Chronos Vocal Ensemble, and welcome to this evenings performance!

    This is the second production of our Season Five, which features three contrasting concerts: Fearless, Fresh and Free. Like the other titles, Fresh describes the music you will hear tonight new music by Canadian composers. We also think it describes the experience youll continually have at our concerts.

    Tonights program features shorter works, mostly a cappella, and secular in theme; topics include nature and the changing seasons, human relationships, passion, love, loss, death, and hope. The texts come primarily from the last 150 years, and are mostly in English.

    You will be the first-ever audience for five world premieres this evening. We are particularly excited to premiere the winning entry to our inaugural composition competition, Nicholas Ryan Kellys Little Bells, and to have the composer here from Penticton BC to hear it. As I got to know Nicks music, I discovered another a cappella gem that had yet to receive a public performance, and so his A Flame in the Embers is also on tonights program.

    Weve had the thrilling experience of working on a highly collaborative commission project with Toronto composer Alex Eddington. His Picking Wild Berries, based on a childrens book by Canadian author Julie Flett on a text in English and Swampy Cree, will be an interesting feast for your ears. Our thanks to Julie for allowing us to project the images from the book.

    Speaking with composer Peter Togni this fall, I was excited to hear hed completed a new commission that didnt have built-in performance plans; he was pleased to send us the piece, which is captivating, and you will be the first to hear The Eighth of September.

    Among the many other offerings on tonights program, were excited to bring you music of two US-based Canadian composers, Zachary Wadsworth and Tawnie Olson, whose works will be receiving their Canadian premieres tonight. We also have Edmonton-raised David Archer here from the West Coast to hear us perform his Who Has Seen The Wind, and well present the first performance outside of BC of Juno-nominated composer Joceyln Morlocks One Black Spike. Each other offering deserves a few words, and Ill introduce more of the music verbally as we go along.

    Were so glad to have John Wiebe and Edmonton Youth Choir join us for tonights performance, and weve had a great time making music with them: we salute their energy, excellence and dedication to this art form!

    Yesterday evening we were delighted to present a preview version of tonights program in St. Albert, and we look forward to future opportunities to perform in Edmontons surrounding communities, continuing tomorrow as we travel to Camrose to present a recap performance at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus.

    We hope to see you again soon!

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    A a rapidly rising star in the Canadian choral scene (Anacrusis), Chronos Vocal Ensemble was founded in 2013 by Jordan Van Biert. Under his leadership, and through a process of collaborative learning with careful preparation and dedication to the choral tradition, the choir aims to deliver compelling performances to audiences in Edmonton and beyond.

    The singers are united in an appreciation for inspired music-making and significant repertoire. Coming from diverse backgrounds, professions, and ages, they each possess a high level of musicianship and strong vocal technique.

    Now in its fifth year of operation, the ensemble has delighted audiences in Edmonton and the surrounding area, and performed by invitation at distinguished events including the University of Alberta Alumni Centennial, Alberta Music Conference, and the Podium 2016 Festival and Conference. In 2015 the choir was awarded the Healey Willan Grand Prize in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs, and in Spring 2016 toured the Canadian prairies.

    The choir has released two successful recordings, most recently The Simplest Way: The music of Trent Worthington, recently reviewed glowingly in Anacrusis magazine: I would highly recommend this CD to lovers of choral music very fine singing. In November 2016, the choir was given a Performance Award by the City of Edmontons Salute to Excellence for bringing recognition to Edmonton.

    CHRONOS VOCAL ENSEMBLE

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    Over the past decade, Jordan has emerged as a respected choral leader and organization builder, uniting singers in the common goal of creating rich musical experiencesfor themselves, for each other, and for audiences. A graduate of the University of Alberta and The Kings University, Jordan is an experienced conductor of many ensemble types, a passionate educator, and an accomplished singer, having performed extensively with professional choirs in Alberta and beyond. He also serves as a workshop leader, adjudicator, juror, and organizational

    consultant. In summer of 2016 he was part of a group of international conductors selected to conduct the Stuttgart Chamber Choir in performance as part of a masterclass with Frieder Bernius.

    Jordan founded Chronos Vocal Ensemble in 2013 to pursue excellence in choral performance within the context of a non-professional ensemble. His work with the choir is gaining wider recognition: he has been recognized with a nomination as Emerging Artist in Edmontons Mayors Celebration of the Arts, and recently received the Con Spirito award from Choir Alberta, for spirit, dedication, and commitment to choral music in the Province of Alberta. More at www.jordanvanbiert.com

    JORDAN VAN BIERT CONDUCTOR

    Proud to help this outstanding choir

    stand out.

