War and the Human Heart
November 10 • 7:30 pm
On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Rembrandt presents a special event five years in the making. Created by veteran Jeffrey Gettleman, War and the Human Heart combines chamber orchestra, chorus, film, and live narration in a moving performance that honors the experience of war for every veteran, past or present. Join Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, the Valparaiso University Chorale, the Bach Institute Chorale, and conductor Craig Jessop (former director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) for a thought-provoking journey into the veteran experience. Works by Beethoven, Strauss, Holst, Schumann, Barber, and others.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE: Dr. Charles Rearick, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will give a pre-concert talk about the soldier’s song Quand Madelon, the “hit song” of WWI in France, starting at 6:15 p.m. in St. James Commons, adjacent to the Cathedral.
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BEETHOVEN: Krieger Chor [Soldiers’ Song]: Wir Bauen und Sterben [We Build and Die], WoO 96, from incidental music to Leonora Prohaska, a drama by Johann Friedrich Duncker, cabinet secretary to the King of Prussia (1814)
STRAUSS: Feierlicher Einzug der Ritter des Johanniterordens (Solemn Processional of the Knights of the Order of St. John), TrV 224 (1909)
BARBER: A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map (1940)
What Do You Do if You Are Attacked? Or Your Country is Occupied?
READ: The Reveille, Op. 89b (1962)
MARLY: Chant des Partisans (Song of the Partisan Fighters) (1940)
The Veteran’s Experience: Camaraderie, Sacrifice, “Battle Madness”
ROBERT: Quand Madelon (1914)
ROUSSEL: Le Bardit des Francs (War Song of the Franks) (1926)
HOLST: A Dirge for Two Veterans, H121 (1914)
GRAINGER: We Have Fed Our Sea for a Thousand Years (1911)
BLISS: Fanfare for a Dignified Occasion (1947)
Veterans’ Fear and Commitment
MARTINU: Polni Mse (Field Mass/Soldier’s Mass), H. 279 (1939)
Loss and Hope for the Future
BOUTRY: Marche de Novembre (Commemorating the Battle of the Somme) (1975)
SCHUMANN: Beim Abschied zu Singen (Parting Song), Op. 84 (1847)
HOLST: Turn Back O Man, Op. 36a/H.134 (1916)
Dr. Craig Jessop is Professor of Music and the founding Dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University. These appointments follow Dr. Jessop’s distinguished tenure as music director of the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Head of the Department of Music at Utah State. He is the founder and Music Director of the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra and has served as the music director of the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival sponsored by the Weill Institute of Music at Carnegie Hall. Prior to his appointment with the Tabernacle Choir, Dr. Jessop was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force music programs, where he served as director of the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants in Washington, D.C. (1980-1987); as commander and conductor of the Band of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe at Ramstein, Germany (1987-1991); and as commander and conductor of the Air Combat Command Heartland of America Band (1991-1995). He has also been music director of the Maryland Choral Society, the Rhineland-Pfalz International Choir of Germany and the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. Continue reading…