Holiday Prelude Concert
Fall 2012 Concert Notes
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Steel
Joyfully Sing – Brian D. Petersen
Our program opens with this triumphant vision of the angelic rejoicing on the morning of Christ's birth.
1947 - 2010
Sweet Songs of Christmas – Chris Dedrick, arr. Emily Crocker
This eloquent, expressive portrayal of the beauty and wonder of Christmas comes from the Canadian Brass' hit Christmas album "Noel!"
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol – John Rutter
One of John Rutter's earliest compositions, this joyous setting of a traditional text brought him immediate recognition and remains a favorite of singers and audiences alike.
1900 - 1990
1927 - 2001
The Promise of Living – Aaron Copland, lyrics by Horace Everett
Also known as "The Thanksgiving Song", this iconic favorite from Aaron Copland's opera "The Tender Land", is an expressive hymn of thanks.
1943 - 2001
Judah’s Land (Gentle Stranger) – arr. Lawrence McCoombe
A stylish and flowing a cappella arrangement of the Appalachian Carol.
Gloria Tibi Domine – Mack Wilberg
An energetic and buoyant setting of the fifteenth-century English carol text, with for brass and percussion.
Boar’s Head Carol – arr. Tina Heidrich
The ancient ritual and the rousing holiday song, where the highly decorated dishes of the Christmas feast were presented to the company amid song, pomp and circumstance, with the great platter on which rested the boar's head given pride of place.
1919 - 1999
A Festival of Carols – arr. Theron Kirk
A colorful Christmas medley of familiar carols, including “Joy to the World”, “What Child Is This?”, “Fum, Fum, Fum”, “He Is Born”, “I Saw Three Ships”, and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
AN AFRICAN CHRISTMAS:
African Advent Carol – Michael Barrett
Part of the Christmas season is the anticipation of Jesus' coming, and in this original work, the growing expectation is captured and set free with African percussion. A quote of the traditional spiritual Kum Ba Yah fits right into the texture as the piece moves to an exciting finish. "Go tell the news - get ready for the King."
Ruth Elaine Schram
Yoo, Yoo (Baby Won’t Sleep) – arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
In this gentle setting of a Kenyan folk song, triadic harmonies in the voices are sometimes close and other times open to create breathtaking treble sonorities.
Ogo ni fun Oluwa! (Glory to God in the Highest) – Rosephanye Powell
An exuberant a cappella celebration of Christmas in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, with throbbing percussion and call-and-response vocal phrases.
Light a Candle – Andy Beck
This new creation begins with one voice and builds to many as we use the candle as a symbol of peace and enduring traditions, not only of Hanukkah, but of Christmas and Kwanza.
A Greek New Year’s Carol – arr. Tina Heidrich
A traditional Greek Carol celebrating St. Basil, the Santa Claus of the Greeks. January 1 is the feast day (or name day) of St. Basil. Children typically receive their Christmas presents on this day.
1931 - 2011
Calypso Noel – Gordon Krunnfusz
The classic Christmas song that started the "islands" carol craze, creating visions of a sunny and warm Christmas day, with steel drums to add a genuine Caribbean feel.
Pat-a-Pan Salsa – Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
With steel drums and Latin percussion instruments, the famous Burgundian carol has never sounded like this before!
1914 - 2011
1914 - 1995
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arr. Russ Robinson
A gorgeous new a cappella setting of this timeless standard that was originally introduced by Judy Garland in 1944 in the cinema classic Meet Me in St. Louis.
He Drew the Line! – Michael Sykes, Suzanne Jennings, & Woody Wright; arr. Lari Goss
From the brand new musical "Changed by a Baby Boy", this foot-stomping gospel number will be our rousing concert closer.