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 How Can We Keep

From Singing?

25 Years of Singing Together

1989 – 2014

First Parish Choir


Debra Morris-Bennett, Music Director

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History of First Parish Music Sundays

1989 to 2014

Spring 1989 No Music Sunday – Interim Period

Fall 1989 Christmas Oratorio – Camille Saint-Saens

Spring 1990 Requiem John Rutter (1st performance)

Fall 1990 Winter Solstice Celebration – Revels
  Boar’s Head Carol
  Jesus Child – John Rutter
  Please To See the King –
      Trio: Cilla Reising, Helen Russell, Jim Bucknam
  Mary’s Lullaby – John Rutter
  I Will Bow and Be Simple – Shaker tune

Spring 1991 Songs of Nature Antonin Dvořák

Fall 1991 Winter Solstice Celebration – Revels
A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten
      – with Mary Jane Rupert, Harp

Spring 1992 RequiemGabriel Faure
  2 performances sung jointly with choir of
  Sudbury United Methodist Church

Fall 1992 Winter Solstice Celebration – Revels
  Sing We Noel – 16th c. French
  The Boar’s Head Carol
  I Saw Three Ships – arr. John Rutter
  Brightest and Best – Appalachian Hymn
      Trio: Jean Pendleton, Fritz Fleischmann, Elton Pope-Lance
  Torches – Trad. Spanish carol

Spring 1993 Wedding CantataDaniel Pinkham
Fall 1993 Winter Solstice Celebration – Revels
  Joy Be Yours in the Morning – D. Wagner
  The Cherry Tree Carol – Kentucky Mountain Ballad
  Mary Had a Baby – Trad. American spiritual
    soloist: Gail Hardenbergh with Tom Kruskal, guitar
  What Wondrous Love –Southern Harmony, 1835
    soloist: Gail Hardenbergh

Spring 1994 Mass in G – Franz Schubert
soloists: Cilla Reising, Marge Langmuir,
Jim Bucknam and Ted Jones

Fall 1994 Winter Solstice Celebration – Revels
with Mummers Play “The Sun of Winter”written by Fritz Fleischmann
  Native American Chant
  Now I Walk in Beauty – Navajo Prayer
  Procession from Ceremony of Carols – Britten
  Haleluyan – trad. Creek Indian – solo: Jim Bucknam
  Huron Indian Carol – solo: Jean Pendleton
  Hodie nobis coelorum Rex – Giovanni Nanino
  Hosanna from Missa Pange lingue – Josquin des Prez
  Christe, Redemptor Omnium – Claudio Monteverdi
  O Magnum Mysterium – Tomas Luis de Victoria
      Quartet: Cilla, Marge, Celia, Ted

Note: this was all performed with the absence of Debra Morris-Bennett who was ill with pneumonia! Bravo Choir!

Fall 2004 Frostiana – Randall Thompson
The Road Not Taken
  The Pasture
  Come In
  Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  Choose Something Like a Star

Spring 2005 Lux Aeterna – Morten Lauridsen
  with Noriko Yasuda, piano

Fall 2005 Evening Into Night
  Welcome Evening – Mark Gresham
  Vesper Bells Ring from Songs of Nature, Op. 63 – Dvořák
  O Boundless, Boundless Evening Op. 45, No. 3 -Barber
  In Stiller Nacht – Johannes Brahms
  Abendlied – Felix Mendelssohn
  A Lark Sang – Hubert Bird
  Die Nacht, Op. 17., No. 4 – Franz
  All Through The Night – Welsh Lullaby
  Sure On This Shining Night – Morten Lauridsen

Spring 2006 Acquaintance With Nature – Gwyneth Walker
  with Elton Pope-Lance as Thoreau
  and Gwyneth Walker – composer as guest

Fall 2006 Gather At The River – a Celebration of Water
  Relfets dans l’eau from Images Book I – Claude Debussy Kathryn Rosenbach, piano
  Gather At The River – Ted Jones & Terry Lockhart
  I Brought My Spirit To The Sea – Alec Wynton
  Etude XI – pour les Arpeges composes – Claude Debussy Kathryn Rosenbach, piano

  At the River – Hymn–tune, arr. by Aaron Copland, 1964
  Hamabe No Uta (Song of the Seashore) – women
  Kokei Hayashi – poetry, Tamezo Narita – music
  To be sung of a summer night on the water – Frederick Delius, Spring 1917
  Wade in the Water – Trad. Spiritual, arr. by Steven Porter
Maya Hinrichs-Bloom, soprano soloist
  Deep River – men – Spiritual, arr. by H.T. Burleigh
  Ol’ Man River from Showboat – Oscar Hammerstein & Jerome Kern Graham Taylor – bass soloist
  Peace Like A River – Trad. Spiritual, arr. by Gwyneth Walker, 1995
  Alleluia for the Waters – Daniel Pinkham
  Hymn – Shall We Gather- Robert Lowry from Happy Voices 1865

Spring 2007 Missa Gaia
  by Paul Winter, Jim Scott, Paul Halley,
  Oscar Castro-Neves and Kim Oler
  an ecological and ecumenical Mass in celebration of Mother Earth
  with Jim Scott and Maya Hinrichs-Bloom, soprano soloist
  Jazz Ensemble including Stan Strickland, saxophone

