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FROM THE PRESIDENT Merry Christmas! As President, as well as a singing member of the Waukesha Choral Union, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you to our 2011 holiday concert, “A Collage of Carols”. The holiday season makes one reflect on the many things for which we are thankful. It is a time for rejoicing and celebration. I am thankful for our wonderful director, and the dedicated musicians that make up our group. I am thankful to our donors and advertisers, without whom our organization could not survive. Most of all I am thankful that you, our audience, have come to share the joy of our celebration. We are all truly fortunate to be able to celebrate the holiday season through the gift of music, rejoicing in song to glorify our savior’s birth. My hope is that you enjoy this celebration as much as we do, and participate fully in the sing-a-longs it truly is good for the soul. To prolong the musical celebration of the season, I invite you to order one of our new CD’s. Just recorded, it features many of the wonderful selections that you will hear this evening. In any event, I hope that you enjoy the concert enough to invite friends, family members, and neighbors to experience the wonderful performances that will make up the rest of our 2011-2012 season. Tom Custis WCU President

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A B O U T T H E WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N The Waukesha Choral Union has been musically active in the community for over 60 years. Originally a combination of the Carroll College student chorus and community singers named Waukesha Choral Society in 1949, the group became the Town and Gown in 1961 and the Waukesha Choral Union in 1974, taking its present form as an auditioned choir in 1978. MISSION The Waukesha Choral Union will challenge, enrich, and engage its singing members, audiences, and community through the pursuit of excellence and a variety of programming. The WCU mission includes expansion of the effectiveness of its educational efforts throughout Waukesha County through collaboration. S TA Y C O N N E C T E D TO T H E WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N Website www.ChoralUnion.org Sign up for our new eNewsletter

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WAUKESHA CHOR AL UNION Board of Directors President: Tom Custis Vice President: Diane McGeen Treasurer: Thomas Hering Secretary: Susan Wallenslager Ex-officio: Ernest Brusubardis, III Kristina Boerger Phyllis Cramer Aaron Frank Reanne Holmes Sarah Holmquist Barbara Miller Tom Smith Committee Chairs Marketing: Jim LaBelle Membership: Claire Johnson Operations: Colleen Reske Administration Artistic Director: Ernest Brusubardis, III Marketing Manager: Jim LaBelle

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ARTISTIC DIR ECTOR Ernest Brusubardis, III, Artistic Director of the Waukesha Choral Union, is a graduate of UW Milwaukee with the Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Music and the Master’s Degree in Music Education with an emphasis on choral conducting. His other choral directorships include the advanced ensembles of Hartford Union High School and the BrusubardisDzimente Latvian Choir, a podium he shares with his father. His expertise in this latter pursuit has earned him the chief conductorship of Latvian Song Festivals in the United States, Canada, and Latvia. As a music theater enthusiast, he conducts the orchestra for the annual productions at Hartford Union High School and boasts a record as music director for community theater productions throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, including Menomonee Falls Patio Players, On the Wall and Off the Wall theaters, Archangel Productions, and shows at the UW Milwaukee and West Bend extensions.

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F R O M T H E A R T I S T I C D I R E C TO R Welcome to Waukesha Choral Union’s celebration of A Collage of Carols. We have had a great time putting together a holiday offering that combines traditional and modern favorites of the Christmas season. You will also have a chance to sing along with more than one anthem, so be prepared to stand and join in with WCU as we ring in the season together. You’ll find the words for the sing along on the Text Insert of this program. Our concert features delightful carols from the English tradition as well as arrangements of popular Christmas songs from around the world. Of course we had to include American gems like “Carol of the Drum,” “White Christmas,” and “Sleigh Ride” to round out our selections. If you have been to previous Waukesha Choral Union Christmas concerts, then you will recognize our bookends of “O Come, O Come Immanuel” and “Stille Nacht.” Our hope for you is that your heart be warmed by the message and encouraged to create beauty in our world. May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white. Ernest Brusubardis, III Waukesha Choral Union Artistic Director

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VENUES

Joy To The World! Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 7:30 p.m. St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church 800 Glenview Ave., Wauwatosa The Milwaukee Choristers present the beloved music of Christmas with special guests, the UW-Parkside Chorale. In a special holiday treat, the two choirs will perform, with chamber orchestra, J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat.” Don’t forget our traditional post-concert reception.

