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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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.
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.
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!
1783 - 1826
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A SPANISH CHRISTMAS
We celebrate the diverse music of Hispanic origin with three eclectic examples.
James E. Bobb
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1906 - 1985
1909 - 1985
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.
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!
1900 - 1974
1911 - 1994
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.
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!"