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Mother's Day
"Marian Anderson Memorial Concert"

In Honor
of D.C. General Hospital


May 13, 2001
Washington, DC


Table of Contents

Salute
Concert Program
Texts
About the Artists
Dennis Speed on
D.C. General,
Marian Anderson Quote
Dr. Martin Luther King Quote
About Ebenezar United Methodist Church
Lift Every Voice and Sing


Salute
to All the Staff, Patients, and Organizers
Who Continue to Struggle to
Save D.C. General Hospital

From Psalm 37
Sinners shall all alike be destroyed;
the future of the wicked shall be cut off.
The salvation of the just is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in time of distress.
And the Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

Program



Invocation

Rev. J. L. Ward, Pastor, Ebenezer United Methodist Church

Greetings
     Lynne and Dennis Speed, Schiller Institute,
     and Coalition to Save D.C. General

Greetings
     Charlene Gordon of DC General

Lift Ev’ry Voice by James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson
     Audience is invited to sing

Bye’n’Bye Arranged by Nathaniel Dett
     Schiller Institute Chorus, Diane Sare, Director

O Grosse Lieb' by J. S. Bach
Kyrie (Mass in C by L. van Beethoven
     Schiller Institute Chorus, John Sigerson, Director
     Soloists: Susan Bowen, Soprano; Sylvia Brewda, Mezzosoprano
     Cal Smith, Tenor; Richard Freeman, Bass

A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes
     William Warfield

(Sylvia Olden Lee is the piano accompanist for the rest of the program)

Lord, How Come Me Here by Sylvia Olden Lee
     Elaugh Butler, soprano

Hold On by Margaret Bonds
     Reginald Bouknight, tenor

My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord by Margaret Bonds
     Detra Battle Sparrow, soprano

I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired, Traditional
     Reginald Bouknight, tenor

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit by Hall Johnson
     Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone

Life of Christ by Roland Hayes
     Reginald Bouknight, tenor;
Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone;
     Sylvia Olden Lee, piano
     Prepare Me One Body R. Bouknight
     Sister Mary A. Solomon-Glover
     Li’l Boy R. Bouknight
     Live A Humble A. Solomon-Glover
     Hear the Lambs R. Bouknight
     The Last Supper A. Solomon-Glover
     They Led My Lord Away A. Solomon-Glover
     Crucifixion A. Solomon-Glover
     Did you Hear When Jesus Rose? R. Bouknight
     Where You There? R. Bouknight
(Please hold applause until the end of the last song in the cycle)

I Know That My Redeemer Liveth (Messiah) by G. F. Hande
     Detra Battle Sparrow, soprano

Intermission

Widmung by R. Schumann
An die Musik by F. Schubert
     Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone

Du bist die Ruh’ by F. Schubert
Mondnacht by R. Schumann
     Reginald Bouknight, tenor

I Got To Lie Down by Hall Johnson
I’m Goner Tell God All O’ My Troubles by Hall Johnson
     Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone

Honor, Honor Arr. Hall Johnson
     Reginald Bouknight, tenor

Draw Near All Ye People.....Lord God of Abraham(Elijah) by F. Mendelsson
     Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands Arr. Margaret Bonds
     All soloists
The piano has been selected from Gordon Keller Music Company

Due to illness, Dr. Warfield was unable to appear in person.

Schiller Institute Chorus

English Translations of theTexts
Widmung (Dedication)

You my soul, you my heart,
You my bliss, o you my pain,
You the world in which I live;
You my heaven, in which I float,
O you my grave, into which
I eternally cast my grief.

You are rest, you are peace,
You are bestowed upon me from heaven.
That you love me makes me worthy of you;
Your gaze transfigures me before you;
You raise me lovingly above myself,
My good spirit, my better self!


An die Musik (To Music)

Oh beautiful art, in how many grey hours,
Where the life’s wild cycle hurled me,
Have you my heart to warm love reignited,
Have you pulled me into a better world!

Often has a sigh from your harp flowed,
A sweet, holy chord from you
To reveal for me better times from Heaven,
You beautiful art, I thank you for that!

Du bist die Ruh’ (You are peace)

You are peace, the mild peace,
You are longing and what stills it.

I consecrate to you full ov pleasure and pain
As a dwelling here my eyes and heart.

Come live with me, and close
Quietly behind you the gates.