Fall 2007 A Celtic Harvest
  with Áine Minogue, celtic harp and Tom Hill, clarinet
  Spered Holvedal – Áine Minogue, harp, Tom Hill, clarinet
  Deus Meus – Trad., arr. Áine Minogue,
  Ted Jones & Áine Minogue – Gaelic,
  Caoineadh na dTri Muire (Lament of the Three Marys) – Trad.
  Believe Me- Trad. Irish – Áine Minogue & Tom Hill
  Suo Gan – Trad. Welsh, arr. Áine Minogue –
  Cilla Reising & Áine Minogue – Gaelic – Tom Kruskal, concertina
  O Land of Love Londonderry Air, arr. Alice Parker

Spring 2008 Gospel Music – “How I Got Over”
  With Maddie Sifantus, TVS and Jazz Ensemble
  with Hunter Bennett-jazz organ
  Sing Through My Voice trad.
  I Wish I Knew How
  Free at Last
  Wade in the Water – Terry Lockhart, solo
  Balm in Gilead – TVS
  Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray
  Down by the Riverside
  How I Got Over
  You’ve Got to Move

Fall 2008 Beatitude Mass for the Homeless by Henry Mollicone
  Chamber Ensemble: piano, flute, clarinet, French horn, cello, bass, and percussion
  With Jessica Hilliard, soprano and Terry Lockhart, bass soloists

Spring 2009 Holocaust Cantata – Songs from the Camps – Donald McCullough
  With Sarah Freiberg, cello & Kathryn Rosenbach, piano
Jim Bucknam, baritone soloist
Cilla Reising & Celia Hinrichs, soprano soloists

Fall 2009 Rest in the Grace of the World
  With Noriko Yasuda, piano and Kristin Fleischmann-Rose, oboe
  Playing Fauré, Debussy and Marcello
  The 23rd Psalm – Bobby McFerrin
  Ode to Contentment – Trad, Shaker
  Sure on this Shining Night – Morten Lauridsen
  Serenity Prayer – Betty Wylder
  The 23rd Psalm from Requiem – John Rutter
Kristin Fleischmann-Rose, oboe
  The Peace of Wild Things – Jean Szymko

Spring 2010 Standing at the Gate of Hope
  With Noriko Yasuda, piano and Hunter Bennett, clarinet
  Playing Brahms, Schumann and Poulenc
  Always Something Sings – Linda Spevacek
  Hope – Christopher Matthews
  Faith is the Bird That Feels the Light – Elizabeth Alexander
  I Believe in the Sun – Jonathan Adams
  The Shower – Edward Elgar
  Things That Never Die – Lee Dengler
  Life is Not a Garden – Elizabeth Alexander

Fall 2010 A Renaissance Reflection
  With The Solstice Sackbuts
  Never Weather-beaten Saile by Thomas Campion
  The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons
  Take Time While Time Doth Last by John Farmer
  Our hasty life away doth post by Thomas Tomkins
  Weep, O Mine Eyes by John Bennet
  Sicut cervus by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  Cantate Domino by Hans Leo Hassler

Spring 2011 Spring Revival – Gospel Music Service
  With Maddie Sifantus, TVS and Guest Musicians including
  Hunter Bennett on Hammond B3 organ
  Hallelujah Rev. Katie Lee Crane and TVS
  We Are Free Contemporary South African arr. Nick Page
  Quodlibet: African American Spirituals   arr. Ysaye Barnwell
  Roll Jordan Roll
  Swing Low Sweet Chariot
  Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
  Great Day
  Are You Ready? – Mark Hill, Peter Mark Devereux & Craig Ashley David
Soloist – Sally Sweitzer
  There Has To Be A Song – Andrea Ramsey
  Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield Soloists – Maddie Sifantus, Terry Lockhart, Dave Allen
  My Time Ain’t Longtraditional African American spiritual Soloist – Suzanne Boucher
  Hand It Over Kevin Moore Soloist – Ed Sheer

Fall 2011 Songs of Faith and Doubt
  The Music of Elizabeth Alexander
  With Noriko Yasuda, piano
  Do Not Leave Your Cares at The Door
  Blessed Be the Flower That Triumphs At Last
  Faith is the Bird That Feels the Light – Women of FP Choir
  The Gospel Isn’t Written in the Bible Alone –
  Terry Lockhart, soloist
  Cherish Your Doubt Maya Bloom, soloist and Choir
  Where There Is Light In The Soul
  Oath Taking – Maya Bloom, soloist
  If You Can Walk You Can Dance – Men of FP Choir
  Choral Postlude: Into The Silent Darkness –
  FP Choir with Fiora Elbers-Tibbitts, violin

Spring 2012 Requiem Gabriel Faure
  With Chamber Orchestra and Jorgelina Zeoli, organ
  And Deborah Feld-Fabisiewicz, harp
  Soloists: Maya Bloom and Terry Lockhart

