Concert Programs

USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia Concert Program

December 2, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Baroque Sinfonia is directed by Rotem Gilbert and Jason Yoshida in Une jeune pucelle: French Baroque Noels And Dances featuring guest performer Mary Vanhoozer on hurdy-gurdy.


La Bourée I-III

Michael Praetorius


Michael Praetorius

In Nativitatem Domini canticum, H.314

Marc-Antoine Charpentier


Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Chaconne des Scaramouches trivelins et arlequin

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Regina coeli

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Bransle de Champagaine, Book 5: XI-XIV

Claude Gervaise

Tous les Bourgeois de Chastre

French Traditional

Noëls sur des instruments, H.534
    “Les Bourgeois de Chastre”
    “Où s’en vont ces guays bergers?”
    “Or nous dites Marie”
    “A la venuë de Noël”

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Pour un reposoir

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Ave Verum

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Noëls Provençaux
    “Guillô, pran ton tamborin!”
    “I’a proun de gènt”

Nicolas Saboly

Joseph est bien marié

French Traditional

Messe de Minuit, H.9

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

About the Artists

USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia is an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through the mid-18th centuries. Founded in 1986 by James Tyler, the ensemble is currently led by early music program director Adam Knight Gilbert and Rotem Gilbert. The Baroque Sinfonia consists of graduate students majoring in early music, graduate students of modern instruments and classical voice minoring in early music, and a small but growing number of undergraduate students, all performing four different programs each year. With the support of scholarships from the Colburn Foundation and funds from the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia has won the Early Music America Collegium Grant in 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2022, travelling to the Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals. The ensemble’s recording of British broadside ballads D’ye Hear the News, supported by the USC-EMSI for the Yale University Press, can be heard online at iTunes U. Its performances have been heard on National Public Radio and can be enjoyed on YouTube. Current members and alumni perform, research, and teach around the world.
Mary Vanhoozer, Guest Artist
A creative and versatile musician, pianist and hurdy gurdy player Mary Vanhoozer has performed solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the United States, as well as Scotland and Switzerland. In 2018 she released her debut album for solo piano, From Leipzig to LA, which features the complete keyboard partitas of J. S. Bach, as well as a commissioned piece, Partita Picosa, composed by Josh Rodriguez. In 2021, Mary made her Los Angeles debut on hurdy gurdy joining the critically acclaimed Ciaramella Ensemble for a concert of renaissance dances. Most recently, she has released an album featuring music from John Playford’s Dancing Master and John Hilton’s Catch That Catch Can. The album weaves the tunes into conversation with one another other, featuring arrangements for hurdy gurdy and violin. She performs on an instrument built by the French luthier, Jacques Grandchamp. Mary holds degrees in piano performance from Wheaton College Conservatory (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (D.M.A).

Text & Translations

In nativitatem domini canticum
Quem vidistis pastores dicite,
Annuntiate nobis in terra quis apparuit,
Natum vidimus, natum ex virgine,
Parvulum qui natus est nobis,
Filium qui datus est nobis,
Et choros Angelorum collaudantes eum.
Notum fecit Dominus salutare suum,
Revelavit in terra justitiam suam.
Psallite Domino in cithara et voce psalmi;
In tubis ductilibus, et voce tubæ corneæ.
Flumina plaudant manu,
Montes exultent a conspectu ejus,
Quoniam venit salvare terram.

“Whom did you see, shepherds, speak,
tell us who has appeared on earth?”
“We saw the son was given to the Virgin,
For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us,
And choirs of angels praising the Lord.”
The Lord has made known his salvation,
And has revealed his justice on earth.
Praise the Lord with harp and the singing of Psalms,
With long trumpets and sound of the horn,
The rivers shall clap their hands,
The mountains shall ring out with joy
When he comes to the world with salvation.
Regina Cœli
Regina cœli, lœtare, alleluia: 
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, 
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
For He whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen, as He said, alleluia,
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Tous les Bourgeois de Chastre
Tous les Bourgeois de Chastre
Et ceux de Montléry
Menez tout’ grande joye
Cette journée icy
Qui naquit Jesus Christ
De la Vierge Marie
Où le bœuf & l’ânon, don, don,
Entre lesquels coucha, la, la,
En une bergerie.

