Last night, my wife, my kids, and I went to see Pro Cantare in concert. Pro Cantare is a group directed by my good friend and mentor, Reuel Gifford. Reuel, as mentioned in an earlier article, is also my guest accompanist for our own concert.
The concert took place at St. Mary's Church in Providence, where Reuel is music director. The concert was Pro Cantare, directed by Reuel Gifford, and the Rhode Island College Chamber Singers, directed by Teresa Coffman. The concert took a nice antiphonal effect, with the Chamber Singers up front, and the Pro Cantare in the gallery.
Here's the lineup:
Matin Responsory - Palestrina
HYMN: Wake, O Wake, and Sleep No Longer - WACHET AUF (sung by all)
In the Bleak Midwinter - Holst
Lord, before this Fleeting Season - Larson
Is God, Our Endless Day - Larson
This Day Is Born Emmanuel - M. Praetorius
No Sad Thought His Soul Affright - Vaughan Williams
Christe Redemptor Omnium - Monteverdi
King Jesus Hath a Garden - Dutch, arr. Wood
I Saw a Fair Mayden - Terry
Ave Maris Stella - Greig
Lalulla Lu, Babe Jesu - Nielsen
Silent Night - STILLE NACHT, arr. Rathbone
Good King Wenceslas - PIAE CONTIONES, arr. Willcocks
HYMN: Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming - ES IST EIN' ROS' ENTSPRUNGEN
- (first two verses were sung by the choirs in German, the all joined in verse three in English)
Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mein - H. Praetorius
Hodie Nobis Coelorum Rex - Handl
Angels We Have Heard on High - French, arr. Paul Nelson (Mr. Nelson is a singer in Pro Cantare and dedicated it for this concert)
HYMN: O Come, All Ye Faithful - ADESTE FIDELES, arr. Willcocks
The choirs were excellent, as was Reuel's work on the III/27 Kilgen organ, which is undergoing an upgrade.