Introduction: Songs by Kern and the Gershwins



GREAT AMERICAN SONGS: TUNES FROM B’WAY, HOLLYWOOD & TIN PAN ALLEY (BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY CHORUS & CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMANCE – APRIL 5, 2014)

Featuring the BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY CHORUS & CHAMBER CHOIR

Conducted by PROF. JAMES D. OLESEN, B.A., D.M.A., musical director
Piano: BEN COOK*
Bass: BOB NIESKE**
Guest Vocalist: DEBORAH ILANA ROSENSTEIN, concert coordinator

1. Concert Introduction – JAMES OLESEN

DUKE ELLINGTON (1899 – 1974): Duke Ellington Songs
Lyrics: Irving Mills (1894 – 1985) • Arrangement: James Olesen
2. It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing – UNIVERSITY CHORUS

Lyrics: Eddie DeLange (1904 – 1949) & Mills • Arrangement: Bob Nieske
3. (In My) Solitude – TABITHA ROHRER (soprano), ABBEY SCHULTZ (soprano) & JULIE SEEGER (alto)

Lyrics: Ellington
4. Come Sunday – F. PATRICIA FISHER, soprano

Lyrics: Otho Lee Gaines (1914 – 1987) • Arrangement: Bob Nieske
5. Just Squeeze Me – SARAH STEIKER (soprano), ELANA KENNEDY (soprano) & JONAH HIRST (alto)

With Billy Strayhorn (1915 – 1967) • Lyrics: Johnny Mercer (1909 – 1976)
Arrangement: Edward Cohen (1940 – 2002) [Brandeis, ’61] 6. Satin Doll – UNIVERSITY CHORUS

7. Introduction: Songs by Kern and the Gershwins – JAMES OLESEN

JEROME DAVID KERN (1885 – 1945)
Lyrics by Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II (1895 – 1960)
8. I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star (from “Music in the Air”) – WǓ YUÈ (soprano) & CHAMBER CHOIR

GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898 – 1937)
Lyrics: Ira Gershwin (1896 – 1983)
9. I Got Rhythm (from “Girl Crazy”) – DEBORAH ILANA ROSENSTEIN, soprano
10. Embraceable You (from “Girl Crazy”) – MIRIAM ESTHER GOLDMAN, soprano
11. Mischa, Yascha, Toscha, Sascha – DAVID FERRAZZOLI (tenor), CHRIS D’AGOSTINO (tenor), WǍN YÚNXIÁNG (tenor) & SAMUEL MOORE (bass)

12. Introduction: “Show Boat” – JAMES OLESEN

KERN: Songs from “Show Boat”
Lyrics: P. G. Wodehouse (1881 – 1975) • Arrangement: Jonah Hirst
13. Bill (A cappella) – CHAMBER CHOIR

Lyrics: Hammerstein
14. Life Upon the Wicked Stage – REBECCA TSAI, soprano
15. Can’t Help Lovin’ ’Dat Man – SARAH LIPITZ (soprano) & UNIVERSITY CHORUS

16. Introduction: Songs of Rogers & Hart – JAMES OLESEN

RICHARD RODGERS (1902 – 1979) & LORENZ HART (1895 – 1943)
17. Little Girl Blue (from “Jumbo”) – KIANA JANE KHOZEIN (alto) & CHAMBER CHOIR

18. To Keep My Love Alive (from “A Connecticut Yankee”) – TAMAR FORMAN-GEJROT, soprano

19. You are Too Beautiful (from “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum”) – JASON TENG, baritone

20. Introduction: “Blue Moon” – JAMES OLESEN

ROGERS & HART
21. Blue Moon – EMILY ENG (soprano) & CHAMBER CHOIR

22. Introduction: “Porgy & Bess” – JAMES OLESEN

GERSHWIN: Songs from “Porgy & Bess”
23. My Man’s Gone Now – ELENA GLEN (soprano) & CHAMBER CHOIR
24. It Ain’t Necessarily So – MATTHEW CHERNICK (tenor) & UNIVERSITY CHORUS

25. Introduction: “I Hate Your Struttin’ Style” – JAMES OLESEN

GERSHWIN
26. I Hate Your Struttin’ Style – ZHĀNG GĒ (alto) & JAMES OLESEN
27. Summertime – ADINA SHAPIRO (soprano) & CHAMBER CHOIR
28. I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’ – CHARLES MADISON (baritone) & UNIVERSITY CHORUS

* Tracks 2 – 6, 9, and 15.
** Tracks 2 – 6, 8 – 10, 14, 15, 18, 21, 24, and 26 – 28.

Performed live at the Recital Hall of the Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University Saturday, April 5, 2014. Recorded by Sam Chussid (@sam-chussid). Remastered and edited by Craig Robertson (@everythingwillpass).

Source by Benjamin Poser

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