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Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano


SU N DAY, DE C E M BE R 3 , 2017 Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills

42nd Anniversary Holiday Concert Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM Gordon Center for Performing Arts Owings Mills, Maryland Susan Bialek, Artistic Director Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

320 E. Towsontown Blvd. Terrace Level • Towson, MD 21286 410-494-1480 •

Children’s Chorus of Maryland is funded in part 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.

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LIFTING VOICES IN SONG A concert to benefit Blessings in a Backpack

Saturday, March 24, 2018 7:30 pm Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts 3400 Norman Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213

Children’s Chorus of Maryland Susan Bialek, director

Frederick Children’s Chorus Judy DuBose, director

Maryland State Boychoir Stephen Holmes, director

Peabody Children’s Chorus Doreen Falby, director

with Brad Permenter, accompanist

From the Artistic Director

Welcome to our 42nd annual Holiday Concert! Thank you for spending this afternoon with us! Angelic strains of choral harmony surround us this holiday season, but the sounds of creatures outside and the natural elements contribute to the beauty of the sound tapestry of this time of year. Amidst all of the activity and business that surrounds us, we hope you can take time to notice other kinds of singing. Some of those sounds are loud and boisterous, some are so very quiet and gentle, some are familiar, some are not. Thus, Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

Although there are some composers in our program today that represent the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic periods in history, you may also notice that many of the composers on this program are contemporary and still living. It is of interest in how many instances these living composers have selected very old texts for their compositions. Somehow the spirit of this long-awaited season transcends centuries in both word and song. As your families observe and celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, St. Lucia Day, Bohdi Day or Ashura, may the spirit of warmth, wonder, reverence, generosity, gratefulness, hope, love and peace surround you and your families this holiday season.

—Susan Bialek, Artistic Director

From the Board President

This will be brief because, as we all are experiencing, there are always too many things that need to be done and too little time. Children need to be chauffeured to school, sports, friends, etc. Errands need to be run. Maybe we are also part of the Sandwich Experience and we are helping our elderly family. Employment demands much of our time. Etc. Etc. Etc...

This is where Children’s Chorus of Maryland and School of Music comes in. Yes, it is one more time element, but it is an activity that feeds the minds, bodies and souls of our children. Its value surpasses the effort needed to get here.

And then you find yourself in this large auditorium, relax into your seat, and listen to the sound of angels. You see your son or daughter or grandchild or friend on the stage performing. And you realize that not only is the music beautiful, it is extremely complex. You realize that all of those trips to CCM have provided your child an education comparable to college music theory, a relaxed discipline to work in a group, and an opportunity to make friendships that may continue for a lifetime. Though I started with the thought that this would be brief, when I look back on the benefits and joy it brought my daughter, I just can’t say enough about The Children’s Chorus of Maryland and School of Music. I hope you all see and hear the beauty of this organization. And if you find it worthwhile, add a notation to make a year-end donation to our small but mighty non-profit. Thank you for your extremely valuable time. Now please sit back and enjoy!

—Susan Goetze, President, CCM Board of Directors & Alumni Parent

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Holiday 2017 Roster Concert Choir Lily Batchelor Caroline Cook Madison Côté Campbell DiCarlo La’Mya Flowers Julia Gaevsky Emily Georgiou Janet Gosnell

Eileen Gregory Edwin Harmon Sophia Kessenich Eli Lehman Abigail Morris Mattie Mueller Sara Orlinsky Meredith Pepin

Timothy Pepin Laney Plimpton Michelle Reynoso Samuel Schuler Morgan Sessa Charlotte Zang Zoe Zsebenyi

Marlena Althouse Joselyn Belcher Joey Blank Isabella Briggs Morgen Christian Mairead DeBrabander Madelyn Dwyer Anna Fugelso Kofi Hair-Ralston

Ashley Ince Calleigh Johnson Sevil Kallam Olivia Kasperski Zoe Kazanzides Natalie Labrique Megan McCormick Lydia Montcalmo Eve Moran

Zoe Niessen Ayeyi Opoku Inshera Opoku Noelle Plimpton Wilson Pratt Malaika Walker Jamison Washington Berlyn Wells-Huber Alaya Zsebenyi

Maelee Althouse Lydia Aus Kaelyn Ball Judah Belcher Shiloh Belcher Camille Brotman Alexandra Corwell Tabitha Croxton Will Dalton Heaven Davis Jack Davis Zoey Drane

