The AD HOC Singers

at Goodwin House, Alexandria
Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
7:30 PM
with violinists Ed Kapusciarz and Judy Thompson
and cellist Linda Kapusciarz
Louise Lee, Director

Printed program converted .doc to .html

Introduction (0:22, 361 kb)
Program Notes (0:54, 868 kb)
Heaven and Earth Are Ringing (1:16, 1.2 mb)Giovanni Gastoldi (1550s?-1622?)
arr. Hal H. Hopson (1933-)
  Heaven and earth are ringing; join in the angel's singing.
    Sing noel for Christ is born. Come, sing noel for Christ is born.
  Shepherds are told the story, soon rush to see the glory;
    Look, the star is shining, Bethlehem town outlining, heaven and earth combining.
    Sing noel for Christ is born. Sing noel, sing noel.
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (1:38, 1.6 mb)Traditional Polish Carol
arr. Sir David Willcocks (1919-)
  Infant holy, Infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall;
    Oxen lowing, Little knowing Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
  Swift are winging Angels singing, Nowells ringing, Tidings bringing,
    Christ the Babe is Lord of all.
  Flocks were sleeping, Shepherds keeping Vigil till the morning new;
    Saw the glory, Heard the story, Tidings of a Gospel true.
  Thus rejoicing, Free from sorrow, Praises voicing, Greet the morrow,
    Christ the Babe was born for you!
Missa Brevis in G (Missa rotate coeli desuper)Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809)
Kyrie (0:51, 825 kb)
  Kyrie eleison.
  Christe eleison.
  Kyrie eleison.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Gloria (0:52, 847 kb)
  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.
Credo (1:56, 1.7 mb)
  Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem,
  factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.
  Et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum.
  Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula.
  Deum de Deo, lumen de lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero.
  Genitum, non factum, consubstantialem Patri:
  per quem omnia facta sunt.
  Qui propter nos homines, et propter nostram salutem
  descendit de coelis.
  Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine:
  et homo factus est.
  Crucifixus etiam pro nobis:
  sub Pontio Pilato passus, et sepultus est.
  Et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas.
  Et ascendit in coelum: sedet ad dexteram Patris.
  Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, judicare vivos et mortuos:
  cujus regni non erit finis.
  Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem:
  qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.
  Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur:
  qui locutus est per prophetas.
  Et unam, sanctam, Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam.
  Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum.
  Et exspectio resurrectionem mortuorum.
  Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages;
God of God, light of light, true God of true God;
begotten, not made; consubstantial with the Father,
by Whom all things were made.
Who for us men, and for our salvation,
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
He was crucified also for us,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried.
And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven. He sitteth at the right hand of the Father:
and He shall come again with glory, to judge the living and the dead:
and His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life,
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
Who, together with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified:
Who spoke by the prophets.
And one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the remission of sins.
And I expect the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Sanctus (0:44, 716 kb)
  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 (0:55, 895 kb)
  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 (1:23, 1.3 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.
Additional Missa Brevis Notes (1:18, 1.3 mb)
Away in a Manger (3:02, 2.9 mb)William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
Mack Wilberg (1955-)
  Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
   The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
  The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
   The little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay.
  The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
   But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
  I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky,
   And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
  Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
   Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
  Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
   And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.
Los Reyes siguen la estrella (1:43, 1.8 mb)Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)
  Los reyes siguen la estrella,
  la estrella sigue al Señor
  y el Señor de ellos y de ella,
  sigue y busca al pecador.
The Kings follow the star,
the star follows the Lord,
and the Lord of all
seeks the sinner.
  Teniendo de Dios noticia,
  buscan con divino celo,
  la estrella al sol de justicia,
  los Reyes al Rey del cielo.
With news of God
and divine zeal,
as the star to the sun of justice
they are guided to the King of the heavens.
  Guiados son de una estrella,
  la estrella de su Señor
  y el Señor de ellos y de ella,
