11/20/22 Mahler at Pacific

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Mahler at Pacific Sunday I November 20, 2022 I 2:00 pm DeRosa University Center Ballroom University Symphony Orchestra and select high school students Nicolas Waldvogel, conductor Virginia Kelsey, mezzo-soprano

38th Performance I 2022–23 Academic Year I Conservatory of Music I University of the Pacific



PROGRAM I NOVEMBER 20, 2022 I 2:00 PM Guv sta Mahler (1860–19)

Blumine (1884)

Alma Mahler 4)(1879–6

Four Songs Die stille Stadt (1911) Hymne (1924) Licht in der Nacht (1915) Lobgesang (1924)

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Virginia Kelsey, mezzo-soprano Totenfeier (1888)

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TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS Die stille Stadt Liegt eine Stadt im Tale, ein blasser Tag vergeht. es wird nicht lang mehr dauern, bis weder Mond noch Sterne nur Nacht am Himmel steht.

The Silent Town A town lies in a valley, a pale day is finishing; it will not be long before neither moon nor stars, but night alone in the sky.

Von allen Bergen drücken Nebel auf die Stadt, es dringt kein Dach, noch Hof noch Haus, kein Laut aus ihrem Rauch heraus, kaum Türme noch und Brükken.

From every mountain mists descend on the town; no roof, no courtyard, no house no sound can penetrate the smoke, neither towers nor bridges.

Doch als dem Wandrer graute, da ging ein Lichtlein auf im Grund und aus dem Rauch und Nebel begann ein Lobgesang aus Kindermund. —Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel

But as the traveler shivered, a light appeared in the valley; and through the smoke and mist came a faint song of praise from a child’s lips.

Hymne Wenige wissen das Geheimnis der Liebe, Fühlen Unersättlichkeit und ewigen Durst Des Abendmahls göttliche Bedeutung Ist den irdischen Sinnen Rätsel; Aber wer jemals Von heissen, geliebten Lippen Atem des Lebens sog, Wem heilige Glut In zitternde Wellen das Herz schmolz, Wem das Auge aufging, Dass er des Himmels Unergründliche Tiefe mass, Wird essen von seinem Leibe Und trinken von seinem Blute ewiglich.

Hymns Few know the secret of love, feel its unquenchable eternal thirst. The godly meaning of the last supper remains a secret to us mere mortals; but whoever tasted, from hot, beloved lips, the breath of life who holy scorching waves tremblingly melted the heart, who with suddenly seeing eyes, got a sense of heaven’s immeasurable depth will eat from his body will drink from his blood forever.

Wer hat des irdischen Leibes Hohen Sinn erraten? Wer kann sagen, Dass er das Blut versteht? Einst ist alles Leib, ein Leib,

Who has felt the essential meaning of our earthly flesh? Who can tell, that he understands the blood? Once all is flesh, one flesh,


TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS In himmlischem Blute Schwimmt das selige Paar.

in heavenly blood floats the blessed couple.

O! dass das Weltmeer Schon erröthete, Und in duftiges Fleisch Aufquelle der Fels! Nie endet das süsse Mahl, Nie sättigt die Liebe sich. Nicht innig, nicht eigen genug Kann sie haben den Geliebten. Von immer zärteren Lippen Verwandelt wird das Genossene Inniglicher und näher. Heissere Wollust Durchbebt die Seele, Durstiger und hungriger Wird das Herz: Und so der Liebe Genuss Von Ewigkeit zu Ewigkeit. —Friedrich von Hardenberg, as Novalis

O! That the ocean would turn read already and in fragrant skin would upwell the rock! never would end the sweet pleasure, never be saturated the love; not close enough, not intimate enough can she have the beloved. By ever more tender lips the relished will grow more and more to the heart. Hotter lust trembles through the soul, more thirsty and hungry becomes the heart: and so persists love’s pleasure From eternity to eternity.

Licht in der Nacht Ringsum dunkle Nacht, Hüllt in Schwarz mich ein. Zage flimmert gelb Fern her ein Stern!

Light in the Night Deep night all around envelops me in black. A hesitant yellow star shimmers from afar.

Ist als wie ein Trost, Eine Stimme still, Die dein Herz aufruft, Das verzagen will.

It is as though bringing relief, a tranquil voice which will call your heart, when in despair.

Kleines gelbes Licht, Bist mir wie der Stern Überm Hause einst Jesu Christ, des Herrn.

Little yellow light, For me you are like the star That once shone above the house Of Lord Jesus Christ.

Und da löscht es aus! Und die Nacht wird schwer! Schlafe, Herz! Du hörst keine Stimme mehr! —Otto Julius Bierbaum

And now it is extinguished! And the night becomes heavy! Sleep, my heart! You will not hear that voice again!

