Holiday Prelude Concert
Fall 2005 Concert Notes
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Orchestra
– 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 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
This tranquil, serene selection has been a favorite since its composition nearly 30 years ago.
– 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
This inventive arrangement of the traditional folk song has a new text for Christmas - sweet and lovely all the way.
(‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime)
– arr. Jill Gallina
A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of this ever-popular Canadian carol.
– John Rutter
Rutter’s newly released stirring carol - with dancing rhythms, uplifting text and sounds of jubilation and praise.
(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.
(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
A brilliant, contemporary gospel work combining several traditional carols in a newly composed, spirited fashion that builds to an impressive finish.
– Brad Printz
A lush, poignant winter piece reminding us to value family and the love of those around us.
– David Lantz
Joyful and uplifting, this a cappella original spiritual has an infectious beat and spicy syncopations.
– Via Olatunji and Wendell Whalum
A remarkable Nigerian carol, complete with energetic African rhythms.
– Sally Albrecht
A rousing medley of three Israeli folksongs woven into a festive arrangement.
– 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!