Emilia Endy Madisyn Flowers Oscar Frazier Simon Frazier Gil Hair-Ralston Maxine Koymen Mariella Lehman Nadia Lewis Zaria Mayo Lance Miranda Leo Niessen Aline Noyola

Aseda Opoku Amelia Palmer Mercy Pantzer Connor Pratt Joseph Purcell Gabriel Sack Mikhail Sergeevykh Camilla Smolensky Sofia Solomonides Margarita Zonova Eric Michael Zsebenyi Wren Zsebenyi

Lyric Choir

Treble Choir

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Staff Andrea Burgoyne

Erin Barach

Susan Bialek

Ramona Galey

Executive Director Artistic Director

Meryem Ahmadian

Marketing Coordinator Finance Director

Program Manager

Faculty Patricia McKewen Amato Piano

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

Susan Bialek

Artistic Director, Teacher – Solfa I

B.A. Music, Vassar College M.A.T., Music Education, Manhattanville College Kodály Certification Level III, Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford Director of Music, Dutchess Day School, 1992-2014 Co-founder and Director, Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, 2006-2014 President, Dutchess County Music Educators Association, 2012-2014


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Lauren McDougle

Education Director, Camp Coordinator Teacher – Beginner I, Intermediate II, Solfa II

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

Jennifer Miller

Teacher – Beginner III, Intermediate III, Solfa III

Kodály certification Level III, Loyola University B.S. Mus Ed, Towson University M.M.Mus Ed, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Choral Director, Loyola Blakefield (1999-2013)

Angela Pope

Teacher—Beginner II, Intermediate I, Solfa IV

Choir Director & Music Teacher, Harper’s Choice Middle School, Howard County Public School System Co-Director Howard County Children’s Chorus – Cantus Chorus B. M. Ed. University of Delaware M. M. Ed., Kodály Emphasis, Loyola University, American Kodály Institute

Alexandra Fyhr Teacher—Crickets

B.A. Piano, Rutgers University Music Education certificate, Peabody Conservatory M.M.Ed. with Kodály certification, Loyola University First Steps in Music certificate, Feierabend Association for Music Education

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Board of Directors Susan Goetze, President CCM Alumni Parent; Owner, Sinclair Leasing

Andrea Burgoyne, Secretary CCM Executive Director; CCM Alumni Parent Ramona Galey, Treasurer CCM Finance Director; Executive Director Emeritus

Patricia McKewen Amato Music Coach and Accompanist, Towson University, American Institute of Musical Studies (Austria), and Children’s Chorus of Maryland Jason Herring, Alumni Liaison CCM Alumnus; Change Management, T. Rowe Price

Advisory Board James R. Glover, Chair Retired, CCM Alumni Parent

Carol Bogash Retired Director of Education, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Herbert Goldman, Esquire Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman Hoffberger and Hollander, LLC Nancy Grasmick, Ph.D. Retired State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland Department of Education Ronald Gretz Artistic Director, Annapolis Opera Company

Thomas Hall Music Director Emeritus, Baltimore Choral Arts Society; Radio Host, WYPR Edward Polochick Music Director, Concert Artists of Baltimore

Dr. Elam Ray Sprenkle Professor of Music History, Composition, and Theory, Peabody Conservatory Barry Tuckwell Conductor, Clinician, Horn Soloist

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MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The Betty Bertaux Memorial Scholarship Fund CCM’s late Founder, Betty Bertaux, was committed to the ideal that no musically talented child would ever be turned away from Children’s Chorus of Maryland because of an inability to afford the tuition. When Betty passed away in 2014, a memorial scholarship endowment fund was created in her honor, to help CCM continue that commitment. Betty’s legacy lives on in the students she taught, the music she composed, the teachers and musicians she mentored, and at CCM—the school she created and nurtured for nearly 40 years. We welcome contributions to the Betty Bertaux Memorial Fund, so that we may further the cause to which Betty devoted her life—nurturing young musicians, helping them learn what they need in order to share their gifts with the world, and feeding their souls.

