Monday, November 24, 2014

John Rutter's Gloria

John Rutter's Gloria will be a featured selection at the Lincoln Choral Artists' "With One Step...Peace" Holiday Concert on December 21, 3pm at O'Donnell Auditorium.
Concert Info

This is a popular and well know work for Choir, Brass, Organ, and Percussion. 

LCA will be programing the selection throughout the concert. Each movement (I. Gloria, II. Domine Deus, II. Cum Sancto Spiritu) will conclude a section of the concert. 

Below is some more great information on Rutter's Gloria which was originally premiered here in Nebraska over 40 years ago. It's exuberant energy and joyous pop influenced rhythms and harmonies are a celebration of the holiday season and our desire to share the peace of the season with the Lincoln Community.

In 1974, John Rutter visited the United States at the invitation of choral musician Melvin (Mel) Olson and conducted the premiere of his cantata "Gloria" in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Witherspoon Hall of Joslyn Art Museum. The composition, commissioned by Olson's Voices of Mel Olson chorale, has become a much-performed favorite over the years.

"Gloria in excelsis Deo
(Latin for "Glory to God in the highest") is a hymn known also as the Greater Doxology and the Angelic Hymn.
The name is often abbreviated to Gloria in Excelsis or simply Gloria.
The hymn begins with the words that the angels sang when the birth of Christ was announced to shepherds in Luke 2:14. Other verses were added very early, forming the doxology. 
Rutter's music is eclectic, showing the influences of the French and English choral traditions of the early 20th century as well as of light music and American classic songwriting. Almost every choral anthem and hymn that he writes has a subsequent orchestral accompaniment in addition to the standard piano/organ accompaniment, using various different instrumentations such as strings only, strings and woodwinds or full orchestra with brass and percussion.
Despite composing and conducting much religious music, Rutter told 60 Minutes in 2003 that he was not a particularly religious man yet still deeply spiritual and inspired by the spirituality of sacred verses and prayers. The main topics considered in the 60 Minutes program, which was broadcast a week before Christmas 2003, were Rutter's popularity with choral groups in the United States, Britain and other parts of the world and his composition Mass of the Children, written after the sudden death of his son Christopher while a student at Clare College, Cambridge, where Rutter himself had studied.
In a 2009 interviewRutter discussed his understanding of 'genius' and its unique ability to transform lives – whether that genius is communicated in the form of music or other media. He likened the purity of music to that of mathematics and connected the two with a reference to the discovery made by the early Greeks that frequencies of harmonic pitches are related by whole-number ratios.

Below is the text and it's translation as it will be performed:

Glória in excélsis Deo
et in terra pax homínibus bonae voluntátis.
Laudámus te,
benedícimus te,
adorámus te,
glorificámus te,
grátias ágimus tibi propter magnam glóriam tuam,
Dómine Deus, Rex cæléstis,
Deus Pater omnípotens.
Dómine Fili Unigénite, Iesu Christe,
Dómine Deus, Agnus Dei, Fílius Patris,
qui tollis peccáta mundi, miserére nobis;
qui tollis peccáta mundi, súscipe deprecatiónem nostram.
Qui sedes ad déxteram Patris, miserére nobis.
Quóniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dóminus, tu solus Altíssimus,
Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spíritu: in glória Dei Patris. Amen.
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Monday, November 3, 2014

C. Richard Morris- Our Wonderful Accompanist

Everybody in Lincoln knows Dick Morris it seems. 
He is wonderful man, musician, and husband.
I have enjoyed so thoroughly working with him for the past couple of months. 
He is on my mind tonight so I thought I would give you a little of his history.

C. Richard Morris, Organist, Accompanist

C. Richard Morris, Organist
C. Richard (Dick) Morris, a native of Philadelphia, was a full-time church musician for more than 50 years and served a number of large churches throughout the United States. Between 1959 and 1972 he completed his B.M. Ed and M.M. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and served as Music Director at the Wesley Foundation on the UN-L campus, Church of the Holy Trinity Episcopal and First-Plymouth Congregational Church. In 1972 he began his work serving churches elsewhere. After retiring in 2006, he and his wife, Nancy, decided to return to her hometown, Lincoln. Dick has been an active member of the American Guild of Organists and Lincoln Organ Showcase. He is a substitute organist and choir director, has served on a number of boards in the community, has appeared frequently with Lincoln Choral Artists, and until recently was a staff accompanist at Nebraska Wesleyan University. For the past several years Dick has become a familiar face at Saint Paul as both a substitute organist and as a solo performer at two First Friday concerts. Dick and Nancy have one son, Rick, who lives with his wife, Melissa, in Seattle, Washington.
If you ever need someone to lift your spirit, Dick is the man. He loves Lincoln and beyond his own activities in music he supports the arts in Lincoln. Let's celebrate the joy he creates and gives away!