Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2005 Concert Notes

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

Sunday November 20, 2005 - 3:00pm
St. Mary Church, Bethel, Connecticut

- Review - Concert Clips -
  • Tina Johns Heidrich

    Tina Heidrich

    Christmas Awakening
    – Tina Heidrich

    "Awake and Sing!" are the first words you will hear. With its glorious music and text, this original selection will immediately lift your spirits and put you in a Holiday mood.
  • Jean Anne Shafferman

    Jean Anne Shafferman

    A Jubilant Thanksgiving
    – Jean Anne Shafferman

    A thrilling song of thanks with text inspired by the Psalms. Lively syncopated melody that incorporates references to Come, Ye Thankful People, Come. The majestic finale includes a verse of Now Thank We All Our God.
  • John Rutter with Tina Johns Heidrich

    John Rutter
    with Tina

    Nativity Carol
    – John Rutter

    This tranquil, serene selection has been a favorite since its composition nearly 30 years ago.
  • Rene Clausen

    Rene Clausen

    Psalm 100
    – Rene Clausen

    Joy set to music! Newly engraved with Christmas lyrics, this is one of the most exuberant of scriptural texts in a rhythmic, exciting setting. The lightly dancing meter shifts and rousing "Alleluia’s" make this dynamic anthem positively electric.
  • Ruth Elaine Schram

    Ruth Elaine Schram

    Hush Little Baby
    – Ruth Elaine Schram

    This inventive arrangement of the traditional folk song has a new text for Christmas - sweet and lovely all the way.
  • Jill Gallina

    Jill Gallina

    Huron Carol
    (‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime)
    – arr. Jill Gallina

    A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of this ever-popular Canadian carol.
  • John Rutter

    John Rutter

    Rejoice and be Merry
    – John Rutter

    Rutter’s newly released stirring carol - with dancing rhythms, uplifting text and sounds of jubilation and praise.
  • Dave Brubeck

    Dave Brubeck

    (from Fiesta de la Posada)
    – Dave Brubeck

    A mariachi-flavored number from Brubeck’s choral pageant (Festival of the Inn), reflecting a Mexican Christmas festival and Latin American traditions.
  • Glenn McClure with Tina Johns Heidrich

    Glenn McClure
    with Tina

    Santo (with steel drums!)
    (from Caribbean Mass)
    – Glenn McClure

    A truly Latin Samba beat – lively and dance-like with driving rhythms - combined with a traditional Mexican melody. You won’t be able to sit still on this one!
  • Mark Hayes

    Mark Hayes

    Glad Tidings of Joy
    – Mark Hayes

    A brilliant, contemporary gospel work combining several traditional carols in a newly composed, spirited fashion that builds to an impressive finish.
  • Brad Printz

    Brad Printz

    Holiday Reflection
    – Brad Printz

    A lush, poignant winter piece reminding us to value family and the love of those around us.
  • David Lantz

    David Lantz

    Heard About a Newborn King!
    – David Lantz

    Joyful and uplifting, this a cappella original spiritual has an infectious beat and spicy syncopations.
  • Wendell Whalum

    Wendell Whalum

    – Via Olatunji and Wendell Whalum

    A remarkable Nigerian carol, complete with energetic African rhythms.
  • Sally Albrecht

    Sally Albrecht

    – Sally Albrecht

    A rousing medley of three Israeli folksongs woven into a festive arrangement.
  • Randol Bass

    Randol Bass

    Christmas Flourish
    – Randol Bass

    A joyful pastiche of three familiar carols (Joy to the World!, Silent Night, Angels We Have Heard on High) and one rather little known one (Shiloh by William Billings). This splendid medley is highlighted by unique treatment and subtle twists on familiar themes, all leading to a high note and triumphant finale!