Collaborative Choral Concert
Explores Psalms on Cape Cod
Falmouth Chorale’s first concert
with The Zamir Chorale of Boston
features more than 120 musicians
FALMOUTH, MA Issued February 13, 2017…In a
long-awaited collaboration, The Falmouth Chorale, led
by Artistic Director John Yankee, and The Zamir Chorale
of Boston, conducted by founder and Artistic Director
Joshua R. Jacobson, present PsalmSensation, a concert
featuring more than 120 singers and instrumentalists
for a single performance on Sunday, March 19, 7 pm at
The Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth.
Long a popular tradition amongst choral singers, collaborative
concerts allow the vocalists to explore their stylistic interpretations
through the direction of a peer conductor. Now in their 53rd season,
The Falmouth Chorale embraces this opportunity to learn from another
director during Yankee’s decade-long tenure. Jacobson eagerly anticipates complementing The Falmouth Chorale’s chosen contemporary works with
Zamir Chorale’s dedication to the presentation, preservation, and
perpetuation of Jewish culture.
PsalmSensation features settings of texts from the Hebrew Bible, opening
with the Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers performance of Handel's
Coronation Anthem No. 4. Both Falmouth and Zamir together perform
Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, The Last Words of David, and Boston
composer Emmett Price's Joyful Noise. The Zamir Chorale takes the stage commencing the program’s second half with contrasting settings of four
Psalms. The concert will end with a blessing – where all voices join in unity
to sing John Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You.
“The program is delightfully diverse,” shares
Yankee, “Listeners will be drawn into the
concert by a gradual building of forces.
Strings and woodwinds from the Falmouth
Chamber Players Orchestra accompany first
our Chamber Singers in Handel’s compact
and charming Coronation No. 4, Let Thy Hand
Be Strengthened. The full Chorale takes the
stage to sing the beautiful and calming
opening movement of Mendelssohn’s setting
of Psalm 42, As the Hart Longs. Zamir Chorale,
along with piano, harp, and percussion, then join us for Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.” Yankee thoughtfully mentions that it has been particularly valuable to be able to study and discuss the score with Jacobson, who “clearly knows the work inside out! This is my first experience conducting this thrilling and challenging piece, and we are very fortunate to perform it with Zamir.”
“We’ve selected a program rich in variety and depth, while staying true
to Jewish traditions,” informs Jacobson. “Although Rossi is recognized for
his 17th century Italian madrigals and sonatas, he also produced 33
beautiful Baroque settings of synagogue liturgy texts, unheard of again
for two centuries.” Offering contrasting styles, Zamir’s portion of the program features several settings of Psalm 150, with British synagogue composer Julius Mombach’s dignified and majestic Hallelujah juxtaposed with contemporary composer Benjie Ellen Schiller’s Halleuhu, accompanied by the Middle Eastern doumbek hand drum. The set finishes with young composer Jeremiah Klarman’s work Hallel Shir Va’Or, a composition commissioned by Zamir in the last decade. The two movements offer a captivating blend of classical and popular styles, including jazz and pop.
“Sharing a concert with Zamir is a true
milestone for The Falmouth Chorale,” spoken
proudly by Yankee. “Our hard work has
earned us so much growth and many
accomplishments. I’m thrilled to collaborate
with such a renowned ensemble and director.
We owe a great deal of gratitude to our
Co-President Andy Garber, who made the
suggestion and forged the connection well
over a year ago.”
As a frequent guest conductor, Jacobson enjoys bringing a new approach to music for other singers. “Zamir collaborations extend the singing musician’s point of view. It is a pleasure to bring this opportunity to Cape Cod.”
As a world authority on Jewish choral music, Jacobson also presents an
illustrated concert companion lecture PsalmSensation: 3000 Years of Joyous Sacred Song on Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 am at Falmouth Jewish
Congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth. He’ll explore the question of the Psalms having originally been performed in ancient Israel, and provide a preview and fascinating
backstories to several pieces featured in the PsalmSensation concert,
performed the following Sunday. The event is open to the public, with a suggestion donation of $5 to $10 gratefully accepted at the door.