  sigue y busca al pecador.
Al HaNisim (1:48, 1.7 mb)Traditional Chanukah Folksong
arr. Elliot Z. Levine
trans. Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
  Al hanisim v'al hapurkan
  v'al hag'vurot v'al hat'shuot,
  v'al hamilchamot she-asita la-avoteinu
  bayamim haheim bazman hazeh.
For all the miracles and for the deliverance,
and for the might acts, and for the acts of salvation
that You performed for our ancestors in those days,
at this time of year;
  Bimei Matityahu ben Yochanan
  kohein gadol chashmonai u-vanav,
  k'she-amda malchut yavan har'sha-a al amcha Yisrael
  l'hash-kicham toratecha
  ul-ha-aviram meichukei r'tzonecha.
  V'ata b'rachamecha harabim
  amad-ta lahem b'eit tzaratam.
in the days of Mattathias the son of Yochanan,
the High Priest, the Hasmonean and his sons,
when the Greek Empire sought to force your people Israel
to abandon Your Torah
and to deviate from Your chosen laws and parctices.
You in Your great mercy stood with them
in their hour of distress.
The Boar's Head Carol (2:28, 2.4 mb)Traditional English Carol
arr. Grant Cochran (1962-)
  The boar's head in hand bear I, Bedecked with bays and rosemary:
    And I pray you, my masters, be merry, Quot estis in convivio (As many as are in the feast).
    Caput apri defero Reddens laudes Domino. (The boar's head I offer Giving praises to the Lord.)
  The boar's head, as I understand, is the rarest dish in all this land,
    Which thus bedecked with a gay garland, Let us servire cantico (serve with a song).
    Caput apri defero Reddens laudes Domino.
  Our steward hath provided this, in honour of the King of bliss,
    Which on this day to be served is, In Reginensi atrio (In the Queen's hall).
    Caput apri defero Reddens laudes Domino.
Lullaby, my sweet little baby (5:15, 5.0 mb)William Byrd (1543-1623)
  Lulla-la, lulla lulla lullaby.
  My sweet little baby, what meanest thou to cry?
  Be still my blessed babe, though cause thou hast to mourn,
  Whose blood most innocent to shed the cruel king hath sworn,
  And lo, alas, behold, what slaughter he doth make,
  shedding the blood of infants all, sweet Saviour for thy sake.
  A King is born they say, which King this king would kill
  O woe, and woeful heavy day, when wretches have their will.
The Coventry Carol (3:14, 3.1 mb)Traditional 16th c. English Carol
arr. Victor C. Johnson
  Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, by, by, lully, lullay.
  O sisters, too, how may we do for to preserve this day,
    This poor Youngling for Whom we do sing by, by, lully, lullay.
  Herod the king, in his raging, charged he hath this day
    his men of might, in his own sight, all young children to slay.
  That woe is me, poor Child, for Thee! And ever mourn and say,
    For Thy parting, nor say nor sing by, by, lully, lullay.
  Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, by, by, lully, lullay.
Good King Wenceslas (2:41, 2.6 mb)tune from Piae Cantiones
arr. Reginald Jacques (1894-1969)
  Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
    When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
  Brightly shone the moon that night, tho' the frost was cruel,
    When a poor man came in sight, gath'ring winter fuel.
  "Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st it, telling,
    Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?"
  "Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain;
    Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes' fountain."
  "Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither:
    Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither."
  Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together;
    Through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather.
  "Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger;
    Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer."
  "Mark my footsteps, good my page. Tread thou in them boldly
    Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly."
  In his master's steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
    Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed.
  Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
    Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.
Tollite Hostias (1:53, 1.8 mb)
Psalm 95 (96): 9-13, from A Christmas Oratorio
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
  Tollite hostias,
  et adorate Dominum in atrio sancto ejus.
  Laetentur coeli,
  et exultet terra a facie Domini,
  quoniam venit. Alleluia.
Bring offerings
and worship the Lord in his holy habitation.
Let the heavens rejoice
and the earth exult in the presence of the Lord,
for he comes. Hallelujah.
Abendlied zu Gott (5:46, 5.5 mb)
Evening Song to God
Franz Josef Haydn
  Herr, der du mir das Leben
  bis diesen Tag gegeben,
  dich bet ich kindlich an!
  Ich bin viel zu geringe
  der Treue, die ich singe,
  und die du heut an mir getan.

Lord, who has given me life
up to this day,
I pray to you as a child.
I am much too insignificant
for the loyalty you have shown me
today and whose praises I sing.

The AD HOC Singers
Louise Lee, Director
Hellen Gelband 
Nancy Kolinski
Karen Lee
Julie Mack
Norma Meyer
Margaret Smith
 Louise Bedichek 
Jenny Bland
(Susan Lesser)
Laura Schneider
Mary Wadleigh

Tim Burr
 Brent Chivers 
Joe Kolinski

 Martin Bernstein
Jim McElfish
Maurice Singer
Jon Westergaard
Peter Wolfe

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. 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.

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