MASTERWORKS CHORALE

Caretoons

Director: Dr. Liz Stanley 
Accompanist: Mr. Jim Martinez

Students 

Andre Ashby, Haley Borjas, Justin Canas, Althea D’Sousa, Amanda Downing, Alexander Hall, Tara Harness, Leon Huang, Richard Janus, Raegan Longacre, Hannah Milam, Emilie Pitcock, Trey Quinn, Luca Ruscica, Jaden Santini, Hannah Springer, Landon Stewart, Noelle Stewart, Arsen Sultanyan, Luke Ho Man Tse, Monica Wilberger, Timothy Wilson, Krystyl Wooten.

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Songs

Sam Was a Man

Vincent Persichetti, words by E.E. Cummings

 

Dominic Has a Doll

Vincent Persichetti, words by E.E. Cummings

 

Let My Love Be Heard

Jake Runestad, words by Alfred Noyes

 

We’re Goin’ Around from Treemonisha 

Scott Joplin

Hannah Milam and Timothy Wilson, Soloists

 

A Real Slow Drag from Treemonisha

Scott Joplin

Hannah Milam and Althea D’Souza, Soloists 

 

Allemande and Courante

William Kraft

Landon Stewart, Percussion

 

Ride the Chariot

Spiritual

Arranged by William Henry Smith

Noelle Stewart, Alexander Hall, Andre Ashby,

Haley Borjas, and Monica Wilberger, Soloists

 

Ride on King Jesus- King of Kings

Arranged by Hall Johnson

Andre Ashby, Tenor and Jim Martinez,

Piano

It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing

Duke Ellington, words by Irving Mills

 Overview

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Vincent Persichetti, born in Philadelphia in 1915, began his musical journey at a very young age with keyboard studies. He went on to study at Combs College of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Philadelphia Conservatory, earning degrees from each. Persichetti was also an educator who taught at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and Julliard School of Music. He was highly sought after as a composer, with some 100 commissions from prominent orchestras, dance companies, universities, and arts organizations.

Jake Runestad is a pianist, composer, and conductor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Best known for choral works, he also composes opera, orchestral music, and wind ensemble. For Runestad, the duty of the composer is to find the music inherent in the text. The opening of “Let My Love Be Heard” is mostly homophonic, with a tenor solo section. At its apex, the female voices sing interwoven lines on “ah” creating a sense of “soaring.” The men repeatedly sing “let my love be heard” until reaching a fortissimo C# major seventh chord with a high-A natural in the tenor line.

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“Treemonisha" is an opera by famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin (who died at age 49). The opera takes place in 1884 and concludes with a ragtime aria with chorus titled "A Real Slow Drag." In true operatic form, the work is represented by the heroine and educator Treemonisha, who runs into trouble with a local band of magicians. The musical style of the opera is early 20th century romantic, completely invested in Afrocentric folk song, dance, bluesspirituals, and call-and-response form. Joplin wanted to create a distinctive form of African-American opera while offering a message about social advancement and freedom through education. The opera was not performed in its entirety until 1972, after discovery of the piano score.

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"Ride the Chariot" is a traditional spiritual that has been arranged for choral performance several times, most notably by William Henry Smith in 1939.

“It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)” is a composition by Duke Ellington, with lyrics by Irving Mills. Now a jazz standard, the music was written and arranged by Ellington in August 1931 during intermissions at Chicago's Lincoln Tavern.  The song was likely the first to use the phrase "swing" in the title; it introduced the term into everyday language, predating the swing era by three years. The Ellington band played the song continually over the years and recorded it numerous times, most often with trumpeter Ray Nance as vocalist.