S: BACH, MASS IN B MINOR, Lutheran Church of Honolulu, May 13-14, 2011
1: Seventy cantatas. The Magnificat. The Brandenburg Concertos. The Six Motets. The St. Matthew Passion. The St. John Passion. The harpsichord concertos. The orchestral suites. The music of Johann Sebastian Bach became his life's work. People always asked, “When are you going to do the ‘Mass in B Minor?’” He answered, “When I schedule the B-Minor, you’ll know it’s my swan song.” And it came to pass that Carl Crosier gave notice that he would be retiring as Cantor from the Lutheran Church of Honolulu after thirty-eight years. The time for the “Mass in B Minor” had come. but first, the prologue . . .
2: If Music Be the Food of Love The season began with a concert on October 11, 2010 celebrating Carl and Kathy Crosier's milestone birthdays. Carl took the prize for playing the most varied roles: organist, harpsichordist, pianist, singer, and conductor! Antonio Soler, Concerto No. 3 in G Major: Carl Crosier, organ 1, Katherine Crosier, organ 2 Bach, Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027: Allegro Anna Womack, viola; Carl Crosier, harpsichord Johann Ludwig Krebs, Gott der Vater wohn uns bei “God our Father, be our stay” Allen Bauchle, trumpet; Katherine Crosier, organ | Georgine Stark, soprano and Carl Crosier, alto Darel Stark, violin obbligato, Katherine Crosier, organ | Carl Crosier, continuo organ. Allen Bauchle , page turner. | Wolfgang A. Mozart, Vesperae de Dominica, K. 321, Laudate Dominum Georgine Stark, soprano; Katherine Crosier, organ César Franck, Sonata in A major: II. Allegro molto Darel Stark, violin; Carl Crosier, piano George Frideric Handel, Sonata No. 5 in F: III. Siciliano. IV. Giga. Claire Starz Butin, flute, Katherine Crosier, organ Bach, Cantata Gelobet seist du, Herr Jesus Christ, Duetto: Die Armut, so Gott Georgine Stark, soprano; Carl Crosier, alto; Darel Stark, violin obbligato; Katherine Crosier, organ | Claire Starz Butin, flute
3: Remo Giazotto, Adagio on a theme by Tomaso Albinoni Darel Stark, violin; Katherine Crosier, organ John Ferguson, Who is this? Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir; Anna Womack, viola; Carl Crosier, conductor Spiritual, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Georgine Stark, soprano; Carl Crosier, piano Everett Titcomb, Victory Te Deum Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir; Carl Crosier, conductor; Katherine Crosier, organ | Violinist Darel Stark | Allen Bauchle, trumpet
4: Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Since the year 2010 was the 400th anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi's “Vespers of 1610”, Carl decided that this would be one of the major works of the season. The Vespers had never been performed in Hawaii before. With only three days rehearsal,, Carl brought together the Whole Noyse period brass ensemble, the Bach Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Chamber Choir, St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choral Scholars,, soloists Derek Chester, Matthew Tresler, Joseph Z. Pettit (tenors), Georgine Stark and Mihoko Ito (sopranos), Nicholas Walters and Keane Ishii (basses), and Richard Savino (theorbo). | The first performance was at St. Theresa's Co-Cathedral on Friday, November 5th, 2010. The performance was truly one of those rare occurrences when time stopped still and people’s hearts and minds were touched by the sublime and spiritual music. Many people were weeping from the sheer beauty of it all. Carl had pulled off another triumph, another miracle. | It was a rainy night, and the bridge on the theorbo broke because of the severe humidity and dampness. in the Cathedral! But SuperGlue came to the rescue and it was fixed by the second half of the concert.
6: The line to get into the Cathedral stretched way out into the parking lot. | The second performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers took place on Sunday, November 7th, 2010, at St. Andrew’s Cathedrall. The choir began the chant from the back of the church and moved slowly in procession through the packed cathedral. With the glorious tenor intonation, the choir and orchestra resounded with the brilliant opening movement, “Deus in adiututorium meum.” By the end of #10, the audience could not contain themselves any longer and gave the performers a standing ovation after the first half! Again, there was a long, sustained standing ovation at the end of the concert. Carl took his bows, but then held up the score, giving the credit to Monteverdi for writing this glorious music.
8: John Rutter, “Requiem” The very next weekend, November 13th, the Bach Chamber Choir was asked to sing at a concert at Waiokeola Congregational Church in memory of Marilyn “Lyn” Klein, wife of chorister Bud Klein. | Dr. Archibeque pulled the piece together in a single rehearsal, and most of the singers were sightreading, since it was their first experience with the piece. | Dr. Charlene Archibeque,, a well-known choral conductor, from San Jose State University, led the Bach Chamber Choir in a beautiful performance. Soloists Rachel Lentz and Naomi Castro, sounded absolutely angelic. The tone of the choir was exquisite.
9: Peter Hallock, The Last Judgment “The Last Judgment” took the place of the sermon on Sunday, November 14th at both the 8:00 am and 10:30 am services. The congregation was spellbound by this powerful and dramatic work and the choir performed well in spite of having no warmup. Keane Ishii, baritone,, sang the solos with both drama and expressiveness.
10: Advent Procession The 36th Annual Advent Procession took place on November 28, 2010. and was based on the O” Antiphons. It began with a men’s choir in procession, singing chant and punctuated with handbells:. “Behold a mighty Prophet, Comes in might and power to save; King and shepherd, Prince of Peace, Alleluia.” | Composer Peter Hallock came to Hawaii for his 86th birthday and to attend Advent Procession. | Music by Peter Hallock, Hildegard of Bingen, Stanley Vann, Johannes Brahms, Judith Weir, George Guest, Jacob Handl, William Mathias, John Ferguson, and Carl Crosier.
