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Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food & Gratitude

autumnHosted by John Birge. Music and words brought together in a thoughtful reflection on the meaning of the holiday. Two best-selling writers join the table in 2011: Nora Ephron and Roy Blount, Jr. Classical music is the heart and soul of Giving Thanks, and this year's selections include classics from Bach, Copland, as well as the world premiere performance of Table Grace, Matthew Brown's choral setting of a grace by Garrison Keillor, sung by VocalEssence.

Sponsored by: Davidson College Friends of the Arts and Blossom Shop
Program Schedule
November 26, 2009
Autumn treeHOUR I

Traditional (arr. Kremser): We Gather Together
Boston Pops/John Williams

Tchaikovsky:
November from The Seasons
Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Constantine Orbelian

John Updike reads two November poems

Stephen Reynolds: Chanson d'Automne
Stephen Hough, piano

John Updike reads his poem "To a Skylark"

Traditional, arr. Peter Hope: The Lark in the Clear Air
Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland

Haydn: Hunting Chorus from "The Seasons: Autumn"
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner

Bill Holm reads "The Island of Pheasants on the West Eighty"

Mozart: Laudate Dominum
Barbara Bonney, soprano, English Concert/Trevor Pinnock

Mozart: "Haffner" Serenade: Rondo
Pamela Frank, violin, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra/David Zinman

Pamela Frank's Thanksgiving Stuffing from Hell

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 1: 3rd movement
Pamela Frank, violin; Claude Frank, piano

Kevin Kling reads Prayer from "The Dog Says How"

HOUR II

Don Ray: The Joys of Daily Living from "Homestead Dances"
Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra/Derek Gleeson

Carl Sandburg: Happiness -Read by Studs Terkel

Alan Menken: Lincoln
Studio Orchestra

Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863 -Read by Dan Olson.

Anne Frank: From "Diary of a Young Girl" -Read by Ellen Kushner

Leonard Bernstein: Simple Song from "Mass"
Roberta Alexander, soprano

Kevin Kling reads Grace from "Holiday Inn"

Marcel Grandjany: Automne
Anne-Marguerite Michaud, harp

From Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," Chartres Cathedral story; Psalm 104 - Read by Charles Laughton

Traditional: We Gather Together (arr. Stephen Paulus)
Dale Warland Singers
November 22, 2007

autumn treeSpecial Guests:
humorist Calvin Trillin; Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna Quindlen; poet Bill Holm; Lynne Rossetto-Kasper, host of 'The Splendid Table'; Ellen Kushner, host of 'Sound and Spirit'

Selections:
Traditional (arr. Kremser): We Gather Together
Boston Pops/John Williams
Philips CD 454391

Howard Cable: Seasons’ Celebrations: Thanksgiving Day (Point Pelee Reverie)
Symphony Nova Scotia
CBC CD 5226

Anna Quindlen on family Thanksgiving gatherings

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason: Harvest Home Suite: Overture & Thanksgiving Hymn
Nashville Chamber Orchestra
EMI CD 56720

Calvin Trillin on spaghetti carbonara for Thanksgiving

Claudio Monteverdi: Mass of Thanksgiving (selections)
Taverner Consort
EMI CD 49876

Stephen Reynolds: Chanson d'automne
Stephen Hough, p
Hyperion CD 67267

Percy Grainger: Harvest Hymn
Martin Jones, p
Nimbus CD 5220

Poem: "Rich Dessert," by Shirley Ensrud [read by Ellen Kushner]

Copland: The Tender Land: The Promise of Living
Cincinnati Pops
Telarc CD 80117

Poem: "Lemon Pie" by Bill Holm

Steven Heitzeg: Farmhouse Memories & Tallgrass Prairie Waltz
Laura Sewell, vc; Tom Linker, p
Innova CD 533

Haydn: Give to God Our Thankful Songs
Psalmody
Hyperion 67150

Anna Quindlen reads from her book "A Short Guide to a Happy Life"

HOUR 2

Thierry Rougier: The Four Seasons: Autumn
Xuefei Yang, g
GSP 1028

Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody ("Simple Gifts")
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Delos CD 3163

Reading: "How to be Cheerful Though Starving" by M. F. K. Fischer [read by Lynne Rossetto Kasper]

Bernstein: Candide: Make our Garden Grow
Boston Pops
Sony 48224

Calvin Trillen reads "Spaghetti Carbonara Day" from his book "The Tummy Trilogy"

Moravian: Lovefeast of Thanksgiving (selections)
Boston Baroque
Telarc CD 80482

Anna Quindlen on the hardest Thanksgiving

Vladimir Martynov: Come In
Gidon Kremer, v
Kremerata Baltica
Nonesuch CD 79582

Reading: From Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," Chartres Cathedral story; Psalm 104
Read by Charles Laughton
Capitol LP TBO 1650 (out-of-print)

Traditional (arr. Stephen Paulus)
We Gather Together
Dale Warland Singers
Gothic CD 49243



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