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3 8 TH A N N I V E R S A R Y H O L I D AY C O N C E R T

Betty Bertaux, Artistic Director

Featuring guest artists MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3 pm Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills

Featuring guest artists MOOD SWINGS big BAND

38th Anniversary Holiday Concert Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Betty Bertaux, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

100 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 202 T Towson, MD 21286 410-494-1480 T Children’s Chorus of Maryland is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Program design by Kathrine Forster Kuo, High Hopes! Holiday Concert 2013



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elcome to the never-tried-before pairing of CCM with a dance band! Children’s Chorus of Maryland and MOOD SWINGS big BAND (no, that’s not a typo,) may have come up with a new precedent in our respective genres. When Jack Vaeth proposed this collaboration, my initial reaction was a definitive “No.” Not only had I never heard of such a pairing, I couldn’t imagine how the blast of trumpets, the shriek of saxophones, the blare of trombones, and the pounding of drums could possibly not drown the young voices of our Treble, Lyric and Concert Choirs…all singing full throttle at the same time! “That’s not how we sing,” thought I. “There wasn’t music written for children’s chorus and big band,” I reasoned. But Jack persisted. He perceived something so far out of the box as not to be even in the same room with me. Then slowly I began to wonder if such a thing could really work. With one toe at a time, I inched myself into that strange way of thinking with Jack. Soon I started to get excited. With all my concerns addressed, it began to sound like a fabulous idea. Then, when I discovered The Maccabeats’ Hanukkah parody of the popular Dynamite, I was sold! Jack helped me select music that might be compatible for both groups, music that would celebrate the season, and lift the spirits in a unique way. You will hear some traditional CCM selections, too, but some with a twist. For example, when Benjamin Britten composed A Ceremony of Carols, he selected texts from 14th – 16th century England and Scotland. While we don’t know precisely how English was pronounced then, scholars have come up with some likely approximations. That’s what you’ll be hearing in our three selections from that composition. You’ll get to hear a song in Ukrainian, too. As we worked on Carol of the Bells, Concert Choir singer Nina Feliciano told us that her Russian sister was teaching it to her in Ukrainian. She sang a little of it, which was quite impressive. I asked her if she could learn the whole thing and teach it to us. She did better than that: she found a transliteration of the Cyrillic, an English translation, and helped us with the pronunciation. You may notice that the ending is a little different, but that’s how they do it in the Ukraine. May you be surprised to hear the voice of a familiar pop singer from the past. May you be amazed at the achievements of the music that challenged each choir and our CCMers’ ability to adapt to different musical styles. May you enjoy singing along with the chorus on the medley, “Snow.” But mostly, may you enjoy the concert and leave with your own set of High Hopes! Happy Holidays! Betty Bertaux, Artistic Director

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We wish to extend a very special thank you… …to the Vaeth Family and to every member of the MOOD SWINGS big BAND. The collaboration has been so enriching, but it also presented unique challenges for both groups. The band members have been gracious and generous to CCM in adapting to the special requirements of a performance with a chorus, with children, and in a classical venue. They have been singularly kind and encouraging to their young musician colleagues, and they have donated 100% of their professional services to CCM. Huge kudos to these enlightened, marvelous people – the members and leaders of MOOD SWINGS! Thank you! We are so blessed to count you as our friends in the vital art of making music and bringing joy to us all. With much Love, The CCM Team

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2013 – 2014 roster Concert Choir Crystal Cheng Nina Feliciano Phyllis Jean Lehman Rebecca Margolis Kendall McCoach Zinna Moore Abigail Pepin Madeline Pepin

Eve Plank Jesse Plank Abraham Plimpton Christopher Plimpton Emmy Pratt Emma Shannon Grace Vaeth Elizabeth Volpe

Lyric Choir Audrey Allan Christian Bechmann Madison Cote Kierstin Cummings Julija Jael DeVance Campbell DiCarlo La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky Janet Gosnell Edwin Harmon

Sophia Kessenich Marlo Lacson Kallista Liu Riley McNeill Meredith Pepin Timothy Pepin Jeremy Plimpton Laney Plimpton Samuel Schuler Charlotte Zang

Treble Choir Joey Blank Molly Bugg Caroline Cook Mykenzie Cooper Sabina Cooper Anna Fugelso Emily Georgiou Sophia Justen Giulio Katinis Lucia Kelemen Sabina Kermes-Turner