    B r a n d s t h a t s i n g . I d e a s t h a t s o a r .

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    Edmonton Youth Choir (EYC) is the oldest choir in the Edmonton Youth & Childrens Choir family and focuses on advanced, a cappella repertoire. The choir has competed successfully in festivals and competitions across Canada and Europe, has been heard nationally on CBC Radio, and has recorded six CDs, and tours have taken the group to locales across Canada and around the world. In July 2014, the choir received two Gold Medals for their performances at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, and in 2016 they toured South Africa. The choir has presented a number of choralorchestral works with members of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and their latest CD, Playing with Fire, has just been released.

    EDMONTON YOUTH CHOIR

    Dr. John Wiebe is an award-winning conductor and pianist based in Edmonton, Alberta, where he is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus, and the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Edmonton Youth & Childrens Choirs. He is known for his energy, craftsmanship and passion; choirs under his leadership have recorded six CDs, performed across Canada and around the world, and received numerous awards. John has studied at Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Alberta, with Frieder Bernius from Stuttgart, Germany, and in Vienna, Austria. John is active in the choral community as a clinician and adjudicator and is currently the President of Choral Canada.

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    Kim Cousineau received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria, and studied privately with Anna Cal, student of Russian pianist Pavel Egorov. He has been involved with numerous operatic and musical theater productions, including Carmen, Hansel & Gretel, and the world premieres of Marys Wedding and Rattenbury (Pacific Opera Victoria), Candide and La Voix Humaine (Opera Nuova), Bernarda Alba and The Light in the

    Piazza (MacEwan Theatre), The Last Resort (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), and Urinetown (Concordia University of Edmonton). Kim was a staff pianist and coach with Vancouver Island summer music programs In the Key Of Glee and A Voce Sola, and with Singspiration in Edmonton. He is in high demand as a choral accompanist in the Edmonton area, working with many groups including Concordia Concert Choir, Da Camera Singers, Vocal Alchemy, Joyful Noise, and Chronos Vocal Ensemble. In 2012, he was the recipient of the BC Choral Federations Joyce O. Maguire Award for outstanding long-term service as a choral accompanist. Kim maintains a busy schedule as a collaborative pianist and coach in the Edmonton area.

    KIM COUSINEAU PIANO

    SOPRANOMargaret Bird

    Angela Bittman

    Laura Blanchette

    Eli Brooks

    Meghan Bunn4Janet Gauthier

    Kiara Krasowski

    Jenny Lee

    Shaylene Lunam

    Emily Luo1Katie Maxfield

    Ella Morey

    Ehren Moser1Siobhan Taylor

    Alena Thompson4Caeleigh Warke

    Alana Whitson

    Casey Wong

    ALTODana Barnstable1Jessica Behnke

    Mia Chin

    Jullieanna Edwards2,4Merina Fitzgerald4Emilia Grindlay

    Anna Kraemer

    Paige Lucas1Kerry McCune

    Elizabeth Ng

    Emma Stout

    Justine Tomas

    TENORFrederick Enorme

    Samuel Esteban

    Sean Gleason

    Michael Paquia

    Kevin Quinn1Juan Ramirez

    BASSHendrick Baerends

    Koen Baerends

    Joshua Camacho

    Marcus Esteban2Matthew Guay1,4Christian Maxfield

    Josiah Maxfield

    Callum McCabe1,4Hugh McCune3Ben Paramonov

    Tim To4Luke Wiebe

    Nathan Wong

    1Section Leader

    2Choral Assistant

    3Librarian

    4Choir Council

    Administrative Assistant

    Lisa Eriksson

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    WINTER SUN

    DON MACDONALD

    Don Macdonald

    has a multifaceted

    musical career that

    includes professional

    performing as a

    vocalist, instrumentalist and conductor.

    He composes for theatre, dance, voice

    and choirs in a multitude of styles; he has

    written soundtracks to over 50 film and

    television productions. His commissioned

    opera, KHAOS, received a highlighted

    performance at the 2013 Opera America

    Conference and his choral works have

    been performed and recorded by many

    fine ensembles including Rajaton and the

    Vancouver Chamber Choir. Don lives in

    Nelson, BC.

