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Director’s Notes The Tapestry Singers are excited to reconnect as a group and with their audience! It's been a long time since community choirs have been able to sing together inside and in person. What better way to rejoin the world of song than with a good, old-fashioned Christmas concert with audience sing-along songs? We are very happy to have nine new members and a number of returning singers. The group includes members from high-school age through 80-somethings. The singers have a range of musical training, but everyone it is expected that everyone will practice on their own and then rehearse hard for two hours on Monday nights. The pieces for this concert were selected with the thought that the rehearsal schedule might have to be modi ed due to CDC cautions or restrictions. The December concert borrows its title, "Ring Those Christmas Bells,” from the peppy tune recorded back in 1959 by Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians. Though it feels a little “cheezy”, it features some dif cult close harmonies and a dazzling piano four-hand part. First recorded in1954 in its original choral arrangement, “Caroling, Caroling” found its way into the mainstream with recordings by Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and Perry Como. The Alfred Burt Carol collection is of musical Christmas cards that were shared, one each year by the patriarchs of the Burt family. “Ding! Dong! Merrily On High” is delightfully arranged by Mack Wilberg, director of the world-famous Tabernacle Choir. The tune rst appeared in the 1500s as a dance tune known under the title “Branle de l’Of cial." It was rst published as a carol in 1924 with lyrics by George Ratcliffe Woodward which combine both English and Latin. Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in
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Director’s Notes (Continued) New York City. “Evening Prayer” incorporates solo improv passages for the tenor sax and accompanying improvisation for the piano. Programming this piece depends on having the right soloists. Happily, we have Liz Matta and Sean Fleming. Thank you so much for joining us at St. Patrick’s! Your adherence to our Covid guidelines is much appreciated. Though singing with a mask on is not optimal in a performance situation, our singers are happy to protect you and each other just to be able to get on stage again. Traditionally, the choir would end the concert by surrounding the audience and singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.” We will keep our distance from you this evening, but hope you might sing along if the mood moves you to do so.
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Guest Artist 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 75 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 27 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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Remembering Sandy Falconer (1939-2021)
Tapestry Singers dedicates these holiday concerts, with deep gratitude, to the fond memory of Sandy Falconer, who directed the group for eight years, 2006-14. “Sandy grew up in a household steeped in music, and music was the great passion of his life.” (Obituary, Lincoln County News) It was clear to the group from day one that this skilled pediatrician and emergency room doctor loved not only music, but people. He directed, played in, and sang for a number of other groups in his lifetime. Tapestry is deeply thankful for the time he and his wife Judy spent with us. Singer Franklin Holland wrote: “Ten years ago, after many years of singing, I joined yet another chorus and found myself in the back row next to another bass whose name was Sandy Falconer. We hit it off right away and he suggested that I might come to the Christmas concert of a local group which he conducted. I did and I knew before it was over that I wanted to sing with Tapestry and for Sandy.” Jaja Martin, another singer, wrote: “Sandy was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. He was generous in sharing his musical talents, positive attitude and encouragement when a piece was dif cult, or not going well. He will be missed tremendously.” Louise Belknap, who sang with Tapestry for many years, summed it up perfectly: “Thank you, Sandy, for many fun Monday nights. Your love of music and of life was inspirational.” Beth Preston: “Sandy was immersed in choral music before he and Judy moved to South Bristol. He brought his talents and vigor to rehearsals, both as a conductor and as a performer. We are so happy to dedicate this concert to his memory.”
Program Audience is kindly requested to turn off cell phones and hold applause until the end. There will be no intermission.
Alfred Burt (1920-1954)
Ding Dong, Merrily On High
Arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
Ring Those Christmas Bells
Arr. Ryan Murphy (b. 1971)
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
riks E envalds (b. 1977)
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas Memories
Arr. John Rutter (b. 1945) Michael McGlynn (b. 1964) Solo, Harrison Pierpan
Carols of Christmas (audience sing-along) O Come All Ye Faithful Hark, the Herald Angels Sing Away in a Manger (choir, no audience) Solo, Kayla Cruz Joy to the World
Arr. Linda Scholes (b. 1956)
Arr. Mack Wilberg
Christmas Bells Arr. John Gorka (b. 1958) Solo, Joe Lugosch Guitar, Dave Martin I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day 1975)
Arr. Heather Sorenson (b.
Dona Nobis Pacem (audience sing-along) Silent Night, Holy Night
Arr. Anne McGinty (b. 1945)
Arr. Mark Hayes (b. 1953)
Liz Matta, saxophone and clarinet John Mulcahey, piano Quinn Gormley, bells and auxiliary percussion Dave Martin, guitar Elizabeth Davis, poetry readings
Audience Sing-Along O Come, All Ye Faithful O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem O come and behold Him, born the King of Angels O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Hark! The Herald Angels Sing “Glory to the newborn King” Peace on earth, and mercy mild god and sinners reconciled. Joyful, all ye nations, rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With th' angelic host proclaim Christ is born in Bethlehem Hark, the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.” Joy to the World Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let ev’ry heart prepare him room and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.
No more let sins and sorrows grow nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings ow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ, while elds and oods, rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.
Dona Nobis Pacem Sing line 1 in unison with us, then sing any line you wish four more times.
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And I know that I Am honored to be Witness Of so much majesty
Alone in the night On a dark hill With pines around me Spicy and still
Evening Prayer, St Augustine Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
And a heaven full of stars Over my head White and topaz And misty red; Myriads with beating Hearts of re The aeons Cannot vex or tire;
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your af icted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
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