Sienna Klein Dennis Kupchenko Eli Lehman Evan Macdonald Annika Madsen Noelle Plimpton Grayden Redwood Morgan Sessa Margaret Valle Berlyn Wells-Huber

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MOOD SWINGS big BAND players Saxes


Sam Fine Ken Stastny Grant Vaeth Jack Vaeth George Wright

Mike Barry Dave Pomplon Mike Kellam Wayne Kern Melo Jean Vaeth



Xavier Cole Kip Patterson Mike Poissant Mike Sheridan

Jenna Badeker Richard Heyman Kristin Lagana Lisa MacSherry Caroline Oberle Jennifer Parde Ricky Wise

Trumpets Heather Horst Bob Mioduszewski. Lynn Patterson Karl Tracy


Sound Reinforcement James Patterson

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staff Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder, Artistic and Education Director

Ramona Galey

General /Executive Director

Andrea Burgoyne Operations Director

Christina Owens Marketing Director

Meryem Ahmadian

Program Coordinator

faculty Patricia McKewen Amato Accompanist

Vocal Coach/Accompanist, Towson University Voice Division B.M. Ed., Catholic University of America M.M., University of Houston Certificates in Lieder, Opera, and Chamber Music, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria Faculty, American Institute of Musical Studies, Graz, Austria

Dr. Betty Bertaux

Founder, Artistic and Education Director

B.S. in Education, Music Major, University of Tennessee M. Mus. with Kodály Emphasis, Holy Names University M. Mus. in Composition, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University D. Mus. Honoris Causa, VanderCook College of Music Certificate of Study, Music Learning Theory, Temple University Composer/Arranger and Editor, The Betty Bertaux Choral Series, Boosey & Hawkes Publisher “Sing On!” in the SAI Choral Series published by Edition Peters Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of American Kodály Educators continued on page 8

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JoAnn Cain

Teacher – Beginner II, Intermediate I

B.A. Towson University Kodály Certification, George Mason University Certification in Music Together, Early Childhood Program Music Learning Theory Certification, University of Delaware Musical Friends, Friends School of Baltimore, Founder Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Len Langrick

Teacher – Crickets; Summer Day Camp Coordinator

Music Teacher, Glenelg Country School B.M.Ed., Western Michigan University M.M., Indiana University Kodály Certification Level III, Silver Lake College Orff-Schulwerk Certification, Level III, West Chester University Musikgarten Certification (early childhood)

Lauren McDougle

Teacher – Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa I

Music Specialist, Montgomery County Public Schools Faculty, American Kodály Institute B.M. Mus. Ed., Bowling Green State University Orff-Schulwerk Level I, Eastman School of Music M. Mus. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University President-elect, Maryland United Specialists in Kodály

Jennifer Miller

Teacher - Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa II/III Choral Director, Loyola Blakefield (1999-2013) Kodaly certification, Loyola University B.S. Mus Ed, Towson University M.M.Mus Ed, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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board of directors Keith W. May, President Retired Navy

Betty Bertaux, Vice President CCM Founder, CCM Artistic/ Education Director, CCM Alumni Parent Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM General/Executive Director

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary CCM Operations Director, CCM Alumni Parent

James R. Glover Professor, Essex Community College, CCM Alumni Parent Jack Vaeth, MD Psychiatrist, CCM Parent Liaison

advisory board James R. Glover, Chair Professor, Essex Community College Patricia McKewen Amato Pianist, Conductor

Carol Bogash Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Goldman, Esquire Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman Hoffberger and Hollander, L.L.C. Hilda Perl Goodwin Philanthropist

Thomas Hall Music Director, Baltimore Choral Arts Society Dr. Margery Lowens Musicologist

Edward Polochick Music Director, Concert Artists of Baltimore Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle Professor of Music History, Composition, and Theory, Peabody Conservatory

Allene O. Sullender Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D. Retired State Superintendent of Schools, Philanthropist Maryland Department of Education Barry Tuckwell Conductor, Clinician, Horn Soloist Ronald Gretz Artistic Director, Annapolis Opera Company

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concert donors list 2013–2014 Season as of November 2013

Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank the following donors for their generous support of our programs and for their dedication and commitment to our children. We can’t do it without you!

Director’s Circle ($10,000+) JS Plank and DM Dicarlo Family Foundation

Conductor’s Circle

($5,000 - $9,999)

John Hancock Financial Services, Inc.