    To light, to water, and the flow of birds through ancient stars. This

    fantastic poetry written by Malca Litovitz, so rich with imagery of the Canadian winter,

    provided the inspiration for a composition that embraces word painting.

    To light,

    to water,

    and the flow of birds

    through ancient stars.

    To the wild sun of winter

    startling the dark green

    trees: giants

    of majestic silence.

    To snow on roofs

    and the peace of Sunday.

    To quiet and certitude,

    to breathing, to air.

    To acceptance, to dreams.

    To disclosures of the sleeping heart,

    for air, for light.

    Malca Litovitz (b. 1952)

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    A FLAME IN THE EMBERS

    NICHOLAS RYAN KELLY

    Nicholas Ryan Kelly

    was first drawn to

    musics storytelling

    potential through

    film soundtracks and

    symphonic poems. After completing two

    degrees in music and writing for nearly

    every medium except choir, he began

    focusing on choral music in late 2015.

    Since then, he has had several choral

    pieces commercially published, received

    six national and international awards

    for choral composition, and composed

    for several prominent Canadian choirs,

    including Musica Intima, Chor Leoni, and

    the Da Capo Chamber Choir. His scores

    can be seen (and occasionally heard) at

    nicholasryankelly.com.

    A Flame in the Embers is set to words by Canadian poet Marjorie Pickthall. I

    loved the poems atmosphere the contrast between a radiant garden and a sombre

    night and the film-composer part of me had fun translating it into music.

    Dark is the iris meadow,

    Dark is the ivory tower,

    And lightly the young moths shadow

    Sleeps on the passion-flower.

    Gone are our days red roses,

    So lovely and lost and few,

    But the first star uncloses

    A silver bud in the blue.

    Night, and a flame in the embers

    Where the seal of the years was set,

    When the almond-bough remembers

    How shall my heart forget?

    Serenade, Marjorie Pickthall (18831922)

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    THREE LACQUER PRINTS

    ZACHARY WADSWORTH

    Canadian-American

    composer Zachary

    Wadsworths fresh,

    deeply felt and

    strikingly original

    music (Washington Post) has been

    heard around the world. He has held

    a residency at the Metropolitan Opera,

    and his music has been performed at

    Westminster Abbey in the presence of

    Queen Elizabeth II. Other recent honours

    include awards from Choral Canada

    and the American Academy of Arts

    and Letters. He is currently an Assistant

    Professor of Music at Williams College in

    Massachusetts.

    Amy Lowells poetic Lacquer Prints were written as short responses to Japanese

    woodblock prints. Each print exists in one static moment. In Temple Ceremony, rich

    chords alternate between high and low voices, passing like wind. In A Year Passes,

    the chorus imitates picturesque natural scenes and living creatures. In A Burnt Offering,

    Lowells haunting description of emotional trauma unfolds in winding solo lines, building

    to a climax on the image of Lowells indelible Beloved.

    I. Temple Ceremony

    Blow softly,

    O Wind!

    And let no clouds cover the moon

    Which lights the posturing steps

    Of the most beautiful of dancers.

    II. A Year Passes

    Beyond the porcelain fence of the pleasure

    garden,

    I hear the frogs in the blue-green rice-fields;

    But the sword-shaped moon

    Has cut my heart in two.

    III. A Burnt Offering

    Because there was no wind,

    The smoke of your letters hung in the air

    For a long time;

    And its shape

    Was the shape of your face,

    My Beloved.

    Amy Lowell (18741925)

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    VOIX DU VENT

    GUILLAUME BOULAY

    Guillaume Boulay

    studied singing,

    composing, conducting

    and pedagogy at the

    Quebec Conservatory

    and Laval University, where he also

    conducted the Music Faculty choir and

    taught choral conducting from 2012 to

    2015. As a composer, his work has been

    notably presented in Edmonton, New

    York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Conservatoire

    de Musique), Quebec and Montreal. He

    has performed as a professional singer in

    many settings, has been musical director

    of Quebecs Catholic Cathedral, and

    is currently president of the board for

    Quebecs Sacred Music Festival.

    Voix du Vent is the first piece of a five-song choral cycle composed in 2012 to

    celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau. This

    famed Quebecois poet is considered by many to be the first modern poet in French-

    speaking Canada. The vocal parts of this cycle are faithful images of the authors

    wording, its inner musicality as well as its irrepressible melancholy, carried musically by

    a sort of uninhibited tonal serialism.