The Bill Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund The Bill Snyder Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in 2016 to honor the memory of Bill Snyder, the late, beloved Building Manager at Towson’s Cranston Building, the home of the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. Bill loved children, music and CCM. He was devoted to keeping the Cranston Building and its grounds, and CCM’s suite in the building, in excellent shape at all times, for the benefit of the students, staff and parents of CCM. Bill’s cheerful, professional disposition and extremely positive energy always spread a very bright light around the Cranston Building and at CCM, and he is deeply missed by all of us who relied on his skills and his unshakable good nature. We welcome additional contributions to the Bill Snyder Memorial Fund, so that Bill’s tender and generous care of CCM may continue, in the form of funding deserving students. · (410) 494-1480 If you would like to commemorate a loved one by creating a memorial scholarship in their honor, please call us to discuss the possibilities. The objective of CCM’s Memorial Scholarship Endowment Funds is to maintain the principal in perpetuity, while the earnings are used to provide need-based financial assistance to CCM students. Scholarships may be applied to things such as tuition, supplies, uniforms, special events. study materials, and tour costs.

Concert Donors List 2017–2018 Season as of November 2017

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+) The Estate of Betty Bertaux and Ramona Galey Maryland State Arts Council JS Plank and DM Dicarlo Family Foundation

Patrons ($1,000 - $2,499) This performance is made possible in part through sponsorship of the Baltimore County Executive, County Council and Commission on Arts and Sciences.

Patricia McKewen Amato Andrea Burgoyne Dana DiCarlo Susan Goetze Helen Otell Viveka Ryn

St. Andrews Christian Community Church Wendy Scheinberg Larry & Amelia Schuler Jack & Melo Vaeth Robert and Margaret Thomas Fund #3 of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Sponsors ($500 – $999) Paul & Anastasia Barbero Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander Kelly Emerson & Earle Pratt Jason Herring Kenneth Schuberth & Marla Caplan Jack & Mary Weller

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Contributors & Sustainers ($250 – $499) Creating Equity, LLC – Yara Cheikh & Firmin DeBrabander Tim & Jeanine Christian Ruth & Arno Drucker Virginia Emerson Marian Goetze Eric & Diane Orlinsky Mr. & Mrs. David A. Power

Donors ($100 – $249)

Benevity Michael Alto Thomas & Carol Benjamin Yan Jiang & Guozhang Cheng George & Agatha Diver Jeff and Natalie Funk Claire Jensen Dr. & Mrs. Allan Jensen Dennis & Kathrine Kuo

($50 – $99)

Amazon Foundation Jacquelyn & Craig Hossfeld Clairice Eaton Jefferson Leslie & Russell Margolis Carol Baumerich & John O'Hara

Len & Cindy Levering Dr. & Mrs. Michael C. Meyers Colm O'Comartun & Elizabeth DeMarco Jo-Ann Mayer Orlinsky John and Megan Roberts Evelyn Stewart John Watt Mr. & Mrs. Forest J. Woods

J. Karl & Tina P. Sachs Jennifer Shapiro & Stuart Zang Charles & Ruth Spivak The Zsebenyi Family

(up to $49)

Babysitease Albert Bohrer Elisa Hartman & Peter Kazanzides Julie Lynn & Debra Shaw

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Program Susan Bialek, Conductor Patricia McKewen Amato, Piano

Concert Choir and Lyric Choir Dance Into the Day

Mark Patterson (b. 1969)

Heaven Unfolding

Andrea Ramsey Laurie Meeder, Cello


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) arr. D. Falby Laurie Meeder, Cello

Interlude Jingle Bells

Jeanine Yeager Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Treble Choir The Friendly Beasts

English, 12th Century arr. Audrey Snyder (b. 1953) Leslie Margolis, flute

From Feast of Lights: Chanukah, Joyous Feast of Lights Oh Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

Traditional Chanukah Songs arr. Simon A. Sargon (b. 1938)

The Night Wind

Mark Patterson (b. 1969) Leslie Margolis, flute

The Piglets’ Christmas


American Folk Song arr. Mary Goetze

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Concert Choir Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind From As You Like It William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)

Please hold applause between the two versions of Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind.

Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind

Sarah Quartel (b. 1982)

Hanerot Halalu

Baruch J. Cohon (b. 1926) arr. Blanche Chass

INTERMISSION Lyric Choir Ring the Bells

Libby Larsen (b. 1950)


Audrey Snyder

On Christmas Morn’

David Brunner (b. 1953) Adapted from Spanish carol

Banu Choshech Legaresh

David Eddelman (b. 1936)

Interlude Intermezzo opus 117, no. 1

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Concert Choir Chauntecleer

David Brunner (b. 1953)

O lovely Peace, with Plenty Crown’d Georg Friedrich Handel From Judas Maccabeaus (1685-1759) Ave Maria

Timothy Reno

Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John Peter Schickele (b. 1935) Aka P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742?) White Christmas From “Holiday Inn”

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Irving Berlin (1888-1989), arr. Kirby Shaw


Interlude Joy to the World

arr. Jeanine Yaeger Patricia McKewen Amato, piano

Combined Choirs Stille Nacht

Franz GrĂźber (1787-1863) arr. John Rutter (b. 1945) Please join us for a light reception in the lobby immediately following the concert.


