An Evening with the Choral & Sacred Music Program




“Blackbird”

Composed by John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Arranged by Matthew Brown

Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers

Soloist: Anna Wright

Collaborative Keyboard Artist: So-Mang Jeagal


Audio Editing by So-Mang Jeagal

Video Editing by Recording Dot LA



Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly all your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these sunken eyes and learn to see all your life

You were only waiting for this moment to be free

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly

Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly

Into the light of the dark black night

Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly all your life

You were only waiting for this moment to arise



“Salve Regina”

Composed by Joseph Rheinberger

Conducted by Nicholas Tham

Performed by USC Thornton Concert Choir


Audio Editing by Nicholas Tham

Video Editing by Recording LA



Regina, mater misericordiae:

Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.

Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.

Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes

in hac lacrimarum valle.

Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,

illos tuos misericordes oculos

ad nos converte.

Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.

O clemens: O pia: O dulcis

Virgo Maria.


Queen, mother of mercy:

our life, sweetness, and hope, hail.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To you we sigh, mourning and weeping

in this valley of tears.

Turn then, our advocate,

those merciful eyes

toward us.

And Jesus, the blessed fruit of thy womb,

after our exile, show us.

O clement, O loving, O sweet

Virgin Mary.



“Soleram” (Traditional Riau)

Arranged by Yu Hang Tan

Conducted by Yu Hang Tan

Performed by USC Thornton Oriana Choir

Soloist: Shahad Baaboud


Audio Editing by Yu Hang Tan

Video Editing by Yu Hang Tan, Irene Chen, José L. Godínez Castellanos



(Bahasa Indonesia)

Soleram, soleram,

soleram, anak yang manis.

Anak manis janganlah dicium, sayang.

Kalau dicium, merahlah pipinya


Satu, dua, tiga dan empat,

Lima, enam, tujuh, delapan.

Kalau tuan dapat kawan baru, sayang.

Kawan lama jangan ditinggalkan.


Soleram, soleram,

Soleram, my sweet child.

Sweet child, don’t be kissed, love.

If kissed, the cheeks will turn red.


One, two, three, and four,

Five, six, seven, eight.

If you made new friends, love

Don’t leave your old friends.


“Requiem: Introit and Kyrie”

Composed by Gabriel Fauré

Conducted by Laura Leigh Spillane

Performed by USC Thornton University Chorus

Audio & Video Editing by Laura Leigh Spillane



Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine

et lux perpetua luceat eis

Te decet hymnus, Deus in Sion

et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem

Exaudi orationem meam

ad te omnis caro veniet

Kyrie eleison,

Christe eleison

Kyrie eleison.

Grant them eternal rest, o Lord,

and may perpetual light shine upon them

Thou, o God, art praised in Sion, and unto Thee

shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.

Hear my prayer,

unto Thee shall all flesh come.

Lord have mercy,

Christ have mercy,

Lord have mercy



“Darest, O Soul”

Composed by Mari Esabel Valverde (she/her)

Text by Walt Whitman (“Darest Thou Now O Soul” from Leaves of Grass

Conducted by Stevie J. Hirner (she/her)

Performed by USC Thornton Apollo Chorus


Audio & Video Editing by Stevie J. Hirner (she/her)



Darest thou now O Soul,

Walk out with me toward the unknown region,

Where neither ground is for the feet nor any path to follow?


No map there, nor guide,

Nor voice sounding, nor touch of human hand,

Nor face with blooming flesh, nor lips, nor eyes, are in that land.


I know it not O Soul,

Nor dost thou, all is a blank before us,

All waits undream’d of in that region, that inaccessible land.


Till when the ties loosen,

All but the ties eternal, Time and Space,

Nor darkness, gravitation, sense, nor any bounds bounding us.


Then we burst forth, we float,

In Time and Space O Soul, prepared for them,

Equal, equipt at last, (O joy! O fruit of all!) them to fulfil O Soul.



“De Los Álamos Vengo, Madre”

Composed by Juan Vasquez

Conducted by Colston Rienhoff

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers


Audio Editing by Randi Anderson, Townsend Losey

Video Editing by Sam Avila


De los álamos vengo, madre,

de ver cómo los menea el ayre.