    La grande voix du vent

    Toute voix confuse au loin

    Puis qui grandit en sapprochant

    Devient

    Cette voix-ci, cette voix-l

    De cet arbre et de cet autre

    Et continue et redevient

    Une grande voix confuse au loin

    The great voice of the wind

    Every voice confused far off

    That then grows as it approaches

    Becomes

    This voice, that voice

    From this tree and from this other

    And goes on and becomes again

    A great voice confused far off

    Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau (1912

    1943)

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    ONE BLACK SPIKE

    JOCELYN MORLOCK

    Juno Award-

    nominated composer

    Jocelyn Morlocks

    music is hailed as

    airy but rhythmic,

    tuneful but complex and with uncanny

    yet toothsome beauty (Georgia Straight).

    Her music is recorded on 22 CDs

    including the newly released Halcyon

    and Cobalt, whose title track won the

    2015 Western Canadian Music Award

    for Best Classical Composition. Jocelyn

    is the Vancouver Symphony Orchestras

    Composer in Residence; recent premieres

    include Lucid Dreams, a cello concerto

    written for Ariel Barnes and the VSO.

    www.jocelynmorlock.com

    One Black Spike represents the time period 19141945. Its subject is the Grand

    Trunk Pacific Railway, opened in 1914, which connects Port Hardy and the BC interior.

    The last spike (made of black iron ore) of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was driven

    one mile east of Fort Fraser, British Columbia, Canada on April 7, 1914. Thanks to

    Alan Ashton for his help in making the list that comprises the text of this song.

    One black iron spike

    One mile east of Fort Fraser

    Three thousand miles of track, standard

    gauge

    Three thousand days of immigrant labour

    One resource economy

    One black spike.

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    PICKING WILD BERRIES

    When Clarence was little, his grandma

    carried him on her back through

    the woods to the clearing to pick

    wild berries

    pickaci-mnisa

    Grandma carried a bucket and sang.

    Now Clarence carries his own bucket

    and walks behind his

    grandma

    koma.

    They sing together.

    Blueberries dot the clearing.

    Grandma checks for

    bears

    maskwak.

    They pick the plumpest berries they can find

    and drop them into their

    buckets

    otaskkowwa.

    Tup, tup.

    Grandma likes sweet

    blueberries

    ininimina,

    soft blueberries, juicy blueberries. Clarence

    likes big blueberries, sour blueberries,

    blueberries that go POP in his mouth.

    Clarence and his grandma pick blueberries

    for a

    long time

    konsk.

    They eat

    So many

    mct

    berries that their lips turn purple.

    An ant

    nik crawls up Clarences leg.

    Tch, tch. It tickles.

    A spider

    kkom-minkss makes its web.

    Sh, sh.

    A fox

    mkss sneaks by.

    Rustle, rustle.

    When the buckets are full, Clarence lays a

    handful of berries on a leaf for the

    birds

    pinssak

    and the other animals of the woods.

    They say

    thank you

    nanskomowak.

    Clarence and his grandma walk back

    through the

    woods

    sakk

    with their buckets full of berries.

    The birds

    sing

    nikamo

    in the clearing.

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    ALEX EDDINGTON

    Alex Eddington has

    been commissioned

    by a diverse list of

    musicians including

    the Toronto Symphony

    Orchestra, Continuum Contemporary

    Music, and soprano Kristin Mueller-

    Heaslip. He has composed many

    pieces for students, including the Suzuki

    String School of Guelph. His music

    was recently released worldwide on

    two albums on the Cambria label.

    Alex has worked with theatre and

    dance companies across Canada as a

    composer and sound designer, including

    Tarragon Theatre and Mile Zero Dance.

    Listen at www.AlexEddington.com.

    Picking Wild Berries is a musical setting of Julie Fletts beautiful childrens book Wild

    Berries / Pikaci Minisa, written in English and Swampy Cree. The text is a simple

    story about a boy and his grandmother picking blueberries in a forest clearing, while

    observing nature. I was just as much influenced by Fletts illustrations; the restricted

    colour palette, clean lines, surprising animals, and the eternal presence of a deep

    red sun all have analogies in the music. I am indebted to Chronos Vocal Ensemble for

    commissioning me to work with this gorgeous source material.

    Wild Berries Julie Flett

    Text and images copyright Julie Flett (2014), used with permission.