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texts & translations Dance Into the Day Dance into the day and dream into the night. Breathe life into being; Release, unfold, embrace, behold the joy that is now Dance into the day, sing boldly into the light, Awaken now the joy of life! Dwell in the deepest possibilities Embrace the meanings and the mysteries Of morning sun and midnight rain, Of faint-lit glow and roaring flame Of childlike joy and wisdom gained Rejoice in the living of these days!

Dance into the day and dream into the night. Breathe life into being; Release, unfold, embrace, behold the joy that is now Dance! Awaken now the joy of life!

Heaven Unfolding Text by Anthony Silvestri Heaven is here unfolding, Where starlight and wonder mingle, Where sky and earth collide, In the vast expanses of the universe And in the smallest interstitial spaces Of cell and atom In quiet moments, In soaring songs of light, In unexpected beauty, In a smile, In laughter and in love, In harmony and hope,

In the depths of solitude As in the joy of fellowship, In the burnished golden light of Autumn, In death, and in sweet partings; Just as in the quick’ning fire of newfound love Is Heaven here unfolding Drink deeply, For widely flows the fountain And deep is Heaven here on earth.

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Did you know…

• That a recent study shows that the average American listens to music four hours per day—which equals 60 full days a year, and 13 full YEARS of musiclistening in an average lifetime? • That childhood music training is associated with gains in spatial and mathematical reasoning and complex language-use, in addition to the joy and fulfillment of music-making? • That people who continue their choral singing into their later years report higher morale, more social engagement, fewer falls and less need for medication than their non-choral-singing counterparts? • That music is so beneficial to the brain and body that it’s used in the treatment of many neurological dysfunctions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke?

• That relatively few people are still engaging in team sports by the time they’re 40, but a high percentage of those who participate in group musicmaking as children remain involved throughout their lives? • That according to a 2014 study of nonprofit organization longevity, CCM has outlived the majority of nonprofits registered with the IRS, and has survived twice as long as the median NPO lifespan? • That despite these statistics, the nonprofit arts sector is suffering declines in public support, corporate, foundation and private donorship, and admissions revenue? • That ticket sales and performance fees make up only 5% of CCM’s revenue? • That tuition covers only 50% of the cost of a CCM education? • That for 40 years, CCM has maintained founder Betty Bertaux’s commitment that no qualified child would be turned away due to inability to pay?

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Gloria Gloria in excelsis Deo

Glory to God in the highest

The Friendly Beasts Jesus, a baby, strong and good was humbly born in a stable, And the friendly beasts around him stood; Jesus, a baby, strong and good. I said the donkey, shaggy and brown I carried his mother uphill and down I carried her safely to Bethlehem town; I said the donkey, shaggy and brown. I said the cow all white and red, I gave him my manger for his bed, I gave him my hay to pillow his head, I said the cow, all white and red.

I said the sheep with curly horn, I gave him my wool for his blanket warm He wore my coat on Christmas morn; I, said the sheep with curly horn

I said the dove from the rafters high, I cooed him to sleep that he should not cry, We cooed him to sleep, my mate and I; I, said the dove from the rafters high. Thus every beast by some good spell, In the stable dark was glad to tell Of the gift he gave Immanuel, The gift he gave Immanuel.

Feast of Lights Chanukah, Chanukah joyous feast of lights, Chanukah, Chanukah lasts eight happy nights. Chanukah, Chanukah, celebrate with us; The victories of the Maccabees, against Antiochus

Chanukah, Chanukah tyrants were defied Chanukah, Chanukah, the temple purified Chanukah, Chanukah, the flame of liberty Burned eight days, and its rays blazed for all to see! continued on page 21

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Congratulations Jamison

on your first concert with the Lyric Choir. We are so proud of you. Keep singing beautiful melodies! Love, Mom, Dad, Grandfather, Aunt Cheryl, and Aunt Donna


Fun facts about the number pairs of ribs in the human body, normally :-) the largest number with just one syllable in English;

people have walked on Earth’s


cane on the maximum wind speed of a hurri the Beaufort wind force scale;

years Samuel has been

singing with CCM!