11: Hawaii State Library Concert December 11, 2010 | PROGRAM: Rorate caeli desuper (Hermann Schroeder); O virtus Sapientia (Hildegard of Bingen); ; There is a flower sprung of a tree (Stanley Vann); O Heiland reiss, die Himmel auf (Johannes Brahms); Illuminare Jerusalem (Judith Weir); Ecce concipies (Jacob Handl); Ding dong, merrily on high (Traditional carol, arr. Charles Wood); The Queen’s Prayer (arr. Carl Crosier). The entire program was sung "a cappella," and Kathy Crosier gave pitches from her iPad!
12: Christmas Eve The Baroque Christmas Eve celebration was absolutely over the top in the quantity and difficulty level of music—Bach “Christmas Oratorio” and Praetorius “Christmas Mass”— the pinnacles of Lutheran composers. We had musicians stationed all over the building, including a brass choir and one pair of timpani positioned on top of the Board Room! Another pair of timpani were downstairs next to the big organ. The program booklet was 28 pages long. | Bach, Christmas Oratorio, part I Praetorius, Puer natus in Bethlehem Praetorius, Missa ganz Teudsch Schütz, Psalm 96 (Becker Psalter) Praetorius, Vom Himmel hoch Praetorius, Quem Pastore Scheidt, Wie schn leuchtet Schein, Paduana Praetorius, Puer nobis nascitur Praetorius, In dulci jubilo
13: A French Christmas On Christmas Day it was women of the choir only and the music was gentle and pastoral. They sang Gabriel Fauré’s “Messe Basse” for the ordinary, plus the French carol, “Il est né” in addition to Gerald Near’s “O magnum mysterium.” Kathy Crosier played French noels by Claude Balbastre on the organ: A la venue de Noel Joseph est bien marié Votre bonté grand Dieu) | Joey Fala returned home from college and played the continuo organ. | A brass choir and set of timpani was situated on top of the Board Room. | St. Stephen’s Day – Lessons and Carols It’s probably nothing short of a miracle that the LCH choir could pull off a Lessons and Carols service the day after Christmas. At the 10:30 service, even though the music was quite challenging and certainly under-rehearsed, the choir came through with shining colors. The choral music included: Eya, martyr Stephane (medieval carol with handbells, arranged by Carl Crosier) Adam lay ybounden (Philip Ledger) There is a flower sprung of a tree (Stanley Vann) A maiden most gentle (French carol, arranged by Andrew Carter) Carol on St. Steven (Peter Maxwell Davies) Nativitie (Rodney Lister) Impetuum fecerunt unanimes (John Sheppard) Bethlehem down (Peter Warlock)
14: German Vespers Visiting colleagues from San Francisco, Jonathan Dimmock and George Emblom, joined the LCH Choir and Bach Chamber Orchestra in this New Year’s service held on January 2nd, 2011, The service included Schütz’ “Jauchzet dem Herren all Welt” (Becker Psalter), Johann Kuhnau Magnificat,” Bach Cantata 28, Gottlob! Nun geht das Jahr zu Ende and Dietrich Buxtehude, “All solch dein Güt wir preisen”. | Soloists were Naomi Castro, Rachel Lentz, Georgine Stark, sopranos; Carl Crosier, alto; Ian Capps, tenor; Keane Ishii, bass; Jonathan Dimmock, guest organist | Jonathan Dimmock, played the prelude and postlude.
15: The Starks Go for Baroque “I don’t know how he did it,” exclaimed Carl on Darel’ Stark’s performance.s on January 15-16, 2011. Not only did Darel play Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” from memory, he also conducted the orchestra. “You’ve really got to know the score inside and out,” Carl continued. Here’s what one concert-goer wrote: “What a fantastic concert this afternoon! Thank you for putting it together. Great playing. What a wonderful time we had!” Georgine Stark wowed the crowd with the Handel “Gloria” and Bach Cantata 51, and her pyrotechnics and vocal agility won her a standing ovation at the first half!
16: Allen Bauchle conducted Psalm 100 from the Becker Psalter by Heinrich Schütz. | Choral Vespers for Lent An overflow crowd filled the church on February 20, 2011 for a Vespers Service including Bach Cantata 111 and Buxtehude Magnificat. The choir was asked to come at 6:45 pm for a warmup on the Peter Cornelius’ anthem, “Thron der Liebe, Stern der Güte,” as it was the newest, and probably the most complex and challenging piece of the evening. After the service, Carl said “Bach BWV 111 was quite wonderful and everyone really sang and played it well. It had lots of spirit. The thing I was most pleased with was the choir rising to the Cornelius motet, which is very challenging. It was our first time out and they did a very fine reading of it, really only pulling it together at the very last moment (everyone was finally there to rehearse it!)”
17: Joint Evensong A glorious Joint Evensong with the combined Lutheran Church of Honolulu and St. Andrew’s Cathedral choirs was held on Sunday, April 3rd. The highlight was Herbert Howells’ Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from the St. Paul Service and a motet by Johann Christoph Bach for double choir: “Ich lasse dich nicht.” Kathy Crosier played Bach’s monumental “Aus tiefer Not” for the postlude. | There were over 50 choristers in the combined choir, conducted by Carl Crosier and accompanied by John Renke on the organ. Kathy Crosier played the harpsichord.
18: Holy Week and Easter