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Cantus Prius Factus Friday, Apr. 20 and Saturday, Apr. 21 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin Lutheran High School 330 N. Glenview Ave., Milwaukee Dr. Kinchen’s unique programming concept of “new music from old tunes” was last presented by the Choristers in 1997. You’re likely to experience some “aha” moments, when an unrecognized title turns out to have a familiar melody.

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A Collage of Carols Friday, December 9, 2011 St. Luke’s Church Sunday, December 11, 2011 St. Catherine’s Church Waukesha Choral Union Ernest Brusubardis, III, Conductor Christopher Ruck, Piano

O Come, O Come Immanuel........................................................................... arr. John Rutter O Come, All Ye Faithful (Sing-along, words in insert) .................... arr. David Willcocks The English Tradition Rejoice And Be Merry.............................................................................arr. Reginald Jacques Once In Royal David’s City ...................................................H.J. Gauntlett , arr. A. H. Mann Soloist: Coventry Carol ................................................................................................... arr. Martin Shaw Masters In This Hall ......................................................................................arr. Harry Simeone Past Three A Clock .........................................................................................arr. Charles Wood Carols of the World King Jesus Hath A Garden ...........................................................................arr. Charles Wood Still, Still, Still .................................................................................................arr. Norman Luboff Ding Dong! Merrily On High....................................................................... Carolyn Jennings The First Nowell (Sing-along) ................................................................ arr. David Willcocks INTERMISSION Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Sing-along) ........................................ Felix Mendelssohn Perennial Favorites I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day ......................................................................John Marks Carol Of The Bells .................................................... M. Leontovich, arr. Peter J. Wilhousky Carol Of The Drum .........................................................................................Katherine K. Davis White Christmas..........................................................Irving Berlin, arr. Hector Mac Carthy Soloist: Sleigh Ride ............................................................................................................ Leroy Anderson The Star, The Child The Star Carol .................................................................................................................Alfred Burt Soloist: We Three Kings of Orient Are ........................................................................ John H. Hopkins Infant Holy, Infant Lowly ............................................................................. arr. Mary Schmidt Away In A Manger ............................................................................................ arr. Paul Sjolund Flute: Carrie Hooyman Stille Nacht ................................................................................ Franz Gruber, arr. John Rutter www.ChoralUnion.org · Waukesha Choral Union 13


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WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N SOPRANO Karen Bieszk Indra Brusubardis Christine Budish Phyllis Cramer Paula Custis Bonnie Eales Jensen Patricia Hummel Barbara Miller Rena Pett Shira Richardson Sally Schwarz Carol Slaybaugh Mary Stephani Wendy Stippich Kathi Stoiber Tasha Twesme Joanna Vanderhoef ALTO Jane Dykema Maureen Hair Beth Heflin Claire Johnson Sue Laubenheimer Wendy Muller

JoAnn Portz Susan Rabe Colleen Reske Michele Rinka Judy Rosynek Susan Till Sue Wallenslager Anne Wandler TENOR John Clausz Tom Custis James Gallup Paul McCoy BASS Richard Bishop Rich Blauvelt Norm Goeschko Clark Gugler John Gustafson Tom Hering Charlie Hummel Mpoyo Mulongo Tom Smith Alan Thompson