What a journey in music and song; Long may it continue! With love, mom + dad +


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Chanukah, Chanukah, happy time of year Chanukah, Chanukah, family and good cheer, Chanukah¸ Chanukah, come join in the fun Candles burn, dreydles turn, freedom has been won! OH Chanukah, oh, Chanukah come light the menorah Let’s have a party, we’ll all dance the Hora Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat S’vivon to play with, L’vivot to eat And while we are playing, the candles are burning low; One for each night, they shed a sweet light To remind us of days long ago

The Night Wind Text by Mark Patterson Listen to the night wind gently blowing through the trees Listen to the night wind as it sings a melody Hear it rush like a mighty chorus, swirling ‘round the starry sky Hear it whisper through the forest, softly singing a lullaby. Listen to the night wind as it whistles at the moon Listen to the night wind singing a mysterious tune Hear it roar like rolling thunder, clapping leaves on every tree Hear it creeping deep in slumber almost silent, like a dream.

Listen to the night wind as it echoes from afar. Listen to the night wind as it twirls around each star Hear it singing all around you, as it dances with delight. Let the midnight wind surround you listen for the song tonight.

The Piglet’s Christmas Text by Mary Goetze and Nancy Cooper On the day before Christmas the farmer did boast that his piglets were best for the holiday roast Tra la la la la la la!

He had fed them with barley and fed them with corn So they’d be nice and fat for the feast Christmas morn Tra la la la la la la! O he dashed them with burnet and basil and bay They were buttered and breaded to bake for a day Tra la la la la la la! continued on page 23

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As he heated the oven it came very clear That he never could eat them for they were too dear Tra la la la la la la! O the pigs sang a carol, the farmer sang too With the feasting forgotten amidst the to-do! Tra la la la la la la!

Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind Text by William Shakespeare from As You Like It (1564-1616) Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude Thy tooth is not so keen, because thou art not seen, although thou breath be rude.

Hey, ho, sing hey ho! Unto the green holly Most friendship is feigning, most loving, mere folly Then hey ho, the holly This life, this life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze, though bitter sky, freeze thou bitter sky, That dost not bite so nigh As benefits forgot Though thou the waters warp, Thy sting is not so sharp As friend remembered not. Hey, ho, sing hey ho! Unto the green holly Most friendship is feigning, most loving, mere folly Then hey ho, the holly This life, this life is most jolly.

Halalu Hanerot Hanerot halalu anachnu madlikin Al hanisim v’al hat’shuot v’al hamilcha mo’ot Sheasita la’avoteynu bayamim ha-hem baz’man haze Al y’de kohanecha kohanecha hak’doshem V’hol sh’monat y’me Hanukah V’hol sh’monat y’me Hanukah Hanerot halalu Hanerot halalu kodeshhem

We kindle these lights for the wonders and the redemptions Thou didst perform for our fathers through thy holy priests. These Hanukah lights are holy and through them we sanctify Thy name.

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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 in any one year. CCM could not exist without their generosity. You may spot a child in the audience wearing a “Cricket” pin. These are children who have completed our pre-conservatory program and who may be looking forward to becoming one of the “big kids” next year. 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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Handel Messiah 7:30 pm Saturday Dec 9, 2017 Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N Charles St, Baltimore 21212 3 pm Sunday Dec 10, 2017 St Mark Catholic Church, 30 Melvin Ave, Catonsville 21228 Handel Choir and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra With acclaimed soloists Arian Khaefi conductor

Martin Mass for Double Choir 7:30 pm Saturday Mar 3, 2018 Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore 21218 Choral classics, followed by a work of “searing beauty and luminescence,” the Mass for Double Choir by 20th-century Swiss composer Frank Martin. Handel Choir of Baltimore and guest artists Brian Bartoldus conductor

Sérénité: Fauré and Duruflé Requiems 7:30 pm Saturday Apr 21, 2018 Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore 21218 Handel Choir of Baltimore Paul Skevington organ Howard County Concert Orchestra Children's Chorus of Maryland's Concert Choir Brian Bartoldus conductor



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Ring the Bells Text by M.K. Dean Ring the bells, ring out clear Ring the celebration of a very good year, Ring the bells, ring out the bells of joy.