De los álamos de Sevilla,

de ver a mi linda amiga.

De los álamos vengo, madre,

de ver cómo los menea el ayre.

I come from the aspen trees, Mother,

I saw how they shake in the breeze.

From the aspen trees of Seville,

where I saw my beautiful beloved.

I come from the aspen trees, Mother,

I saw how they shake in the breeze.



“Geographical Fugue”

Composed by Ernst Toch

Conducted by Cristian Grases

Performed by USC Thornton Concert Choir


Audio Editing by Cristian Grases

Video Editing by Linda Diaz



Trinidad!

And the big Mississippi

and the town Honolulu

and the lake Titicaca,

the Popocatepetl is not in Canada,

rather in Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!

Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi

Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi

Yes, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet,

Nagasaki! Yokohama!

Nagasaki! Yokohama!


“Sea Fever”

Composed by Daniel Brinsmead

Text by John Masefield

Conducted by Duncan Tuomi

Performed by USC Thornton Apollo Chorus


Audio & Video Editing by Duncan Tuomi



I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship, And a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick, and the wind’s song, and the white sails breaking,

And a grey mist, on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking,

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide,

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown foam, and the seagulls crying.



“Negro Speaks of Rivers”

Composed by Margaret Bonds

Text by Langston Hughes

Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers

Collaborative Keyboard Artist: Sky Lee


Audio Editing by Micah Bland

Video Editing by Recording Dot LA



I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the

Flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep

I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it

I heard the singing of the Mississippi

When Abe Lincoln

Went down to New Orleans,

And I've seen its muddy

Bosom turn all golden in the sunset

I’ve known rivers,

Ancient, dusky rivers

My soul has grown deep like the rivers



“The Olive Tree”

Composed by Li Tai-Hsiang

Arranged by Emily Sung

Conducted by Emily Sung

Performed by USC Thornton Oriana Choir


Audio Editing by Emily Sung

Video Editing by Jonathan Joei



不要問我從哪裡來

我的故鄉在遠方

為什麼流浪

流浪遠方 流浪


為了天空飛翔的小鳥

為了山間輕流的小溪

為了寬闊的草原

流浪遠方 流浪


還有還有

為了夢中的橄欖樹

不要問我從哪裡來

我的故鄉在遠方


為什麼流浪

為什麼流浪遠方

為了我夢中的橄欖樹


Do not ask me where I’m from

My hometown is far away

Why do I wander?

Wandering to distant lands


For the little birds that soar through the sky

For the streams that flow in the mountains

For the wide, endless grasslands

Wandering to distant lands


Also, also

For that olive tree in my dreams,

Do not ask me where I’m from

My hometown is far away


Why do I wander?

Why do I wander to distant lands?

For the olive tree in my dreams



"If Ye Love Me"

Composed by Thomas Tallis

Arranged by Jacek Sykulski

Conducted by Hyejin Jung

Performed by USC Thornton Concert Choir

Soloists: Sofia Cholewczynski, Kate Crellin, Sang Park, Sujin Park, Duncan Tuomi


Audio Editing by Hyejin Jung

Video Editing by Recording.LA



If ye love keep my commandments

and I will pray the Father

and he shall give you another comforter

that he may bide with you forever

E’en the sp’rit of truth

e’en the sp’rit of truth

e’en the sp’rit of truth



“The Flying Dutchman”

Composed by Richard Wagner

Arranged by Nick Rossi

Conducted by Yotsawan Meethongkum

Performed by USC Thornton Apollo Chorus


Audio & Video Editing by Yotsawan Meethongkum



Steersman! Leave the watch!

Steersman! Come with us!

Ho! Hey! Hey! Ha! See the sails are in!

Anchor fast! Steersman, come!

Fearing neither storm nor rocky strand,

Happy all the day we’ll always be!

Each one has a sweetheart on the land;

We will sing a song, and quite forget the sea!

La, la, la, la! Rock and storm, ho!

La, la, la, la! Let them all go!

La, la, la, la! Sails are in! Anchor fast!

Rock and storm! Let them all go!



“Crucifixion”

Composed by Adolphus Hailstork

Conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers


Audio & Video Editing by: Recording Dot LA



My Lord, my Lord!

