The AD HOC Singers

Louise Lee, Director

Dona Nobis Pacem

with guests
Karl Hempel, bass soloist
Douglas Wolters, cellist

7:30 p.m., Sunday, January 25, 2004
Calvary United Methodist Church
Arlington, Virginia, USA

In jejunio et fletu (2:59, 2.9 mb) Thomas Tallis (c. 1505-1585)
In jejunio et fletu orabant sacerdotes:
Parce Domine, parce populo tuo,
Et ne des hereditatem tuam in perditionem.
Inter vestibulum et altare plorabant sacerdotes dicentes:
Parce populo tuo.
The priests prayed with fasting and weeping:
Spare, O Lord, spare your people,
And do not give over your inheritance to destruction.
Between the altar and the courtyard, the priests wept, saying:
Spare your people.
Missa Brevis: Agnus Dei (4:01, 3.8 mb) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi:
Miserere nobis; dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world:
have mercy upon us; grant unto us peace.
Pange lingua gloriosa chant (0:38, 0.6 mb) text by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
for the Feast of Corpus Christi (1264)
Pange lingua gloriosi
Corporis mysterium,
Sanguinisque pretiosi,
Quem in mundi pretium
Fructus ventris generosi,
Rex effudit gentium.
Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
of His flesh the mystery sing;
of the Blood, all price exceeding,
shed by our immortal King,
destined, for the world's redemption,
from a noble womb to spring.
soloist: Karl Hempel
Missa Pange Lingua Josquin des Prez (c.1440-1521)
Kyrie (3:19, 3.2 mb)
Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Gloria (4:13, 4.0 mb)
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
Laudamus te, benedicimus te,
Adoramus te, glorificamus te.
Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.
Domine Deus, Rex coelestis,
Deus Pater omnipotens.
Domine Fili unigenite,
Jesu Christe.
Glory to God in the highest
And on earth peace to men of good will
We praise Thee, we bless Thee,
We adore Thee, we glorify Thee,
We give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King,
God the Father almighty.
Lord God, the only begotten Son,
Jesus Christ.
Sanctus (4:51, 4.6 mb)
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Osanna in excelsis.
Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord God of Hosts,
The heavens and the earth are full of thy glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Benedictus (3:21, 3.2 mb)
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Osanna in excelsis.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
Agnus Dei (6:18, 6.0 mb)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi:
Miserere nobis; dona nobis pacem.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world:
have mercy upon us; grant unto us peace.
Tu es Petrus (5:47, 5.5 mb) Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594)
Tu es Petrus,
et super hanc Petram aedificabo Ecclesiam meam,
et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam:
Et tibi dabo claves regni coelorum.
Quodcumque ligaveris super terram erit ligatum et in coelis;
Et quodcumque solveris super terram erit solutum et in coelis.
Et tibi dabo claves regni coelorum.
Thou art Peter,
and upon this Rock I will build my church;
The fates of Hell will not prevail against it.
And I will give thee the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
What thou forbidst on Earth shall be forbidden in Heaven;
And what is granted on Earth shall be granted also in Heaven.
And I will give thee the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei (6:58, 6.7 mb) Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)
Chorus: Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei!
Quam multi insurgunt contra me.
Quam multi dicunt de anima mea;
non est ulla salus isti in Deo plane.
Tenor solo: At tu, Jehova, clypeus es circa me;
gloria mea, et extollens caput meum.
Chorus: Voce mea ad Jehovam clamanti,
respondit mihi e monte sanctitatis suae maxime.
Ego cubui et dormivi, ego expergefeci me;
quia Jehova sustentat me.
Bass solo: Non timebo a myriadibus populi,
quas circumdisposuerint metatores contra me.
Surge, Jehova, fac salvum me Deus mi;
qui percussisti omnes inimicos meos maxilliam,
dentes improborum confregisti.
Chorus: Jehova est salus:
super populum tuum sit benedictio tua maxime.

Chorus: Jehovah, how many are my enemies,
how many rise up against me,
how many say of my soul:
Clearly there is no salvation for it in God.
Tenor solo: But thou, Jehovah, art a shield around me,
my glory and the lifter up of my head.
Chorus: With my voice crying to Jehovah,
he replied to me mightily from the mountain of his holiness.
I laid down and slept, I rose up again,
for Jehovah sustained me.
Bass solo: I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people,
whom surveyors have placed around against me.
Arise, Jehovah, help me, O my God;
for thou who smitest all mine enemies upon the cheek-bone,
thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Chorus: Jehovah is salvation:
may thy blessing be greatly upon thy people.
The text is an anonymous Latin version of Psalm 3.
Tenor soloist: Steve Cordle
Bass soloist: Karl Hempel
Psalm 121 (2:28, 2.3 mb) Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Solo: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.
Chorus: My help cometh even from the Lord, who hath made heav'n and earth.
Solo: He will not suffer they foot to be moved:
Chorus: and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord himself is thy keeper: He is thy defence upon thy right hand;
So that the sun shall not burn thee by day; neither the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in.
From this time forth and forever more.
Solo: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.
Baritone soloist: Tim Burr
Louange a l'Éternité de Jesus (9:29, 9.1 mb) Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
(From the Quartet for the End of Time)
Douglas Wolters, cello
Louise Lee, piano
Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun (5:02, 4.8 mb) Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
Fear no more the heat o' the sun, nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task had done, Home art gone, and ta'en thy wages:
Golden lads and girls all must, as chimneysweepers, come to dust.
Fear no more the frown o' the great; Thou art past the tyrant's stroke:
Care no more to clothe and eat; To thee the reed is as the oak:
The sceptre, learning, physic, must all follow this and come to dust.
Fear no more the lightning-flash, nor the all-dreaded thunderstone;
Fear not slander, censure rash; Thou hast finished joy and moan:
All lovers young, all lovers must consign to thee, and come to dust.
No exorciser harm thee! Nor no witchcraft charm thee!
Ghost unlaid forbear thee! Nothing ill come near thee!
Quiet consummation have;
And renowned be thy grave!
Karl Hempel, bass
Louise Lee, piano
In the Bleak Midwinter (3:42, 3.5 mb) Randolph Currie (b. 1943)
Text by Christina G. Rossetti (1830-1894)
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But his mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshiped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him: give my heart.
Sweet Was the Song (1:45, 1.7 mb)
(incomplete -- Disc full)
William Mathias (1934-1992), 1988
Words by William Ballet, 17th C
Chorus: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang,
When she to Bethlem Juda came
And was delivered of a son,
That blessed Jesus hath to name:
Lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Lulla, lulla, lullaby.