Tickets are $25 for adults in advance, $30 at the door, student tickets are $5.
To order tickets or for more information, PsalmSention,
call 774-392-2383, or visit us on Facebook.
Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers
George Frideric Handel: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened (Psalm 89:13-14)
The Falmouth Chorale
Felix Mendelssohn: As the Hart Longs, 1st movement (Psalm 42)
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
(Psalms 108:2, 100; 23, 2:1-4; 131, 133:1)
The Zamir Chorale
Benjie Ellen Schiller : Halleluhu (Psalm 150)
Salamone Rossi: Shir Lama’a lot (Psalm 121)
Julius Mombach: Hallelujah (Psalm 150)
Jeremiah Klarman: Hallel Shir Va’Or (Psalms 27, 150)
Randall Thompson: Last Words of David (2 Samuel, 23:3-4)
Ernani Aguiar: Salmo 150
Emmett Price III: Joyful Noise of Praise (Psalms 8:10; 27:1, 5, 4; 118:24)
John Rutter: The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Numbers 6:24)
String and wind ensemble musicians are members of the
Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, under the direction of John Yankee
Katie Koglin, harp
Mark Prall, percussion
Stephanie Weaver, piano
Taki Masuko, percussion
Edwin Swanborn, piano
About The Falmouth Chorale
The mission of The Falmouth Chorale is to share with our audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music that has been created over the centuries. Celebrating 53 years of performing choral music for audiences on the Upper Cape, the Falmouth Chorale has enjoyed membership of nearly 1000 passionate singers over its existence. Today, Artistic Director John Yankee leads the 65-voice ensemble. Fifteen members sing in the select Chamber Singers for community and private events. For more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or visit us on Facebook.
The Zamir Chorale of Boston
Performing on concert stages throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, the award-winning Zamir Chorale of Boston awakens audiences to the exotic rhythms of the Middle East to the majestic anthems of 19th-century European synagogues, from the romances of Spain to the chants of Yemen, and from contemporary American jazz to the much-loved Yiddish tunes of Jewish musical theater. Founded in 1969 by Joshua Jacobson, one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish choral music, the Zamir Chorale of Boston’s “music with a mission” brings the joy of Jewish music to audiences that transcend age, religious and ethnic background. For additional information, visit zamir.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Yankee and the Falmouth Chorale
Chamber Singers are working on a series of
performances of a contemporary work,
Alzheimer’s Stories, by composer
Robert Cohen. The piece, written in honor
of Mr. Cohen’s parents, is in three movements,
which loosely mimic the progression of and
tells the stories of families impacted by the
disease. A free performance of this work will
be presented on Sunday, September 24,
First Church of Christ, Sandwich at 4PM
The three movements include: The Numbers
– a description of the discovery of the disease, the number of people afflicted with it and conversations with Dr. Alzheimer and his first patient Auguste Deter; The Stories – portrayed by two soloists, these individuals afflicted with the disease, along with recollections from family members, tell their stories; For the Caregivers – the final movement ending with some semblance of hope for those who know and love Alzheimer patients and have to witness its debilitating effects. The composer himself cites that at the core of the libretto and the work, are the final words: “They sense what they cannot show. Love and music are the last things to go. Sing anything.”
The Chorale’s goal is to offer these performances to communities who have dealt with, or are in the process of dealing with this ordeal. The concert will include an opening set that shares singing as the common thread. “With such a profound finale, some lightness and humor will serve as a welcome emotional balance, and prepare the audience for the more poignant music to follow,” Artistic Director John Yankee comments.
Final concert date is October 1, Brookdale Cape Cod, Hyannis at 3PM.
The mission of the Falmouth Chorale is to share with our
audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music which has been created over the centuries.
Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape
Photo Courtesy of Cape Cod Life Publications, Photography by Luke Simpson.
Members of The Zamir Chorale of Boston by Mickey Goldin