They crucified my Lord,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word;

they crucified my Lord,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

They nailed him to a tree,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word;

they nailed him to a tree,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

They pierced him in the side,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word;

they pierced him in the side,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word.

Not a word, not a word, not a word.

He bowed his head and died,

and he never said a mumbalin’ word;

he bowed his head and died.

And he never said a mumbalin’ word,

My Lord, my Lord, my Lord!



“Die Erste Walpurgisnacht: Finale”

Composed by Felix Mendelssohn

Conducted by Laura Leigh Spillane

Performed by USC Thornton University Chorus

Soloist: Brandon DiNoto, Baritone


Audio & Video Editing by Laura Leigh Spillane



Die Flamme reinigt sich vom Rauch:

So reinig' unsern Glauben!

Und raubt man uns den alten Brauch;

Dein Licht, wer kann es rauben!

As the flame is purified by smoke,

So purify our faith!

And even if they rob us of our ancient ritual,

Who can take your light from us?



“I Wish I knew You (not on zoom)”

Composed by Townsend Losey

Text by Townsend Losey, Gabrielle Losey and Stevie J. Hirner

Conducted by Townsend Losey

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers

Audio & Video Editing by Josh Munnell



While the sky is blue, my eyes are red.

My room is my whole new world.

(Do you even have legs?)


I am going to share my screen—wait,

Let me try again—

Can you hear this?

(Share computer sound…)

Sharing computer sound…


While the sky is blue, my eyes are red.

My room is my whole new world.

(Do you even have legs? Or feet? Or knees?)

I am still all alone, sitting here in my room, while we’re all on Zoom.

You’re unmuted, mute yourself.


Would you please repeat what you just said?

“You’re on mute!”

“Sorry, I’m here.”

“You—what—“

“Did you—“

“—can—“

“—am—“

“Never mind, let’s move on.”

If I were an aphid I’d be dead.

What did he say? What did I say?

What did you say? What did they say?

What did she say? What did we say?

(I’d be dead.)


My eyes are dead, the sky is red—

How about now?


Ah, I wish I knew whether you’re short or tall…

(Not on Zoom)

I wish I knew what kind of car you drove…

(Not on Zoom)

I wish I knew you.



“Twa Tanbou”

Composed by Sydney Guillaume

Conducted by Cristian Grases

Performed by USC Thornton Concert Choir

Audio Editing by Hyejin Jung, Linda Diaz and Cristian Grases

Video Editing by Linda Diaz



Twa Tanbou

Kap fè yon diskisyon Yon gwo dimanch maten Lè yo sot nan Ginen

Yon Ti Kata Yon Tanbouren Yon Gwo Boula

Boula rete li di

Li di li ka frape pi fò Boula rete li di

Se li ki ka frape pi fò

Tanbouren di li gen pi bèl son Li di “lè map site, se rete tande”

Kata ki tap koute, li rete li move Li pa te ka konprann kouman de kamarad,

Ki abiye ak menm rad

Ki pitit menm manman Chita ap fè deblozay

Yon bon jou Madigra, Kata tonbe zouke Dènye moun ki te la yo tout tonbe danse...

Tanbouren ak Boula kite la ap tande Pou fè fèt la pi bèl: yo tou fon ribanbèl

Jou sa-a

Yo chante yon chante ke’m pap janm bliye:

Tout tanbou ki dispèse An nou kole zepòl Poun fè la vi pi bèl


Three drums

Are having an argument

A great Sunday morning

On their way back from Guinea

A little Kata...

A little Tanbouren... A big Boula...

Boula declared

That he can hit the loudest Boula declared

“I can hit the loudest!”

Tanbouren said “I have the most beautiful sound”

He said “when I perform, keep quiet and listen!”

Kata who was hearing all this became angry

He could not comprehend how two soldiers

Who are dressed with the same outfit

And are children of the same mother

Are sitting around making a scandal

One fine Mardi-Gras day, Kata started to “zouk”

Every single person there began to dance...

