Holiday Prelude Concert
Fall 2007 Concert Notes
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Steel
Anna Laura Page
Ruth Elaine Schram
- Welcome all Wonders - Richard Dirksen
These are the first words you will hear in this lively opening. The rousing brass fanfare and exuberant chorus will immediately lift your spirits and put you in a holiday mood.
- Tapestry of Thanks - arr. Anna Laura Page and Jean
A majestic Thanksgiving medley. Unique texts are joined by three great hymns to create a refreshing hymn concertato.
- Angel Gabriel - arr. Robert A.M. Ross
A lovely Basque carol with a haunting theme and lush harmonies.
- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Steve Dunn
A fresh new melody in a Celtic-style setting – stirring from beginning to end.
- Carol of the Stable Dog - Corlynn Hanney
A tender and poignant carol of a dialogue between Mary and the stable dog; he had nothing to give a king but would stay by her side and keep her safe all through that night.
- Star Carol - John Rutter
The masterful pen of this prolific composer created this marvelous Christmas selection that has become a Christmas tradition.
- Still, Still, Still - arr. Audrey Snyder
The treasured Austrian folk carol presented in a warm, lyrical setting for men's voices that is peaceful and serene.
- Christmas Garland - Conrad Susa
A glittering tapestry blending creative arrangements of many beloved carols in a joyous celebration of Christmas. The cries of "Noel, Noel" in the choir serve as the "garland" that weaves throughout the medley of carols ending in a triumphant finale of Joy to the World.
- They Had Joy! - Chris Machen
A spectacular and joyous declaration of what the Wise Men felt – contagious southern-style gospel that is swinging and full of life.
- Hodie - Glenn McClure
From a new work Caribbean Christmas Mass by this nationally renowned composer, this salsa-style movement features steel drums and Latin percussion accompaniment.
- African Lullaby - Ruth Elaine Schram
A tender, timeless song based on the Ugandan Lullaby "Mwana Wange" – it paints a touching and gentle picture of the intimacy of the nativity.
- Mary’s Little Boy Child - Jester Hairston
Calypso-style classic with a distinctive island flair with steel drums and Latin percussion.
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas - arr. Mac Huff
A simply gorgeous a cappella arrangement of this timeless classic.
- Al Hanissim - arr. Joshua Jacobson
A spirited, dance-like number featuring a rousing clarinet part to celebrate Hanukkah.
- Twelve Days of Christmas - arr. Bob Chilcott
Vibrant and fresh new arrangement by Bob Chilcott of the King's Singers – a dynamic setting in which the "five gold rings" refrain is re-written each time to appear in an array of innovative and amazing guises all-out great fun!