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King David

Symphonic Psalm after a drama by

René Morax
composed by

arthur honegger
THE UNIVERSITY CHORUS

And CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Bruce Borton, conductor

Peter Browne, accompanist
assisted by

Amanda Chmela, soprano

Ashley Maynard, mezzo soprano

Daniel Ibeling, tenor

Andrew Walkling, narrator

Rose-Emma Lunderman



As the Witch of Endor
Saturday, April 17, 2010

8:00 p.m.

Osterhout Concert Theater

PROGRAM

King David Arthur Honegger

(1892-1955)


1. Introduction Orchestra

2. The Song of David, the shepherd Mezzo soprano

3. Fanfare and Entry of Goliath Orchesta

4. Song of Victory Chorus

5. March Orchestra

6. Psalm: In the Lord I Put my Faith Tenor

7. Psalm: O had I Wings Like a Dove Soprano

8. Song of the Prophets Men’s Chorus

9. Psalm: Pity me, Lord Tenor

10. Saul’s Camp Orchestra

11. Psalm: God the Lord Shall be my Light Chorus

12. Incantation of the Witch of Endor Speaker

13. March of the Philistines Orchestra

14. Lament of Gilboa Soli and Women’s Chorus

15. Song of the Daughters of Israel Soprano and Chorus

16. The Dance before the Ark Soli and Chorus

INTERMISSION
17. Song: Now my Voice in Song Up-soaring Chorus

18. Song of the Handmaid Mezzo soprano

19. Psalm of Penitence Chorus

20. Psalm: Behold in Evil I was Born Chorus

21. Psalm: Oh, Shall I Raise my Eyes? Tenor

22. The Song of Ephraim Soprano and Women’s Chorus

23. March of the Hebrews Orchestra

24. Psalm: Thee Will I Love, O Lord Chorus

25. Psalm: In my Distress Chorus

26. The Crowning of Solomon Orchestra

27. The Death of David Chorus and Soloists
This performance by special arrangement with

Boosey and Hawkes , Inc.

PROGRAM NOTES
In the early months of 1921, Swiss playwright Rene Morax was seeking a composer to write music for his newest production, an epic tale on the life of David the Old Testament shepherd, warrior, king, and “sinner”. This monumental production was intended to mark the reopening of Morax’s Theatre Jorat near Lausanne, which had been closed since the First World War. This open-air theater was located in view of Mt. Jorat. The stage was enclosed in a large wooden structure, around which the audience sat among flowering apple trees. Since its opening in 1903, it had been presenting summer productions of often-elaborate events including live animals and large casts of professional and amateur performers.

After approaching several other composers, Morax, on the recommendations of conductor Ernst Ansermet and composer Igor Stravinsky, finally engaged the young and unknown Arthur Honegger for the task. In a period of less than two months, Honegger produced a score for chorus, soloists, and a small ensemble of wind and percussion instruments recruited from one of the local town bands.

The first performance was a staged production in which the music served as drama, commentary, and background support for the action on stage. Elaborate scenery and costumes combined with live horses pulling chariots to create considerable realism. The music proved to be an immediate success and quickly established Honegger as a major composer. Very soon after the original production, Honegger adapted the original score into a concert version with spoken narration filling in the dramatic action between musical numbers. He also expanded the original instrumentation to full orchestra. Our performance today represents a hybrid of the two versions with spoken narration but employing the original “theater” orchestra.

--Bruce Borton


Synopsis
The Lord has grown angry with Saul, the king of Israel, who has disobeyed the commandments of God. Jehovah commands the prophet Samuel to find David, the shepherd of Bethlehem, and anoint him king. David does not immediately become king, but serves under Saul as long as he lives.

The Philistines and Israel are at war and the giant Goliath defies the army of Israel. No one dare meet him but David, who, with his sling puts the Philistine to death.

David takes Michal, the daughter of Saul, as his bride, but the people’s acclaim of David arouses the jealousy of the king who tries to kill him. Jonathan, the son of Saul, swears eternal friendship to David.

David flees from the wrath of Saul to the wilderness. He goes over to the Philistines, and in a new war, Saul becomes afraid of the hosts of the enemy. Saul seeks out the Witch of Endor who invokes the spirit of Samuel who foretells the doom of Saul and three of his sons, including Jonathan, David’s dearest friend.

With the death of Saul, David becomes king, and establishes Jerusalem as the new capitol. To solidify political and religious power in one place, he brings the Ark of the Covenent to Jerusalem. The people rejoice, and David dances before the Ark. The Angel tells David that one will be born of him who will rule the nations.