Tanbouren and Boula who were there listening

To make the party more exciting, they started a great throng

That day,

They all sang a song that I’ll never forget:

All drums that are dispersed Let’s put our shoulders together

To make life more beautiful



“Zigeunerleben”

Composed by Robert Schumann

Conducted by So-Mang Jeagal

Performed by USC Thornton Chamber Singers

Audio & Video Editing by So-Mang Jeagal



Im Schatten des Waldes, im Buchengezweig

Da regt sich’s und raschelt und flüstert zugleich;

Es flackern die Flammen, es gaukelt der Schein

Um bunte Gestalten, um Laub und Gestein.

Das ist der Zigeuner bewegliche Schar,

Mit blitzendem Aug’ und mit wallendem Haar,

Gesäugt an des Niles geheiligter Flut,

Gebräunt von Hispaniens südlicher Glut.

Ums lodernde Feuer in schwellendem Grün

Da lagern die Männer verwildert und kühn,

Da kauern die Weiber und rüsten das Mahl,

Und füllen geschäftig den alten Pokal.

Und Sagen und Lieder ertönen im Rund,

Wie Spaniens Gärten so blühend und bunt,

Und magische Sprüche für Not und Gefahr

Verkündet die Alte der horchenden Schar.

Schwarzäugige Mädchen beginnen den Tanz;

Da sprühen die Fackeln im rötlichen Glanz,

Heiß lockt die Gitarre, die Cymbel klingt,

Wie wilder und wilder der Reigen sich schlingt.

Dann ruhn sie ermüdet von nächtlichen Reihn;

Es rauschen die Buchen in Schlummer sie ein,

Und die aus der glücklichen Heimat verbannt,

Sie schauen im Traume das glückliche Land.

Doch wie nun im Osten der Morgen erwacht,

Verlöschen die schönen Gebilde der Nacht;

Es scharret das Maultier bei Tagesbeginn,

Fort ziehn die Gestalten, wer sagt dir wohin?

"Gypsy Life" (English translation)

In the shaded wood, among the beech tree’s boughs

Things stir and rustle and murmur;

The flames flicker, the glow dances

Round coloured forms, round foliage and stone.

It is the gypsies who throng there

With flashing eyes and waving hair,

Suckled alongside the sacred Nile,

Bronzed by Spain’s southern heat.

Around the blazing fire in the burgeoning green

The bold, wild men are stretched,

The women crouch and prepare the meal,

And busily fill the ancient goblet.

And fables and songs sound all around,

Colourful and blooming as the gardens of Spain,

And the old gypsy recites to the listening throng

Her magic spells against famine and danger.

Dark-eyed girls begin the dance;

Torches sparkle in the reddish gleam,

Passionate guitars entice, cymbals sound,

As the dance grows wilder and wilder.

Then, exhausted, they rest from the nightly dance,

The beech trees rustle them to sleep,

And, banished from their native land,

They see in dreams that happy land.

But when the day dawns in the east,

The nocturnal visions fade;

The mule at daybreak paws at the ground,

The figures set off, but who knows where?


“Earth Song”

Composed by Frank Ticheli

Conducted by Nicholas Tham

Performed by USC Thornton Concert Choir

Audio Editing by Heeseong Lee and Nicholas Tham

Video Editing by Nicholas Tham



Sing, be, live, see

This dark stormy hour

The wind, it stirs

The scorched Earth cries out in vain


Oh war and power, you blind and blur

The torn heart cries out in pain


But music and singing have been my refuge

And music and singing shall be my light


A light of song, shining strong

Hallelujah, hallelujah


Through darkness and pain and strife

I'll sing, I'll be, live, see…peace



“Joyful Joyful!”

Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

Arranged by Mervyn Warren

Text adapted by Henry Van Dyke

Conducted by Shelby Stroud

Performed by USC Thornton Oriana Choir

Soloists: Olivia Du, Irene Chen, Preethi Chaudhari, Shahad Baaboud, Eva Prappas

Audio & Video Editing by Shelby Stroud



Joyful! Joyful! Lord, we adore Thee.

God of Glory, Lord of Love.

Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,

Hail thee as the Son above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness,

Drive the dark of doubt away.

Giver of immortal gladness,

Fill us with the light of day.


Come and join the chorus!

The mighty mighty chorus

Which the morning stars began.

The father of love is reigning over us.

He watches over everything, so we sing.