AU D I T I O N I N F O R M AT I O N Waukesha Choral Union is always seeking new members. To schedule an audition please call (414) 297-9310 or email at membership@choralunion.org The 2011-2012 Waukesha Choral Union season, “Heaven and Nature Sing” is sponsored in part by grants from the Arts Alliance of Waukesha County and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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C O N T R I B U TO R S The Waukesha Choral Union is deeply grateful to these donors for their meaningful financial support. Their commitment to live, local music will help the WCU remain affordable and accessible to the communities we serve. Maestro ($2,500 and above) Anthony and Andrea Bryant Family Fund Wisconsin Arts Board Conductor ($1,000 to @2,499) Arts Alliance of Waukesha County A donation in memory of James L. and Dorothy Goff Frisch JoAnn Portz Soloist ($500 to $999) Tom and Paula Custis Richard and Carol Snook Waukesha State Bank Chorister ($250 to $499) Alan Thompson Betty Lou Tikalsky Tom’s Heating Service Mary Stephani

Patron ($100 to $249) Tom Constable Marion A. Eales GE Foundation Practical Club Randle Dable Dick Smith Alan Thompson Accompanist ($25 to $99) Mark Aamot Maureen Bestland Ernie and Indra Brusubardis Hildegard Fischer Harry and Ingrid Goeschko Norman Goeschko Tom and Pat Gregory Juanita Gorden Clark Gugler John Gustafson Pat Hummel Mary Johnson Charmaine and James LaBelle Sally Schwartz Ruth and Glenn Van Haitsma Anne Wandler

Donations to the Messiah / Creation Project in honor of Fred Portz Mark Aamot Ron Abrahamson Maryilyn Bradley Susan Braunschweig Petrea Brenkle Andrea Bryant Susanne Carman Judy Clark Tom and Paula Custis Janice Davis Jane Dykema

Katherine Ebel Ralph Fischer Sharon Goodrum Juanita Gorden Tom and Pat Gregory Clark Gugler Pat Haughney Elaine Hurdle Allegra Jrolf Margaret Ktorides Mary Lou Marose

Susan Rabe Peter Roidt Richard and Carol Snook Dick Smith Tom Smith Donald Tewes Susan Wallenslager Mary Ann Wolfe

D O N AT E TO T H E WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N OnLine www.ChoralUnion.org eMail president@ChoralUnion.org Phone 262-549-4863 Mail Waukesha Choral Union, PO Box 495, Waukesha, WI 53187 Advertise in our next concert program Call 262-901-5325 or eMail marketingmanager@ChoralUnion.org Select #918425 Waukesha Choral Union for the Pick’n Save We Care Program Waukesha Choral Union is a tax-exempt 501.C.3 non-profit organization. Your donation may be tax deductible, consult your financial advisor. www.ChoralUnion.org · Waukesha Choral Union 17


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S H OW YO U R S U P P O R T Keeping the Waukesha Choral Union singing takes money as well as time, effort, and audiences. Show your support by coming to our performances, singing with us, “liking” us on Facebook, making a donation, or advertising in our print programs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. S I N G W I T H WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N The Waukesha Choral Union derives its strength and quality from its members’ passion for singing and is always seeking new voices interested in: • Growing in your singing ability • Singing Handel’s Messiah with an orchestra • Learning new musical genres • Socializing with others who have similar interests • Being a part of a growing, dynamic Waukesha County non-profit arts organization To schedule an audition please call (414) 297-9310 or email membership@choralunion.org. REHEARSALS Tuesday nights at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road, Waukesha, WI 53189. VO L U N T E E R O P P O R T U N I T I E S The Waukesha Choral Union is always in need of an extra pair of hands. Let us know the talents you are willing to share. Call (414) 297-9310 or email marketingdirector@choralunion.org. A DV E R T I S E W I T H WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N Our audience is encouraged to support those businesses that advertise in our concert programs. B&W ad space is available in: • Full-page • Half-page • Quarter-page All ads include a link on our website.