Fall 2012 Celebrations of Hope (Holiday Music)
  With Noriko Yasuda, piano and Felice Pomeranz, harp
  Channukuh Prayer for Children (Maoz Tzur )- Ryan Brechmacher and Ian Pomerantz
  ikh bin a kleyner dreydl – Mikhl Gelbert
  Mirabile Dictu   Carol A. Duffy and Sasha J. Manning
  Behold The Dark and Bitter Night – Thomas Fielding with Felice Pomeranz, harp
  Winds through the olive trees trad. Gascon carol
  Mary Sat A-Rockin’ – Greg Gilpin
with Terry Lockhart, soloist
  Angels’ Carol   John Rutter
with Felice Pomeranz, harp
  When the Song of the Angels is Stilled

Spring 2013 The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
PRELUDE Walk Your Way to Heaven Southern Rail and Guests
  Jim Muller, words and music
OFFERING Glory Train Southern Rail and Guests
  The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
  By Carol Barnett, composer and Marisha Chamberlain, librettist
  Ballad Refrain – Maya Bloom, soloist
  Ballad, First Verse
  Ballad, Second Verse and Refrain
  Credo – Rob Kinslow, soloist
  Ballad, Third and Fourth Verses and Refrain
Maya Bloom and Jim Bucknam, soloists
  Agnus Dei
  Interlude: “Art Thou Weary?”
  Benediction – Maya Bloom, Celia Hinrichs and Saul Bloom –trio
POSTLUDE By The Side of the Road R. Reed
Swing Low Sweet Chariot Trad.
Southern Rail and Guests

Fall 2013 The Great Trees
  The Music of Gwyneth Walker
  With Noriko Yasuda, piano and Hunter Bennett, clarinet
  playing works of Gwyneth Walker in addition to The Great Trees:
  Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Semplice for Piano
Quiet Wonder
The Great Trees
  The Peace of Wild Things – Choir,
Maya Bloom and Terry Lockhart, soloists
  The Silence
  The Dark Around Us
  The Steps of the City – Maya Bloom, soloist
  The Timbered Choir
Note: this service also included visual artworks contributed by First Parish artists in a variety of mediums

Spring 2014 Celebrating 25 Years of Song and Worship (1989 – 2014)
PRELUDE Suite No. 1 for Cello (BWV 1007) – J.S. Bach
  Prelude and Courante Emily Taubl, cello
  Choral Offerings from the past 25 years:
  Melodies Steal Into My Heart from Songs of Nature, Op. 63 – Harold Heiberg, English words – Antonin Dvořák, music
The Road Not Taken from Frostiana Robert Frost, words – Randall Thompson, music
Ching-a-Ring Chaw (Minstrel Song) from Old American Songs – Aaron Copland, words and music
The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23) from RequiemJohn Rutter, Tim Feil, oboe
Sure on this Shining Nightfrom Nocturnes – James Agee, words – Morten Lauridsen, music
The Blue Green Hills of Earth from Missa Gaia – Kim Oler, words – Paul Halley, music
Soloist: Terry Lockhart
Excerpt from The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – Marisha Chamberlain, words – Carol Barnett, music
III. Ballad: First Verse – Rob Kinslow, soloist
IV: Gloria
When in the Presence of Music – Denny Clark, words – Donald McCullough, music
POSTLUDE Solo de concert No.6Gustave Vogt
Tim Feil, oboe

Coming in the future….
We are always open to shared ideas for our Music Sundays. As you attend concerts or travel and visit other congregations,
please bring back ideas for music that moved your heart and uplifted your spirit.

Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett can be contacted at should you have ideas to share.


First Parish Choir Members & Guests

(Past and Present) currently active members ♫

Sopranos Altos
Paula Adelson Judith Christianson
Mary Barnett Sheila Davison ♫
Kelsey Byers Heather Dickey
Carolyn Bridgemohan Geneviève Dionne
Denny Donaldson Mary Edlefson
Julia Eddy ♫ Ann Elderkin
Jenaabi Finlay Eleanor Kafalas ♫
Bets (FitzPatrick) Ford Maggie Klureza
Judy Handley ♫ Laurie Loftus
Maya Hinrichs-Bloom Deirdre Menoyo
Janice Knapp-Cordes Alorie Parkhill ♫
Celia Hinrichs ♫ Jean Pendleton
Marge Langmuir ♫ Nina Piazza ♫
Bonny Linnell Mary Redford
Hilary Lockhart Helen Russell ♫
Clarise Patton Karen Tyo
Cilla Reising ♫ Kelsey Thompson ♫
Joyce Townsend
Hunter Bennett
Tenors Ryland Bennett
Dave Allen ♫ Jim Bucknam
Saul Bloom ♫ Paul Conover
Roger Cleghorn David Fleischmann-Rose
Charlie Cormier Fritz Fleischmann
Rich Davison ♫ David Gray ♫
Steve Johnson Ted Jones
Pam Kramer Rob Kinslow ♫
Tom Kruskal ♫ Terry Lockhart ♫
Elton Pope-Lance Henry Magno
Dwight Porter Steve Shugrue
Maria von Brincken ♫ Graham Taylor ♫


See Also: Cole and Woodberry Organ and our Music Program