Maryland State Arts Council

Patrons ($1,000 - $4,999) This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

Betty Bertaux Ramona Galey Anya Grundmann

Keith May & Blue Sky Solutions Microsoft Jack & Melo Vaeth

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Andrea Burgoyne Edwin Lo Kevin Platt

Women’s Board of Realtors Wendy & Steve Scheinberg

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Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) John Watt

($100 – $249)

Viridian Energy Dennis & Kathrine Kuo Sheri Redwood Mary Riordan Megan Leah Roberts Joyce Stevens Brown

($50 – $99)

Baja Fresh Carol Baumerich Deli Management Lisa A. Diver

Mary Weller Capital One Leslie Margolis Michael Meyers David Power David Page

Carol McCurdy Mary Jeanne Mullen Rose Casual Dining The Associated & Mary Azrael

(up to $49)

Nancy Anastasiades Charles Cummings Jeri Devance Yan Jiang Melaleuca

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Betty Bertaux, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano Jack Vaeth, Ken Stastny & Mike Sheridan MOOD SWINGS big BAND, Inc.

Combined Choirs High Hopes

Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Hausen arr. Nelson Riddle Richard Heyman, Vocalist MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Treble Choir Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 1934

J. Fred Coots & Haven Gillespie arr. Betty Bertaux

Concert & Lyric Choirs Santa Claus is Coming to Town, 1975

Bruce Springsteen arr. Shaun Evans

Charlotte Zang, Soloist MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Interlude That’s What Christmas Means to Me

Stevie Wonder arr. Shaun Evans

Xavier Cole, Vocalist MOOD SWINGS big BAND 14

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Treble Choir This is the Time (Hanukkah Is Here) The Birds

Jill Galina

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

The Piglets’ Christmas

American Folk Song arr. Mary Goetze

Interlude Deck the Halls

Old Welsh Carol arr. Jeanine Yeager Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Lyric & Treble Choirs Swinging on a Star

Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke arr. Carrie Glenn


Interlude Christmas Time is Here Vince Guaraldi & Lee Mendelson arr. Roger Holmes Jennifer Parde, Vocalist MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Lyric Choir Hine Ma Tov

Israeli Folk Song arr. Betty Bertaux

Timothy Pepin, Soloist T Madeline Pepin, Finger Cymbals Abigail Pepin, Tambourine T Grace Vaeth, Drum

Sleep, My Little One Chrissimas Day

Alsatian Folk Song trans. and arr. E. Harold Geer Southern Appalachian Folk Song arr. Shirley W. McRae

Melo Vaeth, Flute T Marlo Lacson, Tambourine Laney Plimpton, Guiro T Madison Côté, Cowbell Kallista Liu, Triangle T Julija Jael DeVance, Drum Campbell DiCarlo, Cabasa T Sophia Kessenich, Wood Block

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The Four Boys Walking in the Air (from The Snowman)

Howard Blake

Edwin Harmon, Jesse Plank, Abraham Plimpton, Samuel Schuler

Lyric and Concert Choirs The Little Drummer Boy

Harry Simeone, Katherine K. Davis, & Henry Onorati arr. Harry Simeone

Zinna Moore, Finger Cymbals

Interlude Grown Up Christmas List

David Foster & Linda Thompson-Jenner arr. Shaun Evans

Caroline Oberle, Vocalist MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Concert Choir Hodie Apparuit Ave Maria

Orlando di Lasso (1532-1594) ed. Maynard Klein Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

Selections from The Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten Balulalow Kendall McCoach, Soloist As dew in Aprille This little Babe

Bidi Bom

David Eddleman

Carol of the Bells/Ukrainian Carol Ukranian lyrics provided by Nina Feliciano, Solfa IV


Ukrainian Carol M. Leontovich arr. Peter J. Wilhousky

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Fifteen Minute Intermission Enjoy the music of MOOD SWINGS during the intermission. Blue Christmas

Billy Hayes & Jay W. Johnson arr. Shaun Evans Kristin Lagana, Vocalist

Someday at Christmas

Stevie Wonder arr. Shaun Evans

Jenna Badeker, Vocalist

Home for the Holidays

Robert Allen, Walter Kent & Kem Gannon arr. Mike Crotty

Lisa MacSherry, Vocalist

Let It Snow

Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn arr. Shaun Evans Ricky Wise, Vocalist

Concert Choir & Intermediate III Sing Ding-a, Ding-a Dong!

