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!" Season’s Performances

November 28 7:00 pm United Methodist Church 243 N. Market St. Wooster

December 5 7:00 pm Orrville Church of Christ 301 N. Main St Orrville

December 10 December 1 7:00 pm 11:00 am St. James Episcopal Dalton High School 127 W. North St; 177 N. Mill St. December 16 Wooster Dalton 7:00 pm Kidron Mennonite Church 3987 Kidron Road; Kidron

Sonnenberg Station

Chris Chamberlin

Gideon Dunster Paul Dunn Nate Gundy Toby Hazlett Kevin Himes Chuck Merkle Ellis Miller

Travis Pauli

Sonnenberg

Station

Singing Comets

Weston Bontrager Josiah Ramseyer

Daniel Raber

Jarrod Lepley

Corbin Schrock

Winfred Ressler

Connor Mast

Kevin Roth

Rowan Miller

Alexander Seymour

Bill Seymour

Josiah Miller

Tim Shue

Luke Mullet

Tim Yoder

Paulo Nunes

Matt Yost

Nate Otto Scott Perkins Micah Raber

BJ Steiner Andrew Troyer Drew Yoder Reed Yoder Curtis Yovichin Ben Zook

with special guests

Singing Comets present Songs for the Winter Season

Central Christian School’s

singing: powerful and primal, delicate and divine.


Sonnenberg

Sonnenberg Station

Directed by Tim Shue

Winter, 2012 Program Accompanied by Kevin Himes

Gaudete.....................................................................................adapted by Stephen Hatfield Taken from a 1582 Scandinavian text, the chorus translates: “Rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary.” Hatfield composed the English text to accommodate the verses. Soloist Kevin Roth of Millersburg. Toureador Carol....................................................................................arr. By Georges Bizet Hail the Bless’d Morn...........................................................arr. William Walker (1809-1875) “Singin’ Billy Walker,” the shape note singing master, is famous for his contributions to early American hymnody captured in songbooks such as “Sacred Harp” and “Southern Harmony.” Primitive melodies, high, soaring tenors and loud volume are characteristics of this type of singing. “Saints Bound for Heaven” and “What Wondrous Love is This” are also examples of his work. In the Bleak Midwinter.....................................................................................Gustav Holst German composer Holst is perhaps best known for his symphonic work, “The Planets.” This gentle hymn with text by Christina Rossetti contrasts the starkness of winter with the luminous gift of Christ. Shepherds Awake............................................................French carol arr. by Robert Scholz Sure on This Shining Night......................................................................Morten Lauridsen This beautiful poem meets its match with Lauridsen’s setting. Our current seasonal transition into winter mode makes it even more wonderfully haunting. Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)..........................................................................Z. Randall Stroope This setting is not for the faint of heart, relentlessly urgent in its music and message. In Dat Great Gettin’ Up Mornin’..................................................................Jester Hairston Though Jester Hairston is known to most of us through his energetic settings of spirituals, he was also an actor, appearing in more than twenty films. This rendition is yet another musical interpretation of Biblical judgement.

Singing Comets

Poor man Lazarus..........................................................................................Jester Hairston Riu, riu, chiu.........................................................................................arr. By Jim Leininger Freshmen Paulo Nunes is the soloist for this old Spanish carol, one of the most famous surviving songs representing the Renaissance period of Spanish music. Coventry Carol.............................................. Traditional English Carol arr. by James Myers This early carol juxtaposes a lullaby with Herod’s acts against the children of Bethlehem.

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Sing we now of Christmas................................................... French carol arr. by David York

From 15th century France, this sprightly carol employs a different series of notes; the Dorian mode and the melodic minor scale. Guitarist Nate Gundy, bassist Toby Hazlett and director Tim Shue on mandolin accompany. All the diamonds.........................................................Bruce Cockburn, arr. by Larry Nickel Just like Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, and Neil Young, prolific songwriter and talented guitarist Bruce Cockburn carries on the Canadian songwriting tradition. Circuit Preacher.................................................................................................Kevin Himes Sonnenberg Station’s accompanist is also a gifted composer. Circuit Preacher is the fourth song of Kevin’s that we have performed. Taking on a western flair, it’s the story of a traveling preacher on the early western frontier. Neighbors’ Chorus............... Jacques Offenbach from the comic opera La Jolie Parfumeuse Think only women gossip? The men of Sonnenberg Station are quite vocal with their prodding questions in this piece! Kpanlongo.........................................................folk song from Ghana arr. by Derek Bermel Tonight’s closing song is exhilarating to sing! It stretches the ranges of all voices and is rhythmic roller coaster – enjoy the ride! !ank Y" for attending a Sonnenberg Station concert. From early on, Sonnenberg Station has been committed to inspiring young men to pursue the art of singing. As evidence of this, new member Tim Yoder was once a member of a Dalton High School men’s ensemble who performed a couple of numbers with our ensemble. This season, we’re happy to welcome the Central Christian Singing Comets join us at selected concerts. Together, we will certainly present carols, though you may not recognize them as such. Since this time of the year normally offers heavy doses of Silent Night and Joy to the World, we went off the beaten path to unearth some non-typical carols. We hope you enjoy these settings from a variety of lands and time periods.

Tim

Shue

This is Mr. Shue’s sixth season as director of Sonnenberg Station. He is the director of high school choirs at Central Christian School in Kidron. He is a graduate of Hesston and Bethel Colleges in his native Kansas. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters. Kevin

Himes

Accompanist Kevin Himes has a piano performance degree from the College of Wooster and a masters degree in Theology from Ashland University. Mr. Himes is the pastor of Salem Mennonite Church of Kidron. He and his wife, Jen, have four children.


Fall 2012 Program