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TEXTS AND TRANSLATIONS Lobgesang Wie das Meer ist die Liebe: unerschöpflich, unergründlich, unermesslich:

Song of Praise Akin to the ocean is love, inexhaustible, unfathomable, unending

Woge zu Woge stürzend gehoben, woge zu Woge wachsend verschlungen, sturm- und wetter-gewaltig nun, sonneselig nun, willig nun dem Mond die unaufhaltsame Fläche.

Wave to wave, surging and falling, wave to wave, growing and sinking, now powered by storm and weather, now blessed by the sun, now by the moon the interminable expanse.

Doch in der Tiefe stetes Wirken ewige Ruhe, ungestört, unentwirrbar dem irdischen Blick, starr verdämmernd in gläsernes Dunkel und in der Weite stetes Schweben ewiger Regung, ungestillt unabsehbar dem irdischen Blick, mild verschwimmend im Licht der Lüfte:

Yet in the deep there is an eternal peace, undisturbed, inaccessible to terrestrial sight, motionless, condemned to glassy darkness. And hovering in the distance an eternal movement, untouched, inscrutable to terrestrial sight, gently blurred in the light of the sky;

Aufklang der Unendlichkeit An echo of infinity ist das Meer, ist die Liebe. Is the ocean, is love. —Richard Fedor Leopold Dehmel


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Nicolas Waldvogel conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and has taught conducting and music history at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music since 2001. He has guest-conducted the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and the State Philharmonic “Dinu Lipatti” (Romania). He was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Festival, where he studied with Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa, and John Nelson. He also assisted Horst Stein in a production of Wagner’s Der Ring der Nibelungen at the Deutsche Oper, in Berlin. Waldvogel has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Anonymous 4, and Alan Gilbert. His recent credits include a performance of Ives’s immense Fourth Symphony, Verdi’s La traviata, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, and the complete symphonies by Jean Sibelius. He also contributed to the “Symphony” article for Oxford Bibliographies Online. Waldvogel holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in music from Harvard University, a Master of Music degree in conducting and a graduate performance diploma in conducting from the Peabody Institute, and a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University. His primary conducting teacher was Frederik Prausnitz. Mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken Kelsey recently joined the voice faculty of the University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music. Internationally celebrated for her heartfelt and dynamic interpretations of Baroque opera, oratorio, and contemporary chamber music, she maintains an active career in an adventurous assortment of musical and artistic settings. Virginia is an original member of the Grammy Award– winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, an alternative-classical vocal band dedicated to reimagining the expressive potential of the human voice. Lauded by the New Yorker, NPR, and the New York Times, Virginia has been featured alongside Roomful of Teeth with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, BBC Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Virginia has worked alongside celebrated opera director Peter Sellars in numerous performances of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus, which she has performed in several countries spanning the globe. A lover of nonclassical and post-genre music, Virginia has also appeared alongside Questlove


ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

& The Roots, Holly Herndon, tUnE-YaRds, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble. Virginia was featured on Silk Road’s Sing Me Home, which won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. In her forays into earlier repertoire, Virginia is a company member of the Boston Early Music Festival Opera, with whom she has performed several roles in various recent productions. Her performance as La Conversation in Charpentier’s Les plaisirs de Versailles earned her a Grammy Award nomination as a headlining soloist in the Best Opera Performance Category in 2019. She has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Philharmonia Baroque. Profoundly dedicated to educating the next generation of vocal artists, Virginia has been engaged by dozens of institutions of higher learning, including MIT, Princeton University, Cornell University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and many more. Responsibilities for these engagements have included a combination of teaching masterclasses, private voice lessons and coaching, choral and small ensemble coaching, dramatic coaching, workshops on composition for voice, extended techniques, and more. Virginia received her Bachelor of Music degree in opera performance from the Manhattan School of Music and was awarded a master’s degree with honors in early music, oratorio, and chamber music from the Yale School of Music. The annual Mahler At Pacific program at University of the Pacific is a wonderful opportunity for talented high school musicians to play alongside the University Symphony Orchestra. High school students join our own students to rehearse and perform a Mahler symphony or other work under the baton of orchestra director Nicolas Waldvogel on Pacific’s beautiful campus. Pacific’s University Symphony Orchestra (USO) performs an inclusive range of contemporary and historically significant symphonic works, performs annually with Pacific’s Opera Theatre in fully staged productions and partners frequently with Pacific Singers in choral orchestral works. Pacific faculty, students, and guest artists perform with USO as concerto and aria soloists and as guest conductors. Pacific’s Conservatory faculty serve as coaches as USO prepares each concert cycle. Participation is open to all Pacific students by audition.


