Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2004 Concert Notes

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

Sunday November 21, 2004 - 3:00pm
St. Mary Church, Bethel, Connecticut

- Review - CD -
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ralph Vaughan Williams

John Rutter with Tina Johns Heidrich
John Rutter with
Tina Johns Heidrich

Mark Hayes
Mark Hayes

Joseph Martin
Joseph Martin

Don Besig with Nancy Price
Don Besig
with Nancy Price

Tom Fetke
Tom Fettke

Andre Thomas
André Thomas

Ruth Elaine Schram
Ruth Elaine Schram

Glenn McClure with Tina Johns Heidrich
Glenn McClure with
Tina Johns Heidrich
  • O Clap Your Hands! - Ralph Vaughan Williams
    A glorious, uplifting number with text from Psalm 147 for a powerful opening.
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful - John Rutter
    An elegant setting with Rutter’s original melody to celebrate Thanksgiving – very classic Rutter.
  • Shepherd’s Joy - Mark Hayes
    A unique and spirited Christmas selection with a Celtic flavor, modal harmonies and driving accompaniment.
  • Riu, Riu, Chiu - Traditional - arr. Noah Greenberg
    Member soloist: Tom Zarecki
    A festive arrangement of this well-known Spanish Carol.
  • Candlelight Carol - John Rutter
    An absolutely stunning carol with rich vocal harmonic textures.
  • Fantasy on Five Christmas Carols - arr. Mark Hayes
    An extended medley featuring a delightful array of five familiar carols.
  • This Christmastide - Donald Fraser
    This charming piece reflects all the traditional beauty of Christmas in a very special musical setting – a classic in Christmas choral literature.
  • Carol of the Faithful - Joseph Martin
    A dynamic and powerful triumphant song of praise based on "O Come All Ye Faithful", with wonderfully fresh harmonies, stirring syncopation and mixed meter.
  • Glory to the Lamb - Don Besig
    An animated swinging gospel number – a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
  • Ain’-a That Good News! (Christmas version) - Tom Fettke
    Vibrant new arrangement of this popular spiritual with Christmas text.
  • Mary Had a Baby (for men’s voices) - Victor Johnson
    A gorgeous number with an original minor-key melody and lush harmonies.
  • African Noel - arr. André Thomas
    An exceptional arrangement of this African carol – from its spirited opening, through Thomas’ own mixed-metered mid-section, to its stirring finish.
  • Balulalow (for women’s voices) - Ruth Elaine Schram
    A very touching, beautiful lullaby - wonderfully sensitive and expressive.
  • Bidi Bom (for Hanukkah) - David Eddleman
    A lively new composition to celebrate Hanukkah.
  • Guadalupe Magnificat - Glenn McClure (with steel drums!)
    Member soloists: Patricia Alworth, David Jurman, Cindy Peña

    This four movement work sets Mary’s prayer "Magnificat" (My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord) to Latin American musical gestures. The piece celebrates the unique Latin American spirituality that has grown out of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It opens with three themes that are woven together over a Calypso rhythm. The second movement is haunting and modal. The third movement utilizes some Latin American harmonic writing in the midst of standard choral singing. The fourth movement is completely infectious with pulsating and electrifying Samba rhythms. It builds and builds, and explodes into a dynamic and spectacular finale. You will not be able to sit still on this one!!!