A World of Song:
International Favorites from the RCS Repertoire

Mimi S. Daitz, conductor
John Lettieri, accompanist

Saturday, December 9, 2001, Christ Church, Riverdale, NY

Cantique de Jean Racine,Op.11 (1865)
with John Lettieri, organ
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Laevas lauldakse [Singing Aboard Ship] (1983),
text: traditional Ingrian ballad, in Estonian
with Donna Slawsky, mezzo-soprano
Veljo Tormis (b.1930)
Three songs
  1. "Õhtul" [In the Evening] (1925), text: A Piirikivi
  2. "Kevadel" [In the Spring] (1921), text: Gustav Suits
  3. "Hällilaul" [Lullaby] (1940), text: J. Vainura
Donna Slawsky, mezzo-soprano; John Lettieri, piano
Mart Saar (1882-1963)
Three Jewish folksongs
  1. "Cuando el Rey Nimrod", text: traditional Ladino
  2. "Nigun Atik", text: traditional Hebrew
  3. "Morena", text: traditional Ladino
Sid Robinovitch (b.1942), arranger
Choral settings of two unofficial national anthems
  1. "Finlandia", (1899/1948), text: V.A. Koskenniemi
  2. "Jerusalem" (1916), text: William Blake
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Selections from Indianas (1968)
  1. "Gala Del Día" [Joy of Day], text: Arturo Vazquez
  2. "Quién Fuera Como El Jazmín"
    [I Wish I Were Like a Jasmine], text: León Benarós
  3. "Chañarcito, Chañarcito", [Little Cactus], text: León Benarós
Carlos Guastavino (1914-2000)
Selections from Frostiana (1958), text: Robert Frost
  1. "The Road Not Taken"
  2. "A Girl's Garden"
  3. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
  4. "Choose Something Like a Star"
with John Lettieri, piano
Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
Choral settings of two unofficial national anthems
  1. "Mu isamaa on minu arm" [My Fatherland is All My Joy] (1944), text: Lydia Koidula
  2. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" (1900), text: James Weldon Johnson


Gustav Ernesaks (1908-1993)
J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954)