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    PLAYING WITH FIRE

    KRISTOPHER FULTON

    Kristopher Fulton

    is a Canadian

    composer

    (Vancouver, BC)

    known for his use

    of inter-textuality, specifically with reference

    to film and comic books, to create new

    and exciting works within the genre of

    contemporary classical music. Kristophers

    work has been actively commissioned and

    performed by ensembles across North

    America, Europe and Asia, has been

    featured in several independent films, and

    featured in the field of modern dance.

    I had been wanting to work with the renowned American author and poet Jason Mott

    for years. When he agreed to write a poem (Pyro) as part of this commission for Dr.

    John Wiebe and the Edmonton Youth Choir, I was absolutely elated. Jason has the

    ability to combine mythic qualities of the superhero with the heartbreaking realism of the

    everyday. The result is an emotional journey that explores many contemporary issues

    such as identity, gender, mortality and even love through the lens of one of my favourite

    X-Men characters: Pyro.

    PYRO

    Someone once said that we all dream of

    flame, that, in the end, we all wish to see

    the light

    fade.

    Thats why we love stories of the end, songs

    of the time when the future has become

    the past

    and all that remains are the dogged embers,

    flickering, clinging to the last breaths of

    warmth.

    They call me Pyro. A name and a warning.

    Someone who chases fire, who loves it,

    who loses

    control and lets it consume them.

    But I am unconsumed. I am whole.

    Because fire lives and breathes, just like us.

    So I tend it. The flame never drew me,

    only the life.

    Jason Mott

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    FOUR HERRICK SONGS

    1. The Wounded Cupid

    Cupid as he lay among

    Roses, by a Bee was stung.

    Whereupon in anger flying

    To his Mother, said thus crying;

    Help! O help! your Boys a dying.

    And why, my pretty wagge? said she.

    Then blubbering, replied he,

    A Serpent winged hath bitten me,

    Which Country people call a Bee.

    At which she smild; then with her hairs

    And kisses drying up his tears:

    Alas! said she, my lad! if this

    So fierce a torment is:

    Tell me then, how great is the smart

    Of those, thou woundest with thy Dart!

    by Anacreon, translated by Robert Herrick

    (1591-1674)

    2. A Willow Garland

    A willow Garland thou didst send

    Last daye perfumde to me,

    Which did but only this portend,

    I was forsooke by thee

    Since thus it is Ile tell thee what

    To Morrow thou shalt see

    Me weare the willow, after that

    To dye uppon the tree

    As Beasts unto the Alter goe

    With garlands soe I

    Will with my willow wreathe alsoe

    Com foorth and sweetly dye.

    Robert Herrick

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    DAVID L. MCINTYRE

    David L. McIntyre is

    living his childhood

    dream of being a

    composer and pianist.

    Spending most of his

    life on the Canadian prairies, he was

    born in Edmonton, educated in Saskatoon

    and Calgary, and has been based in

    Regina since 1976. Known equally for

    his piano, vocal, choral and chamber

    works, David has fulfilled commissions for

    the Regina Symphony Orchestra and the

    Montreal Music Festival, among others,

    and among many commissions. David

    lives with his partner Greg and a flock

    of Fantail and English Trumpeter pigeons

    and nurtures a love of architecture and

    cooking.

    In Four Herrick Songs, composer David L. McIntyre sets four poems by the 16th-

    century writer and minister, Robert Herrick (you will hear the first three tonight). Herrick

    loved the richness, variety and sensuality of life, with an overriding message that life

    is short, the world is beautiful, love is splendid, and we must use the short time we

    have to make the most of it carpe diem. McIntyre, who is known as a playful, witty,

    tuneful and passionate composer, vividly and wonderfully marries his musical writing to

    these Herrick texts. From the theatrical setting of The Wounded Cupid to the funeral-

    procession of The Willow Garland to the impassioned sensuality of The Showre of

    Roses, these pieces capture the essence of carpe diem.

    3. The Showre of Roses

    My Mistris blushde, and there-with-all,

    As that Rich Crimson spread,

    From either cheeke a showre did fall

    Of blossoms whyte and Red.

    The more she blushde the more the grace

    Did make the Softe bloomes grow,

    Which guilded there fell down a pace

    Like flakes of winter snow.

    Had she not cast her Eye beneath

    And Seene a realm of flowrs

    Ah doubtless she had bloomed to death

    With Rayninge Rosye showrs.

    But when she stopt

    A sent soe blest I smelt, that I did sweare

    That paradise had lefte the East

    To spend his spices there.