Lynn Shaw Bailey

Concert Choir Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson & Mtchell Parish arr. Harry Connick, Jr. MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Slow Dancing in the Snow

Jay Althouse

Eve Plank, Soloist T MOOD SWINGS big BAND

Candlelight (Dynamite parody) Bonnie McKee, Made popular by Taio Cruz, Lukasz Gottwald, The Maccabeats Max Martin & Benjamin Levin Lyrics: David Block & Immanuel Shalev arr. Alan Billingsley

Interlude What a Wonderful World

Bob Thiele & George David Weiss arr. Louis Armstrong

Jack Vaeth, Vocalist T MSbB Rhythm

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Finale: Combined Choirs/Audience Sing-a-long Snow arr. Jerry Brubaker Frosty the Snowman Steve Nelson & Jack Rollins Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard & Dick Smith High Hopes (Reprise) Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert.


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snow-time sing-a-long Frosty the Snowman Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul, With a corncob pipe and a button nose And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the Snowman is a fairy tale, they say; He was made of snow, but the children know How he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around. Oh, Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be, And the children say he could laugh and play Just the same as you and me.

Let it it Snow Oh the weather outside is frightful, But the fire is so delightful, And since we’ve no place to go, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Oh it doesn’t show signs of stopping, And I brought some corn for popping, The lights are turned way down low, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. When we finally kiss goodnight, How I’ll hate going out in the storm; But if you really hold me tight, All the way home I’ll be warm.

Well, the fire is slowly dying, And my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing But as long as you love me so, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. continued on page 20

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Winter Wonderland Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin’ In the lane snow is glistenin’ A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, Walkin’ in a winter wonderland. Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is the newbird, He sings a love song as we go along, Walkin’ in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman; And pretend that he is Parson Brown. He’ll say: “Are you married?” We’ll say “No, man! “But you can do the job when you’re in town.” Later on we’ll conspire, As we dream by the fire, To face unafraid the plans that we made Walkin’ in a winter wonderland. Children only: Walkin’ in a winter wonderland. Walkin’ in a winter wonderland.


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texts & translations Ave Maria Latin Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

English Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

Hodie Apparuit Latin Hodie apparuit in Israel Per Mariam Virgine: Est natus Rex.

English Today appears in Israel, Born of the Virgin Mary: A King is born.

Excerpt from A Ceremony of Carols The lyrics used in A Ceremony of Carols represent the period between 1400 – 1600. Benjamin Britten, a lover of British literature, especially that of antiquity, selected ten poems from the collection The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems, by Gerald Bullett. He discovered that collection in Halifax, Nova Scotia, while docked there on a journey home to England from America. He composed A Ceremony of Carols for treble voices and harp in 1942 while on board the ship. The following three songs are movements 4b, 5 and 6.


By Scottish poets, James, John & Robert Wedderburn, 1548

O my deare hert, young Jesu sweit, Prepare thy creddil in my spreit, And I sall rock thee to my hert, And never mair from thee depart.

But I sall praise thee evermoir, With sanges sweit unto thy gloir; The knees of my hert sall I bow, And sing that richt Balulalow!

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As dew in Aprille

Annonyous, ca. 1400 England

I sing of a maiden That is makeles: (matchless) King of all kings To her son she ches. (chose)

He came al so stille There his moder lay, As dew in Aprille That falleth on the spray.

He came al so stille There is moder was, As dew in Aprille That falleth on the grass.

Moder and mayden was never none but she: Well may such a lady Goddes mode be.

He came al so still To his moder’s bour, As dew in Aprille That falleth on the flour.

This little Babe

By Robert Southwell (1561 ? – 1595), England

This little Babe, so few days old, Is come to rifle Satan’s fold; All hell doth at his presence quake, Though he himself for cold do shake; For in the weak unarmed wise The gates of hell he will surprise.

With tears he fights and wins the field, His naked breast stands for a shield; His battering shot are babish cries, His arrows looks of weeping eyes, His martial ensigns Cold and Need, And feeble Flesh his warior’s steed. His camped is pitched in a stall, His bulwark but a broken wall; The crib his trench, haystalks his stakes; Of shepherds he his muster makes; And thus, as sure his foe to wound, The angels’ trumps alarum sound.