Drive other pain out of this breast
May my heart be full with your pleasure.

The tabernacle of my eyes by your radiance
Alone is illumined, O fill it completely!


Mondnacht (Moon night)

It was as if the sky had quietly kissed the earth,
so that she in her flowery glow would dream
only of him. The breeze passed through the
fields, the ears of grain waved softly, the forests
rustled gently, the night was so starry-bright.
And my soul spread its wings wide and flew
over the quiet countryside asif it were flying
homeward.
About the Artists

William Warfield, baritone, is one of the world’s leading experts on Spirituals and Lieder. He is the past President of the National Association of Negro Musicians (1985-1990). Dr. Warfield was born in West Helena, Arkansas, to a family of sharecroppers. By the time he was 30 years old, he had won rave reviews in a sensational debut at New York’s Town Hall. In the course of a career that has spanned more than half a century, his incomparable voice and charismatic personality have electrified the stages of six continents and earned him the title of “American’s Musical Ambassador.” It is a career that has witnessed both social ferment and show-business revolution. In his uncommonly personal memoir, “My Music and My Life”,” Warfield has written a unique history of 20th-century America.

Detra Battle Sparrow, soprano, raised in Washington, D.C., holds a graduate degree from The Catholic University of America. The many competitions at which she has won prizes include the Paul Robeson Vocal Competition, the Washington International Competition and the Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition. She performed Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Maryland Lyric Opera.

Reginald Bouknight, tenor, is a native of Washington, DC. and was educated in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He received a scholarship to attend the Catholic University of America, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1992. Mr. Bouknight made his operatic debut as “Mingo” in Porgy and Bess with the Orlando Opera Company in 1983. In 1996, Mr. Bouknight received a fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox Massachusetts where he studied voice, coaching in dramatic acting and song literature with Phyllis Curtin, Margo Garrett and Terry Decima. In 1997, Mr. Bouknight did a concert tour in the Czech Republic during Prague’s South Bohemian Music Festival. In 1999 he was cast as “Idomeneo” in Mozart’s opera Idomeneo, King of Crete performed with the In Series Production Company. Mr. Bouknight’s future engagements will include a concert honoring the great African-American tenor Roland Hayes in late fall of this year and a concert at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Elaugh Butler, soprano, is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She is a graduate of Wayne University, attended The Juilliard School of Music. She has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera and performed the role of Sheba in the opera Salomon and Sheba at Alice Tully Hall. Has concertized in Michigan, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York and has made appearances on radio and television.

Sylvia Olden Lee,
pianist and vocal coach, was the first black professional musician at the New York Metropolitan Opera, as vocal coach from 1954-56, just before Marian Anderson’s 1955 debut. For the next decade she played and coached more than 500 concerts in Germany, Sweden, and across Europe. She has been Professor of Vocal Interpretation at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for more than 20 years, from which she is currently on leave. She is known as the teacher and inspiration for dozens of singers, including Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, with whom she often appears in television broadcasts. She plays many concerts annually in America and abroad.

Andre Solomon-Glover, baritone, is a past winner of the “Joy in Singing” prize. He has developed an international career, performing repertoire ranging from Grand Opera to American Jazz. His versatility has taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Chicago Jazz Festival with Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. His broad-ranging roles in Opera have included the title roles in Rigoletto and Porgy and Bess, as well as Escamillo in Carmen. Andre has also had numerous leading roles written especially for him.

Mr. Solomon-Glover, whom critics have called “a remarkably communicative performer,” has appeared as soloist at major halls throughout the world. He has been guest soloist with the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra. He appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops for their nationally televised Fourth of July celebration "Pops Goes the Fourth," which was so well received that Mr. Solomon-Glover was asked to sing for another Pops concert less than a month later with Maestro John Williams. He is married to soprano Diana Solomon-Glover and has two children Tymon and Zahra.

A Special Note of Appreciation for Ebenezer United Methodist Church

The Schiller Institute wishes to extend a special thank you to Pastor J. L. Ward, the deacon and trustee boards and members of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, for the use of their church for the concert on Sunday, May 13, 2001 in Washington, D.C. Ebenezer United Methodist Church is considered especially appropriate for this concert.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church is the oldest Black church on Capitol Hill. It was founded in 1801 as an integrated congregation; blacks who opposed the practice of the “Negro pew” and had become too numerous to continue to be segregated, founded the church as ALittle Ebenezer.” Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln both spoke to the congregation and other audiences at the site. It was also the site of the first public school for blacks in Washington, which was established in 1864. The present church building was constructed in 1897 and Ebenezer United Methodist Church has been designated an Historic Landmark in 1975.