The Lord blesses David, but sin enters his heart, for David has taken Bathsheba to wife, and caused her husband to be killed. The anger of the Lord falls upon the child she bares, and Nathan is sent by the Lord to reproach the king and queen for their sin.

David repents, but further calamities befall his house. Absalom, his son, rises up against the father, who flees into the desert. David gathers an army about him, and Absalom is killed in the forest of Ephraim. The king weeps over the dead son, and returns to Jerusalem in solemn procession.

David offers thanksgiving to God, but his pride speaks out again, and God promises three future plagues. The story ends with David’s death and the crowning of his son Solomon as the new king.



--Herrold E. Hedley (The Choral Works of Arthur Honegger)
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
AMANDA CHMELA, originally from Lindenhurst, New York, is currently pursuing a Master’s in Opera Performance under the direction of Mary Burgess. She is also a member of the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Training Program. Roles with Tri-Cities include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ms. Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Page (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Page (Rigoletto). Upcoming performances include the role of Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), and as the soprano soloist in Honegger’s King David with the Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra. During the summer of 2009, she performed with the CRS Barn Studio as Edith (Pirates of Penzance) and with the Summer Savoyards as Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore). Ms. Chmela received her undergraduate degree in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia where she studied under Julie Newell. She performed the roles of Ann (A Little Night Music), the Sandman (Hansel and Gretel), and Mrs. Cratchit (A Christmas Carol), in addition to several scenes programs, a commencement eve concert, and performance trips to both Italy (2008) and Japan (2006).
ASHLEY MAYNARD, a native of Connecticut, is pursuing a Master of Music in Opera degree at Binghamton University and is a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera. She is a student of Professor Mary Burgess, and also works with Duane Skrabalak, Peter Sicilian, and Diane Richardson. Ms. Maynard graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Nyack College. She has performed with Nyack College Opera, singing the roles of Giovanna (Rigoletto), Mercedes (Carmen), Carmen (Carmen), and Mary Magdalene in the sacred opera I Am the Way by Jerome Hines. She has also sung the Cousin (Madama Butterfly) and First Alms Nun (Suor Angelica) with Opera Theater of Connecticut. With Tri-Cities Opera, Ms. Maynard has performed the roles of Giovanna (Rigoletto), Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Miss Todd (Old Maid and the Thief), and Siebel (Faust). In the spring of 2009, she was alto soloist in Haydn’s Theresienmesse with the Binghamton University Chamber Chorus and Orchestra. After graduation, Ms. Maynard plans to continue to sing with Tri-Cities Opera, and in December will be performing the roles of the Mother and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel.
DAN IBELING is from Roselle, Illinois, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Opera degree with Binghamton University under the direction of Profs. Skrabalak and Sicilian, and is also a member of the Tri-Cities Opera Resident Artist Training Program. Over the last two seasons, he has appeared as Borsa in Rigoletto, Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, and Spoletta in Tosca. Upcoming performances include the title role in Honegger’s King David with the Binghamton University Chorus and Orchestra, and Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi at TCO. Dan has also been an apprentice with the Des Metro Opera, and spent a summer in Graz, Austria studying at the American Institute of Musical Studies. Dan received his B.A. in Music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

ANDREW WALKLING is Dean's Assistant Professor of Early Modern Studies and teaches in the Departments of Art History, English, and Theatre. He is a scholar of seventeenth-century England, specializing in the music of Henry Purcell. He is also a baroque cellist and a singer, and is Director of the Binghamton Baroque Ensemble and a member of the Binghamton Vocal Consort. His most recent stage credit is as Theseus in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
ROSE-EMMA LUNDERMAN is a senior from Syracuse, NY, majoring in Philosophy, Politics, & Law with a Minor in Theatre. She was recently Henry V in the BU theatre department's mainstage production. Other mainstage credits include Three Penny Opera (Old Whore), House of Bernarda Alba (Magdelena), Fuddy Meers (Heidi), House of Yes (Lesly), Little Women (Jo), and Rabbit Hole (Becca). Rose-Emma would like to thank Bruce for this incredible opportunity, as well as Anne and all of her friends who've come to support her!