My soul, with Christ join thou in fight; Stick to the tents that he hath pight. (pitched) Within his crib is surest ward; This little Babe will be thy guard. If thou wilt foil thy foes with joy, Then flit not from this heavenly Boy. continued on page 25

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Ukrainian Carol (New Year Carol) Transliteration Shehdryk, shchedryk, shchedrivochka, pryletila lastivochka stala sobi shchebetaty, hospodarva vyklvkaty: “Vyydy, vyydy, hospodaryu, podyvysya na kosharu tam ovechky pokotylys, a yahnychky narodylys. V tebe tovar ves’ khoroshyy budesh’ maty mirku hroshey, V tebetovar ves’ khoroshyy budesh’ maty mirku hroshey, khoch ne hroshey, to polova: v tebe zhinka chomobrova.” Shchedryk shchedryk, shchedrivochka, pryletila lastivochka.

English Translation A little swallow flew (into the household) And started to twitter To summon the master: “Come out, come out, o master (of the household,) Look at the sheep pen, There the ewes are nestling And the lambkin has been born.

Your goods (livestock) are great, You will have a lot of money, (by selling them) Your goods are great, You will have a lot of money, If not money, than chaff: (from all the grain you will harvest,) You have a dark-eyebrowed (beautiful) wife.” A little swallow flew.

Candlelight I’ll tell a tale, Of Maccabees in Israel, When the Greeks tried to assail, But it was all to no avail, The war went on and on and on, Until the mighty Greeks were gone. Yeah. I flip my latkes in the air sometimes, Saying ayy-oh, spin the dreidel, Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights, Singing ayy-oh, light the candles, We say al hanissim, Oh yeah for all eight nights, Then we play dreidel by the candlelight. And I told you once, and I told you twice, ‘Bout the miracle of the candlelight. continued on page 27

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They took the field, The rivals thought “Are they for real? Those Maccabees they’d never yield, They charged ahead with sword and shield, The war went on and on and on, Until the mighty Greeks were gone, yeah. I flip my latkes in the air sometimes Saying ayy oh, spin the dreidel, Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights, Singing ayy-oh, light the candles, We say Maoz Tzur, Oh yeah for all eight nights, Then we play dreidel by the candlelight. And I told you once, and I told you twice ‘Bout the miracle of the candlelight.

And the great menorah, For eight days it kept on burning, What a celebration, A great return to Torah learning, ‘Cuz I can feel it, and aye-aye-aye, Nes gadol, nes gadol, Nes gadol hayah sham (A wonderful miracle happened there.) Nes gadol hayah sham sham sham sham… I flip my latkes in the air sometimes, Saying ayy-oh, spin the dreidel, Just wanna celebrate for all eight nights Singing ayy-oh, light the candles. We say Maoz Tzur, Oh yeah for all eight nights, Then we play dreidel by the candlelight. And I told you once, and I told you twice, ‘Bout the miracle of the candlelight.

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Look around you today— You will see many people sporting various CCM pins. The oval, “Sponsor” pins are given to honor those people who have made an extraordinary financial contribution to CCM, of five hundred or more dollars to CCM in any one year. CCM could not exist without their generosity. Some of our volunteers will be wearing pins earned for service far beyond that required of CCM families. Many of these volunteers have given dozens, even hundreds of extra hours to CCM. No concert, no fundraiser, no newsletter, no tour, no CCM event could be produced without the generosity of our volunteers. Finally, you will see many pins proudly worn by our choristers. Every pin represents a period of extraordinary commitment, on the part of the student and the family, to braving the elements, overcoming illness, and laying other opportunities aside, in order to achieve exemplary attendance at CCM’s classes and rehearsals. Good attendance is the backbone of a polished performance, and while perfect and near-perfect attendance isn’t always possible, we honor those students who accomplish it. And look how many have accomplished it again and again! Taken together, CCM’s pins tell the story of a tremendous commitment—of time, effort, funds, determination and talent—all of which come together to produce today’s concert. If you’re reading this program, chances are that some of that commitment has come from you. So thank you, to all who have made today’s concert possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!