Wintersong Text by Emily Bronte (1818-1848) Fall leaves fall, die flowers away, Lengthen the night and shorten the day. Every leaf speaks bliss to me Fluttering from the autumn tree Winter, a chill is in the air, In frozen beauty none compare. The wintry world glistens bright. It gleams and sparkles in cold delight I will smile when wreathes of snow Blossom where the rose should go. I will sing when night’s decay Ushers in the winter day.

On Christmas Morn Text by Ruth Sawyer Shall I tell you who will come to Bethlehem on Christmas morn, Who will kneel them gently down before the Lord, newborn? One small fish from the river with scales of red and gold, One wild bee from the heather, one grey lamb from the fold, One ox from the high pasture, one black bull from the herd, One goatling from the far hills, one white, white bird. And many children, God give them grace, Bringing tall candles to light Mary’s face.

Banu Choshech Legaresh Banu choshech legaresh Beyadeinu or veeish Kol echad hu or katan Vechulanu or eitan Sura choshech hal’a sh’chor Sura mi p’nei haor Sura choshech hal’a sh’chor Sura mi p’nei haor

Here we come to light the lights, Singing for these happy nights Spreading warmth and spreading cheer Candles burning far and near Each of us is a little light Burning with joy so bright All together we’re a flame Burning in freedom’s name

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Chauntecleere Text by William Austin (1586-1634) All this night, shrill Chauntecleere Dayes proclaiming Trumpetere Clap his wings, and lowdly Cryes, Mortals, mortals wake and rise. See a wonder, Heaven is under. From the Earth, is risen a Sunne Shines all Night, though Day be done. Wake of Earth, wake everything! Wake, and heare the joy, I bring. Wake, and joy: for, all this Night, Heaven, and every twinkling Light Angels, Powers, and all that bee, Wake; and joy, this Sunne to See.

O Lovely Peace, with Plenty Crown’d Text by Thomas Morell (1703-1784) O lovely Peace, with plenty crown’d! O lovely, lovely Peace! Come, spread thy blessings, all around; Let fleecy flocks the hills adorn, And valleys smile with wavy corn;

Ave Maria Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum Benedicta tu in mulieribus, Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora pro nobis peccatoribus, Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen

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 at the hour of our death. Amen

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Throw the Yule Log on, Uncle John Text by Peter Schickele Throw the yule log on, Uncle John. Throw the yule log on, Uncle John. Throw the yule log on, Uncle John. Throw the yule log on Uncle John.

Ten o’clock on Christmas morn and all the guests are coming to the door. Ten o’clock on Christmas morn and Uncle John’s already asked for more. Though the weather’s bitter cold there’s not a frown to mar the festive mood; Wait ‘til they discover that old Uncle John has eaten all the food. Hear the hall clock strike, Uncle John. Hear the hall clock strike, Uncle John. Hear the hall clock strike, Uncle John. Hear the hall clock strike Uncle John.

Please will you come to Uncle John! Gather around poor Uncle John! When will you come to Uncle John? Oh when will you come to, Uncle John?

White Christmas The sun is shining the grass is green, The orange and palm trees sway. There’s never been such a day In Beverly Hills, L.A. But it’s December the twenty fourth, And I am longing to be up north.

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, Just like the ones I used to know. Where the tree tops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white, Christmas, With every Christmas card I write. “May your days be merry and bright, And may all your Christmases be white.”


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Stille Nacht Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Alles schläf, einsam wacht Nur das traute, hochheilige Paar, Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar. Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh

Silent night, holy night Shepherds first saw the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Hirten erst kund gemacht, Durch der Engel Halleluja Tönt es laut von fern und nah; Christ der Retter ist da

Silent night, holy night, Song of God, love’s pure light; Radiance beams from thy holy face, With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord at thy birth

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht! Gottes Sohn, O wid lacht Lieb’ aus deinem göttliches Mund, Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund, Christ, in deiner Geburt

Silent Night, holy night All is calm all is bright Round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace.

