As part of our 50th anniversary each month Classical MPR is digging into our archives to share musical highlights from the past 50 years. This month, we bring you the Dale Warland Singers' farewell concert, recorded live on May 30, 2004, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Tom Crann — now MPR News host of All Things Considered — hosted the live broadcast.
Titled "I Have Had Singing," the concert was the capstone on the Dale Warland Singers' 30-year run. "I can't help but think of Charles Ives' quote, 'We should believe in beauty and work'," Warland reflect. "I think that's part of my job. Any way that one can create beauty in one's life and in the lives of people around you I think is the most worthy of calls that there can be. And so it's just been an instinctive thing is to seek beauty wherever I can find it, wherever I can make it."
Listen to the MN Encores rebroadcast of the Dale Warland Singers farewell concert on Monday, April 24, at 8 p.m., on Classical MPR.
From the Archives: Read Brian Newhouse's salute to the Dale Warland Singers (published May 5, 2004)
See MPR News' Dan Olson's report about the Dale Warland Singers' farewell concert (published May 5, 2004)
Concert ProgramI. Cathedral Classics
Recorded live at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, May 30, 2004
William Albright: Kyrie (from Chichester Mass)
Vincent Persichetti: Gloria (from Mass for Mixed Chorus)
Leonard Bernstein: Chorale (from Mass)
Frank Martin: Sanctus (from Mass for Double Chorus)
William Albright: Agnus Dei (from Chichester Mass)
II. Argento: An American Icon
Dominick Argento: Walden Pond: Nocturnes and Barcaroles (3 celli, harp)
III. Echoes of Christmas
Arvo Pärt: Magnificat
arr. Dale Warland: What Child is This?
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
IV. Russian Splendor
Excerpts from Vespers, Op. 37 Sergei Rachmaninoff
6. Rejoice, O Virgin
9. Blessed Art Thou, O Lord
13. The Troparion "Today Salvation Has Come"
14. The Troparion"Thou Didst Rise from the Tomb"
15. To Thee, Victorious Leader