In Honor of D.C. General Hospital
and Winning a Victory for
Those Who Have Come Before and Those Not Yet Born

There is hope for America. Our country and people have every reason to be generous and good. If we could only spread out the Christmas spirit to encompass the entire twelve months, or remember our behavior in a national emergency or a trouble like a crippling snowstorm (schools closed, traffic halted, business curtailed) when those stout-hearted enough to brave the elements see only that there is another soul needing help B and it has no color. When incidents occur in our land that show a disregard for brotherhood among races our America belittles herself, and her prestige is injured. For he in the highest place can be not greater and no more effective than the least of his followers. He must answer for all.

“It hurts me when these things happen through thoughtlessness, neglect, lack of understanding, or acts of calculated humiliation. The United States could set a shining example and could reap rewards far beyond any expectations. All the changes may not come in my time; they may even be left for another world. But I have seen enough changes to believe that they will occur in this one.”
From “
My Lord, What a Morning” by Marian Anderson

“...And I submit that nothing will be done until people of good will put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference. Yes, it will be a poor people’s campaign. This is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligations and its responsibilities to the poor.

“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.

“Its seems that I can hear the God of history saying, AThat was not enough! But I was hungry and ye fed me not. I was naked and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided not shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” That’s the question facing America today.”
From Dr. King’s last Sunday morning sermon, “
Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution” delivered at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on March 31, 1968



“The case of DC General Hospital illustrates precisely the global implications of successfully winning that battle in the nation's capital.

“What if, instead of the proposal to shut the hospital, we proceeded to save it, build a new hospital immediately adjacent to it and established, instead of condominiums, a university dedicated to developing a national and international cadre of infrastructure builders and nation builders? Suppose that university was a public institution that gave preferential enrollment to the citizens of D.C.

“The countries of Asia, South and Central America, and Africa, not only require, but would be happy to accept American engineers, physicists, scientists, language teachers, and would also, if asked, provide teachers and assistant personnel to explain the most advanced research and development technologies required to build great railroads across Asia and Africa, power and water systems, and national public health-care systems for the globe. The university students would pay part of their tuition by teaching for two years in high schools throughout the U.S. and the globe. Priority would be given to deploying these young people into the poorest areas, in conjunction with
infrastructure projects. This is not a peace-corps proposal. It is a proposal to teach and to reproduce the most advanced inventions in science and technology, and to create machine tools that can give these technologies to these nations and to the poorest parts of our own nation. The university should be named "The Frederick Douglas Institute of Higher Learning", in honor of D.C.'s most positive role model for the self-transformation and high intellectual standard required of all the students and teachers therein employed.

“Clearly, the university must feature a medical school, and DC General must expand its role as a teaching hospital. Suppose we contrast with an artist's design, our vision of this area with that of the National Capital Planning Commission. Would not this vision properly respond to that challenge made by Dr. King to the political and financial elite of America in his March 31st speech?

“Nothing of this vision can possibly occur without an all-out fight and victory to save DC General, not for its own sake, but for the general welfare of all the people of the United States and all the people of the world.
ARev. Willy Wilson often speaks about two forms of time, time as Chronos, and time as Kairos. Sometimes in history, people find themselves capable of winning victories that create what we will call a simultaneity of historical time. In these moments, words such as those from the lips of Dr. King will sound for the living with as much energy and clarity as they did at the time they were first spoken. The intervening years melt away. The dead rise again to speak and even to walk in the form of people that they have never met. True ideas and truth are eternal, and there are times when a transparency occurs in history which allows each individual, acting as a citizen, to speak and walk in the paths of that truth. That, and nothing less, is the meaning of winning the battle of DC General.”

From a speech by Dennis Speed presented at the April 4th, 2001 town- meeting
of the “
Coalition to Save D.C. General Hospital” at Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.


Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift ev'ry voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list'ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark path has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun

Let us march on till victory is won.

In the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,

We have come, trading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who has by Thy might, led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,

True to our God, true to our native land.



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