Our Premiere Concert!

Magnificat - John Rutter

Plus Holiday Selections
Fall 1999 Concert Notes

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra

Sue Yackel, Soprano

Sunday November 21, 1999 3:00 p.m.
St. Peter's Church, Danbury, Connecticut

- Soloist - Review - CD -

John Rutter's Magnificat (My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord) is considered his most significant contribution to choral literature. This outstanding composer's unique combination of beautiful melodies, sonorous harmonies and brilliant fanfares are evident throughout this glorious and uplifting work. The music reflects Rutter's images of people taking to the streets in countries such as Spain and Mexico during the feast days of the Virgin Mary, celebrating with singing, dancing and processions. The Magnificat will be performed with Sue Yackel, Soprano, Joseph Jacovino, Jr., keyboards, and the Connecticut Master Chorale Chamber Orchestra.

For the second part of the program, we will offer a prelude to the Holiday Season. Featured selections are:

  • Kumbaya , a unique and rousing Advent arrangement with percussion and many fascinating effects
  • I Believe , a great inspirational favorite combined with Ave Maria that builds to a powerful ending
  • Mary Did You Know?, a very touching poignant number
  • From the Mountain So Beautiful, an Austrian carol
  • Who's that Baby?, an exciting new spiritual
       - and to celebrate Hanukkah -
  • Light One Candle, that was popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary.

We will close the program with the majestic and powerful Christ Theme from the motion picture "Ben-Hur."