    Robert Herrick

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    AMBE

    ANDREW BALFOUR

    Of Cree descent,

    Andrew Balfour

    has written a body

    of more than 30

    choral, instrumental

    and orchestral works and has been

    commissioned by many Canadian

    artists and ensembles. Andrew is also

    the founder and Artistic Director of the

    innovative Winnipeg-based 14-member

    vocal group Camerata Nova. Andrew

    was Curator and Composer-in-Residence

    of the WSOs Indigenous Festivals in

    2009 and 2010, and in 2007 received

    the Mayor of Winnipegs Making a Mark

    Award, recognizing the most promising

    mid-career artist in the City.

    This piece is based on an original song in Ojibway that was gifted by traditional

    drummer and singer Cory Campbell to Andrew Balfour and the University of Manitoba

    Concert Choir. Cory describes the song as a call to the people to the ceremonial

    way of life or to the red road or, quite frankly, to whatever we have going on,

    because everything happens with spirit and in spirit. Andrew has created an original

    composition inspired by Corys song. The melodies of Andrews piece are original,

    but hints of Corys song remain. For Andrew, the steady beat throughout represents

    the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and the lyrical soprano melody that emerges from this

    rhythmic texture conveys the powerful totem of the eagle, representing the teaching

    of love, wisdom, and strength. The pronunciation for the text is based on the dialect

    spoken on Sagkeeng First Nation in Corys home province of Manitoba. Specifically, the

    pronunciation of the word Anishinaabeg reflects one of the teachings that have come

    to Cory involving the etymology of the word; it represents not only the Ojibway people,

    but all two-legged beings.

    Ambe, ambe Anishinaabeg

    biindigeg Anishinaabeg

    Mino-bimaadiziwin* omaa

    Ambe

    Come in two-legged beings

    come in all people

    The way of a good life* is here

    Come in!

    *Mino-bimaadiziwin is an Ojibway

    philosophy the way of a good life as

    explained by the traditional teachings of the

    Anishinaabe.

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    SPRING AND FALL: TO A YOUNG CHILD

    TAWNIE OLSON

    Tawnie Olson is an

    Alberta-born composer

    whose music draws

    inspiration from

    spirituality, politics, the

    natural world, and the musicians for whom

    she composes. www.tawnieolson.com

    When setting Spring and Fall: to a Young Child, I tried to underscore

    meaningful features of the poem (e.g., how Hopkins meter ties together Mrgart

    and Goldengrove, foreshadowing the poems conclusion) and draw out things that

    are glossed over in the text (the whole journey from childhood to middle age, casually

    summed up with by and by). This piece is dedicated to my father, Tom Olson, and to

    the Ithaca College Choir. It was commissioned by the Ithaca College School of Music,

    the Ithaca College Choir, and Janet Galvn.

    Mrgart, are you greving

    Over Goldengrove unleaving?

    Leves, like the things of man, you

    With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

    Ah! s the heart grows older

    It will come to such sights colder

    By and by, nor spare a sigh

    Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

    And yet you wll weep and know why.

    Now no matter, child, the name:

    Srrows sprngs re the same.

    Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed

    What heart heard of, ghost guessed:

    It s the blight man was born for,

    It is Margaret you mourn for.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins (18441889)

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    WHEN THE SUN COMES AFTER RAIN

    MATTHEW EMERY

    Matthew Emery is a

    composer who writes

    with an honesty which

    enchants (Vancouver

    Sun); his music has

    been performed in sixteen countries and

    in every province. Recent performances

    include ones at the White House

    (Obama), the Great Wall of China, and

    the Musikverein. His music is available on

    numerous commercially released albums,

    and through several leading publishers.

    Matthew studied at the University of British

    Columbia and the University of Toronto.

    When the Sun Comes After Rain is an anthem about finding home. I wrote the

    work while in my second year of university, living on the other side of the country. It is an

    imaginative a cappella setting of Robert Louis Stevensons poem that brings a freshness

    as real as the smells after a summer rain.

    When the sun comes after rain

    And the bird is in the blue,

    The girls go down the lane

    Two by two.

    When the sun comes after shadow

    And the singing of the showers,

    The girls go up the meadow,

    Fair as flowers.

    When the eve comes dusky red

    And the moon succeeds the sun,

    The girls go home to bed

    One by one.

    And when life draws to its even

    And the day of man is past,

    They shall all go home to heaven,

    Home at last.

    Robert Louis Stevenson (18501894)

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    WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND?