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collaborators Children’s Chorus of Maryland warmly welcomes our guest performers in this afternoon’s concert. We are grateful for their collaboration and artistry! Patricia McKewen Amato’s extensive operatic experience includes duties as conductor, coach, and accompanist at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, Brevard Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Peabody Institute, and the Young Victorian Theatre. She served as assistant music director of the Baltimore Opera Company and music director of its touring company; music director/conductor for Annapolis Opera, Maryland Lyric Opera, Brevard Music Festival, Opera Americana, Washington Savoyards, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Rep Stage; and assistant conductor/ chorus master for Washington Summer Opera. A versatile pianist, Ms. Amato frequently performs with the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Baltimore Choral Arts, Baltimore Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Baltimore Opera, Prince George’s Opera and Philharmonic, and Metropolitan Opera regional competitions. Ms. McKewen Amato is a first place winner in the Houston Chamber Music Society Competition; recently performing The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts. She made her Lincoln Center conducting debut in 1999 in an all-Charles Loeffler program, subsequently recorded on Koch International. Ms. McKewen Amato is a coach/ accompanist for the voice division at Towson University, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. She holds a BM from the Catholic University of America (magna cum laude), a MM from the University of Houston (magna cum laude), and certificates in lieder, opera, and chamber music from The American Institute of Musical Studies, in Graz, Austria. continued on page 30

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Under the leadership of Jack Vaeth, Ken Stastny & Mike Sheridan, MOOD SWINGS big BAND enters their 18th holiday season as an ensemble performing tunes ‘from Basie to Beyoncé’. In December of 2007, MOOD SWINGS solely participated in a very memorable holiday program in the East Room of the White House. Personally invited by President George W. Bush & First Lady Laura Bush after a summer Kennebunkport performance, they entertained members of the President’s Cabinet, the Congress and the Supreme Court on that very memorable evening. Realizing that this is a great musical season — especially for children — teaming up with CCM was a natural fit. With 17 instrumentalists and seven vocalists, they graciously complement the many members of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Daniel Bertaux (Stage Logistics Coordinator) is very excited to be back near a CCM stage! Daniel was a member of the first Crickets class and graduated from CCM after 10 of the most important years of his life. He has previously worked on Legally Blonde (Carlos) and Sunset Boulevard (Artie) at The Way Off Broadway Theatre. His next endeavor will be Hair at The Keegan Theatre. He could never have achieved any of this without the help and teachings of the wonderful Betty Bertaux (aka Mombett) and CCM. Enjoy the concert!


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concert volunteers Backstage Helpers Box Office

Concert Parents F.I.P.

Floral Designer

Hall Monitoring

Photography Team Reception Set-up/Clean-up & Riser Crew

Stage Management Uniforms

Ushers & Traffic Directors Web Developer

Beth Bugg, Curtis Cooper, Carol deNeufville, Lauren Madsen, Jamie Perry Monica Bernabei, Lisa Lacson, Ray Lacson Amy Côté, Staci Georgiou Ray Lacson, Coordinator Lorna Clum

Lisa Bechmann, Sanzi Kermes, Co-Coordinators

David Cook, Kevin Cummings, Wolfgang Justen, Lisa Kelemen, Lauren Madsen, Amelia Schuler, Chris Wells Quentina Harmon, Yan Jiang, Theresa Volpe, Co-Coordinators Philip Bechmann, Joshua DeVance, Anatoly Gaevsky, Pace Kessenich Larry Schuler

Stacy Plimpton, Theresa Volpe, Co-Coordinators Lisa Kelemen

Amelia Schuler

…And many thanks to those of you who signed on to help after this program went to print!

Elizabeth, You have worked very hard for the last six years and have earned “The Black Dress”! Congratulations. We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad, Grace, and Gaga. High Hopes! Holiday Concert 2013



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acknowledgements Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank:

T CCM Parents and community volunteers for their generous


T CCM Faculty for their excellent instruction, musicianship, and

caring respect for children.

T The Board of Directors for their time, devotion, and guidance. T Numerous Donors who have faithfully supported CCM’s

operation and development.

save the date! Mark your calendars now for the highlights of our 20132014 season: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 7:30 PM Catholic Charities Benefit Concert with Concert Artists of Baltimore Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 4:00 and 5:00 PM CCM Crickets™ Classes begin at Coppermine Fieldhouse Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9:30 and 10:30 AM CCM Crickets™ Classes begin in Timonium Location Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:00 PM Sunday, March 16, 3:00 PM La Bohème with Annapolis Opera Company Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 3:00 PM 38th Anniversary Spring Concert: With Laughter and Singing

The Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD Schedule is subject to change.

High Hopes! Holiday Concert 2013


High Hopes! Program Concert Booklet  

Dr. Betty Bertaux, artistic director Patricia McKewen Amato, piano Special performance by Mood Swings Big Band. Enjoy old and new holiday s...

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