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STUDENT TEXT WRITING COMPETITION WITH $50 0 PRIZE The Waukesha Choral Union is accepting student poems, prose, or other original writings to use as a text for a commissioned choral work for its 20122013 season. The musical piece will be written by Waukesha-born composer Paula Foley Tillen. All students age 12 to 18 at the time of this contest that are educated in Waukesha county are eligible. The author will be honored, as well as receive a stipend of $500, at the WCU’s performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on March 25th, 2012 at Carroll University’s Shattuck Auditorium. Complete rules and an entry form are available online at www.choralunion.org or by calling 414-297-9310. The student submission must be original. The subject of the text is at the creative discretion of the author. Entries are due by December 15, 2011. The Waukesha Choral Union Commission committee will select the winner by January 15th, 2012. A second phase of the project, involving studentcreated multi-media interpretation of the commission, will be announced in 2012.

Paula Foley Tillen, a graduate of Waukesha’s Carroll University, has been a professional musician in southeastern Wisconsin for the past thirty years, and is much in demand as a composer, music director, pianist, vocal coach, and accompanist. Tillen’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by a wide variety of distinguished local, regional, national, and international groups. Tillen’s work can be found in the catalogues of Hal Leonard Publishing Co., Alliance Publishing Co., Treble Clef Music Press, and Santa Barbara Music Press.

“I am thrilled and proud to have been invited to write for the Waukesha Choral Union, my own hometown’s wonderful choral ensemble. It’s been a particular delight for me throughout my professional life to be a part of developing the creativity of young people, and I welcome this opportunity to work collaboratively with a young artist.” – Paula Foley Tillen “The mission of the Waukesha Choral Union encourages community outreach and educational efforts, and this contest accomplishes all that and more. The singing members and board are very excited about seeing a Waukesha student’s idea come to life in song.” - Waukesha Choral Union Artistic Director Ernest Brusubardis, III “This contest would not be possible without the financial support of our patrons, and a grant from Arts Waukesha and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Collaboration is a strong tradition within our organization. This project brings together many different local artists in a single celebration of music, - Waukesha Choral Union Board President Tom Custis

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WINTER 2012 ARTS EVENTS JAN. 14-FEB. 11 Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art Exhibition Reception Jan. 21, 6-8 p.m. Humphrey Art Center

JAN. 28 Wisconsin Wind Orchestra 8 p.m., Humphrey Memorial Chapel

FEB. 26 Faculty Recital with Tom Weis and Rhonda Kwiecien 4 p.m., Shattuck Music Center

MARCH 17 Jazz Ensemble 7:30 p.m., Shattuck Music Center

MARCH 23-24 THE LARAMIE PROJECT by the Carroll Players Times vary, Otteson Theatre

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T H E L A S T WO R D

Christmas Carols through the Years…Excerpted from Infobarrel.com “ . . . The playing of the merry organ, Sweet singing in the choir . . .” These lines from one of the oldest English Christmas carols,“The Holly and the Ivy,” remind us of the importance of music and singing to the celebration of Christmas. But how did the tradition of Christmas carols develop? In the ninth and tenth centuries the monasteries of Northern Europe used rhyming Latin verses to educate people about the religious meaning of Christmas. By the twelfth century they were being set to the music of popular songs. The influence of St Francis of Assisi was crucial from the thirteenth century onward in the growing trend of writing Christmas songs in the native language of a country, rather than using Latin, to ensure that everyone could sing them and understand their meaning. Christmas carols were first published in English in 1426, including “Good King Wenceslas” and “The Holly and the Ivy.” These carols were probably sung by wassailers, a medieval custom involving peasants going door to door visiting the wealthiest feudal lords in the area, offering their blessings in song in return for food and drink. Often this ended up in drunkenness, gambling, and promiscuity. Martin Luther and Charles Wesley were among those who wrote carols and encouraged their use in worship. A new interest in recording and preserving carols developed in the nineteenth century, leading to print versions of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” along with “The First Noel,”“I Saw Three Ships,” “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen,” and “Silent Night.” Carols were considered an important feature of Christmas celebrations and traditions in Victorian times, as reflected in Charles Dickens’ choice of a title for his novel A Christmas Carol of 1843. As we sing Christmas carols today, we connect with traditions, and sometimes even controversies, that are centuries old. Hopefully, they also refresh our own memories of the joy and excitement of Christmases past and present.

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