    DAVID ARCHER

    David Archers music

    finds life in the divide

    between sacred and

    secular. An award-

    winning composer

    and University of Alberta Music grad,

    David creates thoughtful and emotionally

    engaging music charged with mystery

    and beauty. Pro Coro Canada, Vancouver

    Chamber Choir, Canadian Chamber

    Choir, Vox Humana Chamber Choir, and

    the U of A Madrigal Singers are a few of

    the ensembles that have performed pieces

    from his expanding catalogue focused on

    choral music. www.soundstone.ca

    I was drawn to this poem because of its simplicity and because of its question without a

    good answer. No doubt this will be different for every person, but I hope that the music

    makes a space for us to savour the mysteries of the unseen, the unknown, of faith, doubt,

    wondering, hope, and peace. There is always room for another question.

    Who has seen the wind?

    Neither I nor you:

    But when the leaves hang trembling

    The wind is passing thro.

    Who has seen the wind?

    Neither you nor I:

    But when the trees bow down their heads

    The wind is passing by.

    Christina Rossetti (18301894)

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    I LOVED YOU FIRST

    STUART BEATCH

    Stuart Beatch is a

    Canadian composer

    of choral and

    chamber music

    currently living in

    London, UK. He recently completed

    graduate studies at Kings College

    London under Rob Keeley, having

    previously studied at the University of

    Alberta. With a particular focus on

    the choral arts, his music has been

    sung by vocal ensembles on both

    sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC

    Singers, the National Youth Choir

    of Canada, and Pro Coro Canada.

    www.stuartbeatch.com

    I Loved You First is a simple and emotional setting of the eponymous poem by

    Christina Rossetti. In this piece, I aimed to write something pure, delicate, and vulnerable,

    but which remained true to my roots (that of sacred choral music). The text, about the

    nature of true and lasting love, is set with clean, sterile lines juxtaposed against passionate

    declarations, which ends with a warm and reaffirming chorale.

    I loved you first: but afterwards your love,

    Outsoaring mine, sang such a loftier song

    As drowned the friendly cooings of my dove.

    Which owes the other most? My love was long,

    And yours one moment seemed to wax more

    strong;

    I loved and guessed at you, you construed me

    And loved me for what might or might not be

    Nay, weights and measures do us both a wrong.

    For verily love knows not mine or thine;

    With separate I and thou free love has done,

    For one is both and both are one in love:

    Rich love knows nought of thine that is not mine;

    Both have the strength and both the length thereof,

    Both of us, of the love which makes us one.

    Christina Rossetti (18301894)

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    THE EIGHTH OF SEPTEMBER

    PETER-ANTHONY TOGNI

    Canadian Peter-

    Anthony Togni is

    an award-winning

    composer, pianist,

    organist, conductor

    and former CBC broadcaster based in

    Halifax. He has toured internationally

    and performs currently as part of

    Blackwood, and his recordings are

    broadcast worldwide. Tognis Responsio

    won the 2014 Nova Scotia Masterworks

    Arts Award. In 2016, Peters opera

    Isis and Osiris premiered to critical

    acclaim in Toronto. Current projects

    include a symphony, Open Gates

    and Sea Dreams for choirs and flute.

    www.petertogni.com

    The Eighth of September is by the Chilean poet, diplomat and politician Pablo

    Neruda, one of the great poets of the 20th century and a personal favourite of mine.

    These loving, ecstatic and passionate poems were written for his wife Matilde Urrutia.

    He turns simplicity into mystical beauty and reveals the hidden corners behind the words

    themselves. I have tried to capture this with my own musical language, always being

    guided by the underlying passion and simplicity of the poetry.

    This day, Today, was a brimming glass.

    This day, Today, was an immense wave.

    This day was all the Earth.

    This day, the storm-driven ocean

    lifted us up in a kiss

    so exalted we trembled

    at the lightning flash

    and bound as one, fell,

    and drowned, without being unbound.

    This day our bodies grew

    stretched out to Earths limits,

    orbited there, melded there

    to one globe of wax, or a meteors flame.

    A strange door opened, between us,

    and someone, with no face as yet,

    waited for us there.

    Pablo Neruda (19041973)

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    LITTLE BELLS

    Little Bells celebrates the beauty that can be found in the everyday, and the joys

    inherent in being attuned to ones surroundings. The text by Walt Whitman describes an

    awed reaction to sounds as commonplace as wind and a heartbeat and I decided

    that, rather than mimicking these sounds (which, to my mind, would be redundant),

    the music should underscore this reaction, and help to evoke the remarkable contrasts

    between the sounds Whitman describes.

