Bel Canto Cedar Valley Presents "Hearth and Song"

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Alice Reid Pruisner, Artistic Director and Founder of Bel Canto Cedar Valley, graduated with honors from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL with an undergrad in Vocal Music Education and from The University of Northern Iowa with a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. Ms. Pruisner has experience conducting choirs of all ages, and is especially passionate about community building and outreach. Ms. Pruisner lives in Cedar Falls with her husband, two daughters, and two mini dachshunds.

Texts and Translations Hearth and Song (written for BCCV’s 10th Anniversary by former member Joseph Carey) Oh have you known the hearth and song? The hearth that warms you, safe and strong The song you’ve felt your whole life long: Known these and known that you belong? The hearth is a home, the hearth is a bed It’s a tent or a train; it’s a bridge or a shed; The hearth is wherever spirits are fed; The hearth is a friend with their arms outspread.

The song’s in the air, the song’s in your chest; It calls to the poor and the oppressed; It calls you to march and to protest; It calls you to work, and to your rest. You can sit at the hearth: here’s a place by the fire. You can join in the song, there is room in the choir. You don’t have to be wise, you don’t have to be tough, You belong here with us: as you are, you’re enough.

Sicut locutus est (From Magnificat - The Canticle of Mary) Sicut locutus est ad patres nostros, Abraham et semini eius in saecula.

As was spoken to our fathers, To Abraham and his seed forever.

Lebenslust Wer Lebenslust fühlert, der bleibt nicht allein, allein sein ist öde, wer kann sich da freu’n? Im traulichen Kreise, beim herzlichen Kuss, beisammen zu leben ist Seelengenuss!

Those who experience life’s joy do not remain alone. To be alone is so dull; who can possibly enjoy that? In an intimate circle of friends, with a heart-felt kiss, to live together is the soul’s delight!

Bel Canto Cedar Valley presents: Hearth and Song Celebrating our 10-Year Anniversary Season Alice Pruisner, Director Bethany Brooks, Accompanist Hearth and Song

Words and Music by Joseph Carey Soloists: Amanda Bridges-Kramme, Matt Rector, Zachary Rogers

Sicut Locutus Est (From Magnificat)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Beautiful River (Shall We Gather At The River)

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry Arr. William Hawley (b. 1950)

What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor (English Sea Shanty)

Arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw


Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

As the rain hides the stars (Traditional Gaelic Prayer)

Elaine Hagenberg (b. 1979)

No One Is Alone (From Into The Woods)

Words and Music by Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021) Arr. Mark Brymer

Intermission Gitanjali Chants

Poetry by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Craig Hella Johnson (b. 1962)

My Song in the Night (American Folk Hymn)

Arr. Paul Christiansen (1941-1997)


Text by Blaine Ginsburg Music by Andrea Ramsey (b. 1977)

Sing, my Child Words and Music by Sarah Quartel (b. 1982) Soloists: Elizabeth Nelson, Patty Foster, Sarah Burke, Tiffany Peterson Rasmussen Connected

Words and Music by Brian Tate

I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til The Spirit Moves In My Heart Words and Music by Moses Hogan (1957-2003) Soloists: Matt Rector, Darwin Johnson, Kayla Mahler, Elizabeth Nelson The Road Home

Text by Michael Dennis Browne Tune: “Prospect” from Southern Harmony 1985 Arr. Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) Soloist: Kate Hahn

You Will Be Found (From Dear Evan Hansen)

Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Arr. Mac Huff Soloists: Jess Larison, Sarah Rueber, Mark Fakler

Leadership Travis Toliver, president; Jonathan Bridges, president elect Christine Anderson, choir manager; Kayla Mahler, secretary Tiffany Peterson Rasmussen, treasurer; Kyle Rasmussen, fundraising Alice Pruisner, grants; Patty Foster and Matt Rector, members at large

Members Soprano Hannah Boecker Amanda Bridges-Kramme* Sarah Burke Carley Crozier Charis Crozier Patty Foster Jennifer Jacobsen Kayla Mahler Elizabeth Nelson Tiffany Peterson Rasmussen Meg Stineman

Alto Christine Anderson Anna Beamsley Rogers Shoshanna Coon Melanie Drake Kim Erisman Emily Fakler Emily Forssberg Megan Lien Sara Rueber Kelsey Williams

Tenor Bill Atkins Mark Fakler Darwin Johnson Jess Larison Matt Rector Ryan Richmond Devin Wipperman*

Bass Jonathan Bridges Brook Jacobsen Chris Knudson Kevin Lam Judson Lee* Micah Pruisner Zachary Rogers Carter Shaull Ben Stineman *section leader

Special Thanks All past and present members of BCCV over the last 10 years St. John Lutheran Church Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa Bel Canto Cedar Valley Endowment Fund (gifted by Bob and JoDee Richardson)

Upcoming Events Saturday, December 10, 2:00 p.m. - Raise Your Voices with the Wartburg Community Symphony Neumann Auditorium, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA Sunday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. - Christmas at the Hearst Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA Sunday, May 7, 2023, 3:00 p.m. – Bel Canto Cedar Valley 10-Year Anniversary Spring Concert

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