Jean Berger, like Ruth Schonthal, became a rich addition to the roster of American composers as a consequence of Nazi persecution.
Not surprisingly, he called it the John Sheppard Press, thus translating Jean Berger into English, the language of his most hospitable adopted country.
For his Spanish settings, Jean Berger again partnered with strong poets.
Psalm 145:10-18 -- I sang many years in choirs and cannot read this psalm without hearing the famous Jean Berger
choral anthem ring in my ears.
The opening half of the concert concluded with adroitly performed choral songs by Jean Berger
and Ysaye M.
Afterward, the Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble by itself will sing Felix Mendelssohn's sacred motet "Denn er Hat Seinen Engeln Befohlen," Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel's Garten Lieder (Garden Songs), Jean Berger
's "A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays" and Ward Swingle's organ-like vocal arrangement of J.S.
There is something wrong with the world when the music of a gifted composer such as Jean Berger
is so terribly difficult to come by.
The concert also will include three songs from the serious choral literature of the 1960s: Knut Nystedt's "The Path of the Just," Jean Berger
's "A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays" and Pablo Casals' "O Vos Omnes."