Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2019 Concert Notes

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Steel

Sunday November 24, 2019 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut

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  • Tina Heidrich

    Tina Heidrich
    b. 1954

    Christmas Awakening! – Tina Heidrich

    Tina Johns Heidrich created this inspiring, vibrant work that combines the absolute joy of that very first Christmas morning, "Awake and Sing!", with passages from Isaiah that foretell His coming.

  • Larry Clark

    Larry Clark
    b. 1963

    Rae Moses

    Rae Moses
    b. 1955

    Bells of Joy – arr. Larry Clark and Rae Moses

    An outstanding choral medley of favorite carols with dramatic accompaniment includes Carol of the Bells, Joy to the World, What Child Is This? and We Three Kings.

  • David Rasbach

    David Rasbach
    b. 1955

    We Shall Light a Thousand Candles – David Rasbach

    A dynamic proclamation of the birth of the Savior, scored for a cappella SATB choir. Singers and audience members alike will be caught up in the exuberance of the text and the music!

  • Reginald Heber

    Reginald Heber
    1783 - 1826

    Shawn Kirchner

    Shawn Kirchner
    b. 1970

    Brightest and Best (Southern Harmony) – words by Reginald Heber; arr. Shawn Kirchner

    This energetic arrangement is based on a sturdy American hymn tune from Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion which was compiled in 1835. With the refrains growing in intensity following each verse, it culminates in a dramatic, a cappella outburst.

  • Joel Raney

    Joel Raney
    b. 1956

    John Parker

    John Parker
    b. 1966

    All on a Bethlehem Night – Joel Raney; words by John Parker

    A delightful retelling of the Christmas story, set in a charming calypso style with steel drums.

  • Ola Gjeilo

    Ola Gjeilo
    b. 1978

    Christina Rossetti

    Christina Rossetti
    1830 - 1894

    The Rose – Ola Gjeilo; words by Christina Rossetti

    We introduce Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo with this lovely nature poem wrapped in an ethereal soundscape of smoothly soaring vocal lines.

  • Kim André Arnesen

    Kim André Arnesen
    b. 1980

    Euan Tait

    Euan Tait
    b. 1968

    His Light in Us – Kim André Arnesen; words by Euan Tait

    Commissioned by the St. Olaf Choir for the 2016 St. Olaf Christmas Festival, this work is a thanksgiving, a song about the gift of a tiny child that suggests that only the nature of love is changeless. It sings about our renewed hope and how light now shines because Christmas is a new and refreshing gift; our hearts are renewed, and our hope is renewed.

  • David Avshalomov

    David Avshalomov
    b. 1946

    Chanukah Tonight! – David Avshalomov

    This exuberant song gives a glimpse of the legend, tradition, and modern observance of Chanukah: a lively syncopated setting that builds from the quiet placing of one more candle in the chanukiah (menorah) each night, to the bright celebration on the eighth night.

  • Tom Fettke

    Tom Fettke
    b. 1941

    A Carol Celebration – arr. Tom Fettke

    A stunning Christmas medley. It opens with the Swedish carol Rejoice It Is Christmastime, Choruses of O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful, the French carol Sing We Now of Christmas, the beloved Polish melody Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, to the final chorus, O Come, All Ye Faithful for a grand conclusion.

  • Sy Gorieb

    Sy Gorieb
    b. 1951

    Timothy Hosman

    Timothy Hosman
    b. 1962

    Tim Sarsany

    Tim Sarsany
    b. 1966

    A King is Born – Sy Gorieb and Timothy Hosman; arr. Tim Sarsany

    An infectious and driving calypso with with steel drums, bass and Latin percussion that will ignite the holiday spirit.


    We celebrate the diverse music of Hispanic origin with three eclectic examples.

    • James E. Bobb

      James E. Bobb
      b. 1964

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      Alberto Taulé
      1932 - 2007

      All Earth Is Hopeful – Alberto Taulé; arr. James E. Bobb

      Originally written for the St. Olaf Christmas Festival, this festive interpretation of Alberto Taulé's tune Toda la tierra features sections in Spanish and English as well as a percussion accompaniment.

    • Richard Zgodava

      Richard Zgodava
      1924 - 2011

      Carol of Joy (Alería) – arr. Richard Zgodava

      Jubilant setting of a Spanish folk song telling of the birth of Jesus with refrains of "Aleria" (joy) throughout.

    • Judith Herrington

      Judith Herrington
      b. 1950

      Duérmete, Mi Corazón – arr. Judith Herrington

      This exquisite arrangement of a Bolivian lullaby is elegant in its simplicity, with lyrical melodic lines and supportive accompaniment.

    • Greg Gilpin

      Greg Gilpin
      b. 1969

      A la Media Noche – arr. Greg Gilpin

      Spirited arrangement of the Puerto Rican carol. The playful "la la" section and syncopated verses are extra fun with the addition of hand claps and percussion.

  • Pinkzebra


    Remembering Decembers – Pinkzebra

    A nostalgic look back at treasured winter memories of past Decembers with hopeful thoughts of creating new and lasting memories in the present. Pinkzebra is the interesting pseudonym of a well-known music producer and composer.

  • Paul Smith

    Paul Smith
    1906 - 1985

    Don Raye

    Don Raye
    1909 - 1985

    Mac Huff

    Mac Huff
    b. 1955

    Jing-a-Ling, Jing-a-Ling – Paul Smith; words by Don Raye; arr. Mac Huff

    This bright and cheerful sleigh ride song was recorded and made famous by the Andrews Sisters in the 1950's.

  • Louis Prima

    Louis Prima

    Larry Shackley

    Larry Shackley
    b. 1956

    What Will Santa Claus Say? – Louis Prima; arr. Larry Shackley

    From the great singer, trumpeter and bandleader Louis Prima comes this 1936 Big Band style swing tune that will dance its way into your heart!

  • Kim Gannon

    Kim Gannon
    1900 - 1974

    Walter Kent

    Walter Kent
    1911 - 1994

    Paul Langford

    Paul Langford
    b. 1967

    I'll Be Home for Christmas – Kim Gannon and Walter Kent; arr. Paul Langford

    Written in 1943 in the midst of WWII, and first recorded by Bing Crosby, this classic Christmas song is presented in a jazzy style that adds sparkle to the traditional version we all know.

  • Wayne Haun

    Wayne Haun
    b. 1972

    Joel Lindsey

    Joel Lindsey
    b. 1961

    Ernie Hasse

    Ernie Haase
    b. 1964

    Every Light that Shines at Christmas – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey, and Ernie Haase; arr. Wayne Haun

    We close our program with this high energy modern gospel song that delivers an unmistakable Christmas truth: "Every light that shines at Christmas shouts 'Hallelujah, Christ is born!"