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Folk Songs Galore!

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, 7 p.m.

Finke Recital Hall: Blinn College-Brenham

Dr. Daniel Johnson, Lyric Baritone

Mary Ann Hatfield, Pianist

Favorites from the American Folk Tradition

All through the Night
Welsh carol
arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
(b. 1956)
Go 'Way from My Window
American Folk Song
arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
American Folk Ballad
arr. Jay Althouse
(b. 1951)
American Folk Song
arr. Jay Althouse
Old Dan Tucker
American Folk Song
arr. Jay Althouse

Old American Songs

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Set 1 (1950)

No. 1 "The Boatman's Dance" (1843; Minstrel song)

No. 2 "The Dodger" (Campaign song)

No. 3 "Long Time Ago" (Ballad)

No. 4 "Simple Gifts" (Shaker Song)

No. 5 "I Bought Me a Cat" ( Roud Folk Song Index No. 544)

Set 2 (1952)

No. 1 "The Little Horses" (Lullaby)

No. 2 "Zion's Walls" (Revivalist song)

No. 3 "The Golden Willow Tree" (Anglo-American ballad)

No. 4 "At the River" (Hymn Tune)

No. 5 "Ching-a-Ring Chaw" (Minstrel song)

5-Minute Intermission

Folksong Arrangements

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Volume 3: British Isles (1947)

No. 1 "The Plough Boy" (Tune by W. Shield)

No. 2 "There's none to soothe" ( Hullah's Song-Book; Scottish)

No. 3 "Sweet Polly Oliver" (Old English tune)

No. 4 "The Miller of Dee" ( Hullah's Song-Book; English)

No. 5 "The foggy, foggy dew (from Suffolk)

No. 6 "O Waly, Waly" (from Somerset)

No. 7 "Come you not from Newcastle?" ( Hullah's Song-Book; English)

Volume 1: British Isles (1943)

No. 1 "The Salley Gardens" (Irish Tune)

No. 2 "Little Sir William" (Somerset Folk Song)

No. 3 "The Bonny Earl o' Moray" (Scottish Tune)

No. 4 "O can ye sew cushions?" (Scottish Tune)

No. 5 "The trees they grow so high" (Somerset Folk Song)

No. 6 "The Ash Grove" (Welsh Tune)

No. 7 "Oliver Cromwell" (Nursery Rhyme from Suf)

The Performers

Daniel Johnson, lyric baritone, D.M.A.,
completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Utah (2018), where he studied vocal performance and vocology with Dr. Seth Keeton and Dr. Lynn Maxfield, respectively. Dr. Johnson is well-known for his concert work, especially with the University’s Baroque Student Music Group, with whom he presented the Utah première of Die andere Kaffeekantate, composed by an anonymous contemporary of J. S. Bach. In May 2018 he sang the baritone role in Carmina burana with the American West Symphony, and in 2020 he performed Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with Blinn College’s combined choirs and chamber musicians.

He is also a passionate song recitalist, most recently presenting a program entitled I’m Off to See the World!: A Tour around Europe in Honor of our Spring 2022 Graduates at Blinn College (May 2022).

Also known for his operatic performances, Dr. Johnson performed several roles with the University of Utah’s Lyric Opera Ensemble, including Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Sergeant Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Maximilian in Candide, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, and Ebenezer Scrooge in the 2016 world première of Michael Leavitt’s A Christmas Carol, with a reprise in the 2017 season. He most recently performed the Marchese from La Traviata with St. George Opera (March 2020).

In his February 2018 capstone recital, Dr. Johnson collaborated with the University of Utah’s Opera Workshop to present a chronological and historical examination of Leonard Bernstein’s compositions and his effect on American culture. Furthermore, Dr. Johnson’s April 2018 dissertation (Trouble in Tahiti: Bernstein’s American Opera) specifically examines that work’s unique influence on American music and culture.

Dr. Johnson also excels as a vocal pedagogue and coach. He has taught privately and at the collegiate level for over ten years, and in 2017, he became a certified vocologist through the National Center for Voice and Speech's Summer Vocology Institute. He is an experienced music theory and aural skills trainer as well.

Dr. Johnson joined the voice faculty at Blinn College in January 2019 and currently assists with the choral and music theory programs while maintaining a thriving private voice studio, both at the college and independently. He currently resides in Brenham, Texas, with his wife, Adele, and their three sons.

Mary Ann Hatfield, piano,
began playing the piano at the age of 3 and hasn’t stopped since! She took many lessons through her school years from various teachers, and after graduating from La Grange High School in 1977, she attended Texas Lutheran University and the University of Houston, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

She has taught music in private and public schools, as well as many individual piano and organ lessons. She has served as organist at various churches since she was 13 years old, and has provided music for countless weddings, funerals, and community events. She was the pianist and vocalist in the Gus Lindemann Orchestra for many years and has served as accompanist for the Fayette County Chorale and music director of several area musicals, such as the Fate of Fayette and the Heart of the Tin Trunk. She currently teaches piano lessons at Encore Piano Studio in La Grange and is enjoying being a part-time accompanist for the Blinn College Choirs.

She is married to Dr. Larry Hatfield, and they have four children and six grandchildren!