All the people of Châtres
And those of Montléry
Are rejoicing greatly
On this very day
When Jesus Christ was born
Of the Virgin Mary
Next to the ox and the ass (don, don)
Between whom He laid (la, la)
In a stable.
Ave verum
Ave, verum corpus natum
de Maria Virgine:
vere passum, immolatum
in cruce pro homine:
cuius latus perforatum
fluxit aqua et sanguine:
esto nobis praegustatum,
in mortis examine.
O Jesu dulcis, O Jesu pie,
O Jesu Fili Mariae.
Miserere mei. Amen.

Hail the true body, born
from the Virgin Mary:
You who truly suffered and were sacrificed
on the cross for the sake of man.
From whose pierced flank
flowed water and blood:
Be a foretaste for us
in the trial of death.
O sweet Jesus, O merciful,
O Jesus, Son of Mary.
Have mercy on me. Amen.
Joseph est bien marié
Joseph est bien marié,
A la Fille de Jessé:
C’étoit chose bien nouvell,
Que d’être mere et pucelle,
Dieu y a bien operé,

Joseph est bien marié.
Et quand ce vint au premier
Que Dieu nous voulut sauver,
Il fit en terre descendre
Son seul Fils Jesus pour prendre
En Marie humanité,
Joseph est bien marié.

Joseph has married well
To the daughter of Jesse.
It’s a fine new thing,
To be both a mother and a virgin,
God has done well,

Joseph has married well.
And when it came to pass,
That God wished to save us,
He sent to earth descending
His only son Jesus, to take
Through Mary, human form.
Joseph has married well.
Messe de Minuit
    Kyrie eleison,
    Christe eleison,
    Kyrie eleison.
    Lord have mercy,
    Christ have mercy,
    Lord have mercy.
    Gloria in excelsis Deo.
    Et in terra pax hominibus bonae voluntatis.
    Laudamus te. Benedicimus te.
    Adoramus te. Glorificamus te.
    Gratias agimus tibi propter magnam gloriam tuam.
    Domine Deus, Rex caelestis, Deus Pater omnipotens.
    Domine Fili unigenite, Iesu Christe.
    Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Filius Patris.
    Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis.
    Qui tollis peccata mundi, suscipe
    deprecationem nostram.
    Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris, miserere nobis.
    Quoniam tu solus Sanctus. Tu solus Dominus.
    Tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe.
    Cum Sancto Spiritu, in gloria Dei Patris.

    Glory be to God on high,
    and on earth peace, good will towards men.
    We praise thee, we bless thee,
    we worship thee, we glorify thee,
    we give thanks to thee for thy great glory,
    O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
    O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;
    O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
    that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us.
    Thou that takest away the sins of the world, receive our prayer.
    Thou that sittest at the right hand of God
    the Father, have mercy upon us.
    For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord;
    thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,
    art most high in the glory of God the Father.


USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
Yue Qian, Baroque violin
Diana Dawydchak, Baroque violin
Prosper Luchart, Baroque viola & percussion
Ella Sharpe, viola da gamba
Mana Azimi, triple harp
Alejandro Acosta, theorbo
Robert Wang, theorbo
Joseph Douglass, Baroque guitar
Jason Yoshida, theorbo*
Phillip Matsuura, harpsichord
Hejun Yang, harpsichord
Luis Lechuga-Espadas, recorder
Rotem Gilbert, recorder*
Adam Gilbert, recorder, Baroque bassoon*
Mary Vanhoozer, hurdy gurdy**
*Early Music Instructor

Marina Hovhannisyan, soprano
Ellie Walters, soprano
David Yang, alto
Evan Llafet, tenor
Connor Scott, baritone
USC Thornton Early Music Faculty
Adam Gilbert, Program Director
Rotem Gilbert, Early Music Ensemble
Jason Koji Yoshida, plucked strings
Jennifer Kampani, voice
Lot Demeyer, Baroque oboe
Maxine Eilander, triple harp
Ian Pritchard, harpsichord