Tapestry Singers June 2022

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FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH TAPESTRY SINGERS Featuring Abbey Hutchins, Soprano

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 4:00 p.m. St. Patrick’s Church, Newcastle



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Music Director Beth Preston holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Brigham Young University and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from University of Southern Maine. In her role as Music Director for Tapestry Singers she has become known for championing the works of living composers. She was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Brunswick-based Vox Nova Chamber Choir. She currently sings in its newer iteration, Una Voce Chamber Choir. She was a member of the chorus of Opera Maine in productions of La Bohème, Lucia di Lammermoor, Faust, Roméo et Juliette and part of a small women’s choir that performed with Midcoast Symphony Orchestra for Debussy’s “Nuages” and Holst’s The Planets. She was awarded “Distinguished Choral Director of the Year 2010” from Maine’s American Choral Director’s Association and “Music Educator of the Year 2013” from Maine Music Educators District 3, and “Maine Music Educator of the Year 2019.” She is actively involved with the Maine Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is also a member of the VoiceCare Network and the National Association for Music Education. In June, 2019 Ms. Preston retired from a thirty-seven-year career in the public schools where she conducted award-winning choirs and directed musical theater productions of the highest caliber. She teaches privately, coaching singers who win awards, scholarships, and acceptance into prestigious postsecondary programs.

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Director’s Notes Thank you for attending the concert and thank you for joining us as we continue to “mask up.” It’s not where we wanted to be at this point, but we’re happy to take any precaution that keeps our singers safer. The concert was programmed with the thought that the rehearsal schedule might be affected or cancelled by illness in the ranks. Alas, there’s been both! But here we are, happy to be with you and share some time in song. The selections on today’s program celebrate the wonder of the world around us. One of our choir members reminded me of John Rutter’s arrangement of “For the Beauty of the Earth,” so I decided to revisit it. The piece was published in 1980 and was one of those tunes that everyone was performing when I was just beginning my career as a choral director. classicfm.com describes Rutter as “one of the most successful of all living composers. His rare melodic gift and captivating harmonic air have combined in a series of unforgettable choral gems that have touched the hearts of millions around the globe.” We hope it touches yours. We’re so pleased to have Abbey Hutchins join us this evening. I met Abbey when she was in elementary school. Even then, she was a natural born singer, actor and musician. I was happy to be her voice teacher for a number of years as she moved from musical theater repertoire to classical music. Her father, Marcus, explains it this way. “When Abbey was in the second grade, she picked up her older brother’s bugle and produced a perfect sound. I immediately bought her a trumpet and began teaching her to read music and play the trumpet. By the time she was in the fourth grade, she was playing with the Boothbay Region Community Band. When Abbey was in seventh grade, at Beth Preston’s suggestion, we took her to Lincoln Theater to see a live in HD Met broadcast of Madame Butter y. Needless to say, Abbey was by far the youngest in attendance. At the end of the four-hour opera, I asked Abbey if she would like to attend another one of these, expecting her to politely demur. Instead, with eyes glowing she said, ‘YES! When is the next one?’”

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After a hiatus from performing, Abbey is delighted to be singing once again with Beth Preston and The Tapestry Singers. Previously Abbey performed in numerous Heartwood Theater productions as well as choir and solo concerts throughout Maine. She appeared as a featured soloist with the St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, the Sheepscot Valley Chorus, and the Tapestry Singers. She is a past recipient of the Muriel Havenstein Scholarship, the Sheepscot Valley Music Award and the Tapestry Singers Scholarship. Abbey has been a multiple winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition, a nalist in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition at the Washington National Opera Institute, and took rst place in the 2014 Maine's Got Talent contest. She was accepted to Brigham Young University on a merit scholarship as a Vocal Performance major and sang the role of Hansel in the school’s production of Hansel and Gretel. Abbey currently studies with Darrell Babidge of The Juilliard School and lives in Portland with her husband and young son.

Alice Mary Skiff—Tapestry Singers Student Award Alice Mary Skiff is the daughter of Linda Skiff of Newcastle and James Skiff of Newcastle. She attended Great Salt Bay Community School and Lincoln Academy. She has participated in theater and dance productions and has always been a member of the school chorus. She will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington to study special education. She loves spending time with her friends and her faithful dog Rocky. She has been a member of the Lincoln Academy Choral Program for all 4 years of high school. “She shows up every day ready to learn and is a shining example of what a member of the choir should be. Her musicianship and work ethic both in the rehearsal room or from home during remote learning are remarkable and she is always striving to improve and challenge herself. We will miss Alice’s warm smile and friendly demeanor and look forward to see how she continues to celebrate the joy of music in future endeavors,” said Emily Anderson, Lincoln Academy Choral Director.