COMBINED ORCHESTRA Violins I Charlotte Han, concertmaster Ellie Aquino Maya Balachandran Isabel Cobb, University HS, Fresno Rowan Crass, Edison HS, Fresno Johannes Eberhart, Palos Verdes HS Ailon Goraly, Menlo Atherton HS, Menlo Park Lauren Huen Spencer Kogoma, California HS, San Ramon Eric Koh, Head-Royce School, Alameda Rafael Boris Marinas, Stockdale, HS, Bakersfield Kai Matera, Albany HS Liam Shaughnessy Marcella Stone-Fox Jenny Trexler, Clovis North HS, Fresno Violins II Emma Young, principal Caroline Burke-Baker Celine Chang, Foothill HS, Pleasanton Penelope Freeman, University HS, Fresno Alana Huff, Mount Carmel HS, San Diego Mabyn Lam, Albany HS Jamie Lue Isabelle Knittle Katie Koh, Head-Royce School, Alameda Christina Moon, Dublin HS Maisie Stollard Sophia Weber, University Preparatory HS, Woodlake Violas Samantha Tse, principal Emma Chang, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton Evelyn Cierra Gavin Downing Sophia Ho, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego Isabelle Hwang, Los Altos HS

Thomas Park, Lincoln HS, Stockton Xavion Torres, University HS, Fresno Kylie Trenhaile Cellos Hasina Torres, principal Jane Damon Frances Florentino Carmel Goraly, Menlo Atherton HS, Menlo Park Jordan Hendrickson Grace Ho, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego Daniel Hui Gabriel Irazabal, Prospect HS, San Jose Roy Kim, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton Bailey LaBrie Samuel Noricumbo, Redwood HS, Visalia Aaron Seo, Albany HS Nicholas Trobaugh Eason Xue, Amador Valley HS, Pleasanton Hanni Yu, Davis Senior HS Basses Noah Gonzales, principal Liam Chesser, Prospect HS, San Jose Joshua Gutierrez Tom Hsieh, Foothill HS, Pleasanton Julianna Meneses Miguel Velarde Flutes Sophia Ban, Henry M. Gunn HS, Palo Alto Phoenix Farris Natalie Kowalski Isabelle Ly, Aragon HS, San Mateo Gwendolyn Schneider, Del Mar HS, Campbell Piccolo Phoenix Farris


COMBINED ORCHESTRA Oboes Glenn Adcock Walker Austin, Floyd B. Buchanan HS, Clovis Alice Chao Kate Fallon, Ventura HS Ryan Hsu, Diamond Bar HS, Orange Apollo Parish Mitchell English Horn Apollo Parish Mitchell Clarinets Edgard Gonzales Adwithi Yarida, Mission San Jose HS, Fremont Hayley Yoon, Science Academy Stem Magnet, Los Angeles E-flat Clarinet Sophia Rechel

Jada Ramos Braydon Ross Skylar Warren Trumpets Ryan Abdelmalek Kevin Hee Alex Vastano, Mountain View HS, Los Altos Kylie Ward Trombones Giuseppe Amato, Tokay HS, Lodi Brooke Farrar Matthew Miramontes Seth Neves Atulya Prasad, Mission San Jose HS, Fremont Tuba Gordon Whitlow, Mira Costa HS, Manhattan Beach

Bass Clarinet Abigail Mller Bassoons Ealaph Tabbaa Jordan Wier Eliana Wise, Bullard HS, Fresno Contrabassoon Justin Silva Horns Atticus Chan, Lincoln HS, Stockton Olivia Gideon Edgar Leyva Don Parker

Timpani Mason Chesser, Prospect HS, San Jose Advik Nigam, Dougherty Valley HS, San Ramon Percussion Jonathan Herbers Mallory Norman Jonathan Latta* Harp Candace LiVolsi† Community member *Faculty †

PACIFIC FACULTY COACHES Bruce Chrisp: Trombones Brittany Trotter: Flutes Kyle Bruckmann: Oboes Jonathan Latta: Timpani and Percussion Patricia Shands: Clarinets Ann Miller: Violins Nicolasa Kuster: Bassoons Igor Veligan: Violas Leonard Ott: Trumpets Vicky Wang: Cellos Sadie Glass: Horns Thomas Derthick: Basses Jonathan Latta: Ensembles Program Director



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UPCOMING CONSERVATORY EVENTS Nov. 20 | 7:30 pm Student Recital Matthew Hui, piano Recital Hall

Nov. 28 | 7:30 pm Pacific Varied Ensembles Recital II Recital Hall

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Nov. 30 | 2:30 pm Pacific Percussion Ensemble Jonathan Latta, director Faye Spanos Concert Hall

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