Program

Featuring the King of Instruments and a Minnesota Legend JAROMIR WEINBERGER Polka and Fugue from “Shvanda” Catherine Rodland, Organ RICHARD STRAUSS Festive Processional Catherine Rodland, Organ DANIEL KALLMAN Fidelitas Roger Gomoll, Narrator INTERMISSION CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS Symphony No. 3 in C minor
Adagio–Allegro moderato Allegro moderato–Presto–Allegro moderato– Presto–Allegro moderato– Maestoso–Allegro– Piu allegro–Molto allegro

About the Artists
Paul Niemisto, conductor and founder of the CVRO in 1979, is a member of the St. Olaf College music faculty. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received additional conducting training at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg and at the American Symphony Orchestra League Institute. While in Canada during the 1970s he was a conductor of the Prince Edward Island Symphony and the South Shore Orchestra and was a playing member of the CBC Halifax Orchestra. Recently, he has been a regular summer traveler to Finland, where he teaches courses in conducting, performs in brass festivals, and conducts bands and orchestras. Since 1991 he has directed a Finnish-American brass ensemble, “Boys of America,” which has traveled widely and made recordings in the U.S. and Scandinavia. Daniel Kallman has established a reputation as a composer on several planes: composing for the young musician and youth audiences; composing worship music; and composing for orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles. He has written music for the National Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Plymouth Music Series, and has received performances by professional, regional and community ensembles throughout the country and abroad. He has been awarded grants by the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and the American Composers Forum. Catherine Rodland is associate professor of music at St. Olaf College, where she was a distinguished graduate in organ performance. She received her MM and DMA from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she was a student of Russell Saunders. Catherine is a prizewinner in several major organ performance competitions, including the 1994 and 1998 American Guild of Organists Young Artists Competition, and the 1994 Calgary International Organ Competition. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also a specialist in working with children’s choirs, coauthoring a book on the subject, presenting workshops, and touring her choir in England. Roger Gomoll’s career in public radio began in 1975 with Minnesota Public Radio. He served MPR for 23 years as a technician, arts reporter, classical music announcer, pledge drive director, and a station manager. He left MPR in 1998 to direct Heritage Halls, a non-profit museum. In 2000, public radio reclaimed him, and he currently works with radio stations around the country to improve their pledge drives. Gomoll is a pilot, a member of the Minnesota Soaring Club, and a tubist with the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the Rochester Civic Band. He resides in Rochester.

Catherine Rodland, Organ * * *

About Fidelitas
This work honors Joseph Lee Heywood, the substitute bank teller who was murdered by the Jesse James gang in Northfield during the robbery 125 years ago. "Fidelitas", the Latin word from which we derive the word "fidelity," describes the noble character of a person who remains steadfast and faithful to a calling. More broadly, the composition celebrates all those qualities that we as humans can and should aspire to: honesty, faithfulness, self-sacrifice—essential elements in a society where people live in peace and harmony with one another. To set the stage for the narration, three musical themes are introduced. The third and most prominent of these is a popular Civil War song, "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp". It was chosen to symbolize the profound impact that the war had on the Northfield raid, in which revenge by the Southern outlaws is believed to be a factor. The quotation of the Civil War tune ends in a tumult, which gradually subsides into more serene music to underscore the narration, compiled from quotations by Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln. Then a musical interlude introduces Heywood's "theme." The more substantial middle section of narration is excerpted from the eloquent discourse delivered at Heywood’s funeral by the Reverend D.L. Leonard. The Heywood theme follows in a more heroic setting, leading to the final narrative, which consists of further statements from the same famous Americans.

Personnel
Violin Mia Carlson, Concertmaster, Faribault Lisbeth Butler, Red Wing Rachel Fonstad, Northfield Bob Hanson, Northfield Kenny Knight, St. Olaf Deborah Knutson, Owatonna Gail Nelson, Northfield Lisa Olsen, Webster Hannah Reitz, Northfield Sarah Rinehart, Northfield Dave Weinhandl, Cannon Falls Viola John Metz, Northfield Anna Niemisto, Northfield Jerad Parish, St. Olaf Cello Emily Crawford, Red Wing Kyle Jacobson, Northfield Jane Rinehart, Northfield Cathy Rodland, Northfield Cello, continued Mary Zoe Scott, Northfield Susan Ward, St. Paul Patricia Wegner, Northfield Bass Bruce Jenson, Northfield Matthew Pollick, Carleton Flute and Piccolo Cathy Penning, Northfield Mary Zard, New Prague Clarinet Karen Frawley, Lakeville Kathy Szydlo, Northfield Oboe Cindy Breederland, Webster Brenda Rodgers, Prior Lake Bassoon William Child, Northfield Thea Groth, Northfield Horn Joan Behr, Northfield Trish Culbert, Faribault Tom Schnauber, Northfield Barb Wornson, Northfield Trumpet Josh Cameron, St. Olaf Drew Engquist, Northfield Lori Schulz, Faribault Trombone Mary Dunnewold, Northfield Bill Van Loh, Northfield Doug Rowe, Tuba Matt Pelikan, St. Olaf Percussion Gary Iseminger, Northfield Erik Kiesz, Owatonna Richard Wind, Northfield Piano Mary Davis, Northfield

TheNorthfieldArts Guild presentsThe

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Paul Niemisto,Conductor CatherineRodland, Organist RogerGomoll, Narrator

The Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra regrets the recent death of our cherished member, violinist Sophie Dahle, whose musicality and spirit were a significant part of our orchestra for many years. We dedicate our music making today to her loving memory.

Acknowledgments We are grateful to the Bethel Lutheran Church for making their sanctuary available for this concert. We extend thanks to the Northfield Community Education and Recreation Department and the music staff at Bridgewater Elementary School for providing rehearsal space for the CVRO. This concert is made possible in part by grants provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature. We greatly appreciate support by the Community National Bank

Music for a King and a Hero
Bethel Lutheran Church, Northfield Sunday, November 18, 2001 at 2:30 p.m.