    I heard you, solemn-sweet pipes of the

    organ, as last Sunday morn I passd the

    church;

    Winds of autumn!as I walkd the woods

    at dusk, I heard your long-stretchd sighs, up

    above, so mournful;

    I heard the perfect Italian tenor, singing at the

    operaI heard the soprano in the midst of

    the quartet singing;

    Heart of my love!you too I heard,

    murmuring low, through one of the wrists

    around my head;

    Heard the pulse of you, when all was still,

    ringing little bells last night under my ear.

    Walt Whitman (18191892)

    NICHOLAS RYAN KELLY

    (see bio, page 11)

    COMPOSITION COMPETITION WINNER

    Chronos Vocal Ensembles inaugural

    composition competition was held in

    summer-fall 2017, and we received 21

    entries from 6 provinces.

    Congratulations to

    winner Nicholas

    Ryan Kelly!

    Many thanks to our

    jurors: Julia Davids

    (Chicago), Rachel Rensink-Hoff (Hamilton)

    and Timothy Shantz (Calgary) who

    worked together with Jordan Van Biert to

    narrow down selections and determine

    a winner; thanks also to our anonymous

    donor whose contribution has funded the

    prize for this competition as well as other

    upcoming new music projects.

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    THE FROST

    KATHLEEN ALLAN

    Kathleen Allans

    compositions have

    been commissioned

    and performed

    throughout the

    Americas and Europe and have been

    featured at two World Symposiums on

    Choral Music. She is the Director of

    Choral Studies at the Vancouver Academy

    of Music, the Artistic Director of Canzona,

    Winnipegs professional Baroque choir,

    and is a founding co-artistic director of

    Arkora, a chamber collective dedicated to

    interdisciplinary performance. She studied

    composition at UBC and holds a masters

    degree in conducting from Yale University.

    www.kathleenallan.com

    I composed The Frost while at a residency at the Banff Centre in February 2015.

    During my residency I visited my aunt and uncle who lived in the Rockies, and spent one

    of the most memorable days snowshoeing around and across a beautiful frozen mountain

    lake. I didnt know at the time that this special day would be the last time I saw my

    beloved aunt before she died suddenly a couple of months later. Archibald Lampmans

    Winter Uplands was written after a winter walk near his Ontario home, and I felt that his

    words perfectly captured the soundscape and essence of a winter day outdoors.

    The frost that stings like fire upon my cheek,

    The loneliness of this forsaken ground,

    The long white drift upon whose powdered peak

    I sit in the great silence as one bound;

    The rippled sheet of snow where the wind blew

    Across the open fields for miles ahead;

    The far-off city towered and roofed in blue

    A tender line upon the western red;

    The stars that singly, then in flocks appear,

    Like jets of silver from the violet dome,

    So wonderful, so many and so near,

    And then the golden moon to light me home

    The crunching snowshoes and the stinging air,

    And silence, frost and beauty everywhere.

    Archibald Lampman (18611899)

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    Administrative Assistant

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    Edmonton Youth Choir Staff and Families

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    SUSTAINERS$1000 TO $2499

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    PATRONS$500 TO $999

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    SUPPORTERS$100 TO $249

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    CONTRIBUTORS$50 TO $99

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    Chronos Music Society gratefully acknowledges our supporters.

    We have made every effort to acknowledge all donations received since January 1, 2017.

    Please contact us in case of error or omission.

    2018 FUND DRIVE

    Chronos Music Society owes so much to our generous financial contributors. This season, in addition to our season of concerts in Edmonton, we are mounting performances in several outlying communities, commissioning new choral works, completing sessions for a new recording, and traveling to Newfoundland to perform at the 2018 Podium Conference.

    The time of the year has come where we ask you to make a contribution to Chronos Music Society to help us reach our goals. Read more at chronosvocalensemble.com/support, where youll also be able to instantly donate online through Canada Helps, or schedule a monthly recurring donation. (To send a cheque, find our mailing info on page 4.)

    We have raised about $7000 in personal donations and pledges toward our goal of $16,500, which we hope to achieve by our next concert in April. Can you help?

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    JORDAN VAN BIERT CONDUCTOR

    Featuring arrangements of African-American spirituals.

    RESISTANCE TO OPPRESSION & RESILIENCE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT

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