Holiday Prelude Concert
Fall 2017 Concert Notes
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass
Sunday November 19, 2017 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut
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Jeffery L. Ames
Gloria Fanfare – Jeffery L. Ames
Opening with a resplendent brass fanfare, jubilation and majesty combine in this dramatic new "Gloria in Excelsis Deo!".
It Is Good to Give Thanks – Dan Forrest
Bright and spirited setting of Psalm 92.
Sir John Goss
See Amid the Winter's Snow – Sir John Goss; lyrics by Edward Caswall; arr. Dan Forrest
Dan Forrest has created a stunning, ethereal arrangement of the lovely English carol.
Yahweh, Hear Our Pleas – Randy Vader and Jay Rouse
Intriguing Advent offering that brings excitement with an increasing tempo throughout.
Birthday in a Manger – arr. Pepper Choplin
"Away in a Manger" and "Happy Birthday" (to Jesus) are blended together in this gentle, tender creation.
A CELTIC CHRISTMAS
An eclectic grouping featuring three diverse Celtic pieces.
Christmas Pipes – Brendan Graham; arr. John Leavitt
"It's good to be home" and all the things that make Christmas special are included in this joyous number popularized by Celtic Woman.
Michael W. Smith
A Highland Carol – Michael W. Smith; arr. Tom Fettke and Thomas Grassi
The spirit of the Highlands is combined with traditional Christmas texts in a distinctive Celtic carol.
Journey of the Angels – Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan; arr. Kirby Shaw
Another hypnotic classic from Enya creates an atmosphere of peace, comfort, and nostalgia.
Christmas in the Great Hall – arr. Mark Hayes
A majestic choral fantasy featuring unique arrangements of seven time-honored carols.
African Star Carol – Michael Barrett
The traditional South African tune Siyahamba is incorporated into this spirited piece with African rhythms.
La Trulla - (The Caroling) – arr. Robert DeCormier
Caroling from house to house is a popular Puerto Rican tradition as reflected in this joyful song.
Something Told the Wild Geese – Andy Beck; words by Rachel Field
Hauntingly beautiful melodic lines evoking the marvelous imagery in this classic Rachel Field poem.
John C. Reim
The Light in the Night – John C. Reim
Calypso-style combining joyful rhythms with the essence of the Christmas story.
Mary, Mary! – Ken Berg
An unusual Big Band version of the well-known spiritual.
Judith Clurman b. 1953
Stephen Schwartz b. 1948
We Are Lights (The Chanukah Song) – Stephen Schwartz; arr. Ryan Nowlin; words by Steve Young; edited by Judith Clurman
A lyrical and expressive original by the celebrated Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz.
That's What I Want for Christmas – E.E. Lawrence; arr. Paul Langford
This jazzy Christmas standard was first made famous by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
Believe (from The Polar Express) – Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard
A fantastic arrangement of the inspirational ballad from the movie "The Polar Express", originally recorded by Josh Groban.
Down in Bethlehem – John Darin Rowsey; arr. Lari Goss
An exhilarating retelling of the Christmas story - filled with the spirit of joy, energy and excitement found only in gospel music!