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Accompanist Sean Fleming performs regularly with Bowdoin Chorus, Down East Singers, Lincoln Academy Lincolnaires, Lincoln Festival Chorus, Maine Friends of Music, Midcoast Community Chorus, St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, Sheepscot Valley Chorus, and Tapestry Singers. He serves as the music director of the Hearts Ever Young Chorus in Damariscotta. He has worked with Ann Arbor Camerata, Bowdoin Chamber Choir, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Chorus, Coastal Chorale, Colby College Chorale, Maine Pro Musica, Oratorio Chorale, Portland Early Music Festival, Renaissance Voices, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Southern Maine Chorale, University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers, and Vox Nova Chamber Choir. He has music directed and accompanied over seventy- ve musicals, with organizations such Camden Civic Theater, Heartwood Regional Theater Company, Lincoln Theater, Lyric Music Theater, State Theater of Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Waldo Theater, and Watts Hall Community Players. Sean studied organ and piano with Ray Cornils, John Doney, Michael Lindsey, and Gerald McGee. For the past twenty-seven years he has served as the organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle. He is the recipient of a 2009 St. Botolph Club Foundation grant award for his achievements in music.

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Program Audience is kindly requested to turn off cell phones. There will be no intermission. For the Beauty of the Earth

Arr. John Rutter (b. 1945)

The Pasture

Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)

The River

Ruth Watson Henderson (b. 1932)

La Lluvia (The Rain)

Stephen Hat eld (b. 1956)

Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

Joseph Shabalala (1940-2020)

Moonlight Sound Design

Raimonds Tiguls (b. 1972)

Violet Holbrook, soprano with Marybeth McCaffrey and Megan Steele, echo sopranos Goodnight Moon

Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Abbey Hutchins, soprano

Unclouded Day

Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

Only in Sleep

riks Ešenvalds (1977) Abbey Hutchins, soprano

What a Wonderful World

Arr. René Clausen (b. 1953)

Abbey Hutchins, soprano For the Beauty of the Earth

F.S. Pierpoint (1835-1917)

Audience Sing-Along Conrad Koch’s Tune “Dix”

Arr. Sean Fleming

Instrumentalists Carol Preston, Violin Julia O’Brien-Merrill, Violin Jeanie Wester, Viola April Reed-Cox, Cello Nan White, Flute Kristen Fox, Oboe Glen Sargent, Clarinet Carolyn Kanicki, Horn Quinn Gormley, Mallets and Percussion

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Poetry The Pasture, Robert Frost I'm going out to clean the pasture spring; I'll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may): I sha'n't be gone long.—You come too. I'm going out to fetch the little calf That's standing by the mother. It's so young, It totters when she licks it with her tongue. I sha'n't be gone long.—You come too.

Only in Sleep, Sara Teasdale Only in sleep I see their faces Children I played with when I was a child Louise comes back with her brown hair braided Annie with ringlets warm and wild Only in sleep Time is forgotten— What may have come to them, who can know? Yet we played last night as long ago And the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces I met their eyes and found them mild— Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder And for them am I too a child?

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Poetry (Continued) The River, Winston Harrison There is a river that runs so calm, A river that sings a new psalm, A psalm of peace and rest. Within its waters we are blessed. Come to these waters, let your need be known. See the hurt around you; you are not alone. Come to its waters; receive its balm. Here at its banks there’s no sunset or dawn; Only the Light, darkness is gone. Time stands still; it is God’s will. Come to the river; leave your burden and care, For truly the Spirit is there. Come! Sing about its peace and rest. Let your voice soar to the mountain crest. Come! Bathe in its waters pure. Open your heart to the Spirit; Let your soul feel secure.

Moonlight Sound Design, Raimonds Tiguls In the moonlight, time stands still. The present melts into the past, and my spirit communes with souls that have passed before me. I can never explain, can never tell you. No! In the night, it smells of morning. And in the silence, owers and birds herald the light. Tears in my eyes, like dewdrops on owers that, with the light, will disappear, having been lost in darkness. I can never explain, can never tell you. No!

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Audience Sing-Along—For the Beauty of the Earth

In 1864, Folliot Sandford Pierpoint had written eight stanzas as a hymn for the Eucharist with a refrain addressing "Christ, our God.” The poet wrote about his experience of feeling blessed some days when he looked at the countryside near Bath, England, re ecting the beauty of the earth, of "each hour of the day and of the night,” and of "the joy of human love.” The hymn was combined in hymnals with the hymn tune “Dix,” composed by Conrad Koch. It was rst used as a communion hymn, but soon became a favorite for the Thanksgiving season. In 1978, John Rutter, as others before him, changed the refrain to addressing "Lord of all,” giving it a more general meaning of thanks and praise. He dedicated the composition to Rosemary Hef ey and the Texas Choral Directors Association. Hef ey was a choral conductor and music pedagogue in the 1970’s and became the association's director.

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