Solo: 'Sweet babe,' sang she, 'my son,
And eke a saviour born,
Who hast vouchsafed from on high
To visit us that were forlorn.'
(incomplete -- Disc full)
Chorus: Lulla, lulla, lullaby.
Solo: 'sweet babe,' sang she,
And rocked him sweetly on her knee.
Chorus: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang,
When she to Bethlem Juda came
And was delivered of a son,
That blessed Jesus hath to name:
Lulla, lulla, lullaby,
Lulla, lulla, lullaby.
Soprano solos: Julie Mack and Norma Meyer
My Spirit Sang All Day
(not recorded -- Disc full)
Gerald Finzi (1901-1956)
(June 27th recording (2:18, 2.2 mb))
My spirit sang all day, O my joy.
Nothing my tongue could say, Only My joy!
My heart an echo caught, O my joy, and spake,
Tell me thy thought, Hide not thy joy.
My eyes gan peer around, O my joy,
What beauty hast thou found?
Shew us thy joy.
My jealous ears grew whist;
O my joy, Music from heaven is't, Sent for our joy?
She also came and heard;
O my joy, What, said she, is this word?
What is thy joy?
And I replied, O see, O my joy,
Tis thee, I cried, tis thee; Thou art my joy.


Karl Hempel has sung as member and soloist of Gloriae Dei Cantores, a professional choir based on Cape Cod. He has toured 23 countries and has sung in 16 languages in such venues as St. Mark's in Venice; Conservatory Hall, Moscow; St. John Smith Square, London. He has studied voice at the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory and the Columbia Teachers College. Mr. Hempel, being a former Benedictine monk, also has training rooted in Gregorian chant. He is presently living in the Washington, DC area and is a member of the Men and Boys Choir of the National Cathedral.

Douglas Wolters performs in metropolitan Washington on modern and baroque cello as well as on viola da gamba, the related stringed instrument. The Washington Post has praised Mr. Wolters as "one of the finest continuo cellists in the area." In addition to serving as principal cellist of The Bach Sinfonia and the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Wolters also served as principal cellist with the Fairfax Symphony and collaborates in mixed media events with poets, dancers, and other artists. This season he presented a recital of viola da gamba music of the high baroque, with Tina Chancey and Webb Wiggins. Recently, as a member of the Cezanne Trio, he performed a series of concerts at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, focusing on new Czech music. Mr. Wolters has also appeared in recitals at Alice Tully Hall in New York, and in Washington at the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Mr. Wolters has recorded for Orion and Northeastern. A graduate of New England Conservatory, Mr. Wolters studied cello with Mihaly Virizlay and viola da gamba with Gian Lyman Silbiger. In addition to performing, he teaches stringed instruments in the Fairfax County, VA school system and maintains a private studio.

The AD HOC Singers
Louise Lee, Director
Soprano I Alto Bass
Alyn Beauchamp Jenny Bland Martin Bernstein
Hellen Gelband Laura Schneider Jim McElfish
Karen Lee Michael Niebling
Sang-Mi McHale Tenor David Westergaard
Nancy Mulenex Brent Chivers Jon Westergaard
Steve Cordle Peter Wolfe
Soprano II
Julie Mack Tenor II/Baritone
Norma Meyer Tim Burr
Jane Udelson

Louise Lee is a graduate of Smith College and Indiana University, where she received a Master of Music degree in organ performance, studying with Oswald Ragatz. Ms. Lee performs frequently as a piano accompanist. She is organist at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, and assistant organist at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom. Ms. Lee has directed the Ad Hoc Singers since she founded the group in 1975.

The Ad Hoc Singers, an amateur chamber chorus devoted to traditional choral literature from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries, has been in existence under the direction of Louise Lee since 1975. They perform regularly at churches and other locations throughout the area. Good sight readers interested in joining the group should call 703-538-2557 to set up an audition, or speak with Ms. Lee after the concert.

Thanks to Karen Lee for publicity, as well as the program with Alyn Beauchamp.

We'd like to heartily thank Calvary United Methodist Church for the use of their sanctuary and facilities for this concert.

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