THE ORCHESTRA


FLUTE

Georgetta Maiolo

Melanie Adler
OBOE

Kathy Karlsen


CLARINET

Timothy Perry

Heather Worden

Kimberly Metaxas


BASSOON

Dan Bessel


TRUMPET

Dan Fein


Nicholas Polacco
HORN

Robert Muller


TROMBONE

Bill Marsiglia


HARMONIUM/CELESTE

Mark Rossnagel


PIANO

Peter Browne


PERCUSSION

Caleb DeGroote

Marc Silvagni



THE UNIVERSITY CHORUS

Bruce Borton, conductor

Peter Browne, accompanist

Soprano 1


Nicole Cameron

April Drumm

Lorrina Fuentes

Mary Gilda

MayBelle Golis

Julie Gregg

Margaret Hays

Connie Lamando

Susan MacLennan

Cathie Makowka

Mary Barb Martin

Marilyn Ross

Ligita Roznere

Christine Ryder

Siobhan Sculley

Barbara Thamasett

Faith Vis

Lorissa Witkowski


Soprano 2

Sarina Barrera

Ann Blair

Rachel Christian

Joanne Corey

Christina Cussen

Jennifer Easley

Elise Francisco

Barbara Herne

Sandy Kirchen

Rebecca Nebel

Sioux Petrow

Kelly Pueschel

Brenda Rood

Megan L. Roppolo

Dorothy Rota

Susan Sarzynski

Jennifer Walsh

Lois Wilston
Alto 1

Kristie Ambrosino

Carolyn E. Blake

Nanette Borton

Maria Luisa Cook

Michelle Doherty

Tahnee Fallis

Diane A. Ferraccioli

Sylvia Horowitz

Grace Houghton

Cheryl Jacobson

Claudia Kachmarik

Pat Labzentis

Yan Lin


Adina Lowry

Anna Nicholas

Joyce Printz

Constanze

Schönermark

Jane Shear

Danielle Sisson

Anni Smith

Archana Susarla

Susan Szczotka

Mary Woestman
Alto 2

Kathryn Baine

Phyllis S. Burr

Jeanne Fenzel

Rosemary Gillard

Elizabeth Holloway

Judy James

Ida Amelia Jones

Cheryl Labban

Marisa Levy

Lucy Loewenstein

Abba Mallette

Judie Meador

Ethel F. Molessa

Elizabeth Price

Shirley Rodgers

Grace Senia

Betty J. Zechman



Tenor

Barbara Barno

Martin Bidney

Kevin Doherty

H. B. King

Dennis Leipold

David W. Martin

Lindsay Lake Morgan

Justin Padilla

Brian Presser

Carlton Sackett Jr.

Lee Shepherd

Judson Wallis

Sherry Williamson


Bass 1

Eric Bare

Ronald Beauchamp

Michael Brenner

Nick DeFeo

Richard Dutko

Brian Frank

Matthew Francis

Charles Gawors

Frank Gerold

Michael Jabo, J.D.

Brian Koralewski

Tom Lamphere

Ken Morgan

Edward J. Orosz

N. David Pastor

Joshua Perry

Myron F. Shlatz

Zach Straus

Michael Turek



Bass 2

Cameron Cribbs

Emanuele Delucchi

Benjamin Elling

Mark Epstein

Adam Geier

David Hanson

Sean Marrin

Arlo H. Meeker

Joseph E. Nelson

Isaiah J. Rothstein

David L. Schriber*

Bob Sullivan
*The Voice of Samuel



The Binghamton University Chorus has been performing major works for chorus and orchestra since 1971. Its 125+ members include university students, faculty, staff, and a large and loyal group of community singers from throughout the Southern Tier and northern Pennsylvania. With representatives of all ages and singing experience, it is the most diverse of all of the ensembles at the University. Its repertoire has included virtually all the major choral works in the standard repertoire including the major works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Haydn, and a sizable number of twentieth and twenty-first century composers. They perform regularly with the Binghamton University Symphony and the Binghamton Philharmonic including recent performances of Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 under conductor José-Luis Novo.
Binghamton University Music Department’s

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Sunday, April 18th Junior Recital: Laura MacAvoy, soprano,

3:00 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Sunday, April 18th Senior Honors Recital: Stephen Kong, piano,

7:30 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Tuesday, April 20th String Fever: String Studio & Chamber Recital,

8:30 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Thursday, April 22nd Mid-Day Concert, 1:20 PM – FREE

Casadesus Recital Hall
Friday, April 23rd Junior Recital: Mengru Zeng, piano,

8:00 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Saturday, April 24th Master’s Recital: Robert Muller, French horn,

3:00 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Saturday, April 24th Master’s Recital: Julie Williams, soprano,

8:00 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Sunday, April 25th Wind Symphony, 3:00 PM – FREE

Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Sunday, April 25th Piano Extravaganza from the studio of

Michael Salmirs, 7:30 PM, Casadesus Recital Hall, FREE
Tuesday, April 27th Percussion Ensemble, 8:00 PM – FREE

Anderson Center Chamber Hall
Thursday, April 29th Mid-Day Concert, 1:20 PM – FREE

Casadesus Recital Hall
Thursday, April 29th Brass Studio Recital, 8:00 PM – FREE

Casadesus Recital Hall
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