Ashley, congrats on your first year with the Lyric Choir. Love, Dad, Mom, Alyssa and Cody Let Heaven and Nature Sing! Holiday Concert 2017



Children’s Chorus of Maryland warmly welcomes our guest performers in this afternoon’s concert. We are grateful for their collaboration and artistry! Pianist 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; she recently performed The Carnival of the Animals with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. 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 30

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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. Laurie Meeder (cello) studied with Donald Watts and Cecylia Barczyk at Towson University and Evelyn Elsing at University of Maryland, College Park, and received a Masters Degree in music education from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught elementary, middle and high school orchestra in Maryland and Maine, private lessons in Baltimore and New Hampshire and has enjoyed several guest conducting engagements across northern New England. Laurie has played with several orchestras and ensembles in Maryland and New England. She has recently returned to Maryland to teach orchestra, private lessons and coach ensembles. She now has playing engagements in both Maryland and New Hampshire. Leslie Seid Margolis (flute) began her flute studies in elementary school. While obtaining a degree in comparative literature at Princeton University, she studied with Jayn Rosenfeld Siegel, and while in law school at Stanford, she had the great fortune to study with Frances Blaisdell. After a hiatus during which work, children, and other pressing aspects of life intervened, Leslie returned to the flute; her teachers include Laurie Sokoloff, piccoloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Rosemary White. Leslie was a founding member of the Baltimore klezmer band Klezzazz, has performed in local lunchtime recitals at Old St. Paul's and Emmanuel Episcopal churches, and has participated in the Baltimore Symphony Academy. She currently plays flute and piccolo with the Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra. When not playing or thinking about music, Leslie is a managing attorney focusing on special education and children’s issues at the Maryland Disability Law Center, a nonprofit, public interest law organization that provides legal services to people with disabilities. Her daughter Rebecca is a CCM graduate.

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acknowledgements Children’s Chorus of Maryland wishes to thank: • CCM Parents and community volunteers for their generous service.

• CCM Faculty for their excellent instruction, musicianship, and caring respect for children. • CCM Staff for their dedication, skill, enthusiasm, generosity and, when all else fails, sense of humor. • The Board of Directors for their time, devotion and guidance.

• Numerous Donors and Sponsors who have faithfully supported CCM’s operation and development. • Guest musicians who enhance our concerts and inspire our singers.

• You, our audience, for your appreciation, support and enthusiasm. You give us a reason to sing!

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concert volunteers Backstage Helpers

Amy Johnson, Chris Wells

Concert Parents

Beth Bugg, Daniela Amzel, Amy Côté, Staci Georgiou, Eric Zsebenyi

Box Office


Hall Monitoring

Instrumentalist Wrangler Merchandise

Photography Team


Kara Koymen, Elisa Hartman, Christina Davis

Gretchen Montcalmo, Coordinator Lauren Morris, Coordinator Julia Frazier

Rosetta Squire, Coordinator

David Cook, Alexandra Grinfeld, Chris Wells Quentina Harmon, Chair

Set-up/Clean-up/Riser Crew Robert Briggs, Steve Frazier Stage Management

Larry Schuler, Amelia Schuler, Jeff Belcher

Web Developer

Amelia Schuler


Stacy Plimpton, Nadine Zsebenyi

…And many thanks to all those who pitched in to help after this program went to print!

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save the date! Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17 at 3:00 PM Holiday Spectacular: Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra featuring CCM Mercy High School: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium, Baltimore Lyric & Concert Choirs

Saturday, January 6 CCM Classes Resume Spring Crickets begins

Saturday, March 24 Children Helping Children Evening Benefit Concert The Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, Baltimore Lyric & Concert Choirs, together with Frederick Children’s Chorus, Maryland State Boychoir, & Peabody Children’s Chorus

Saturday, April 14 Demo Day Extravaganza Prospective families can observe CCM and take a sample class

Sunday, April 29 at 4:00 PM St. Joseph Concert: Excerpts from our Spring Concert St. Joseph Church, Cockeysville All Choirs

Sunday, May 6 at 3:00 PM CCM Annual Spring Concert Mercy High School: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium, Baltimore All Choirs

Tuesday, June 19 CCM Montreal/Quebec Tour Choir Send-Off Concert All Families welcome to attend Location & Time TBD Tour Choir

Thursday, June 21 – Wednesday, June 27 CCM Montreal/Quebec Tour Tour Choir Schedule is subject to change.

Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 PM Sérénité Concert with Handel Choir of Baltimore 2nd Presbyterian Church Concert Choir


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Wishing you Happy Holidays!

42nd Annual Holiday Concert: Let Heaven and Nature Sing  
42nd Annual Holiday Concert: Let Heaven and Nature Sing  

From Antonio Vivaldi to Irving Berlin, our three choirs of nearly 100 children will raise their voices to welcome the season with festive ta...