Holiday Prelude Concert
Fall 2008 Concert Notes
Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Steel
Carol to the King - arr. Mack Wilberg
We will open our program with this majestic, regal processional that has an air of grandeur and pageantry. Operating on the Bolero principle of a quasi-ostinato growing inexorably to a massive climax, starting out in the distance, and getting closer and closer 'to bring the world a newborn King!'. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir introduced this piece last year as their concert opener.
Mighty Fortress - arr. Mark Hayes
A unique and exuberant arrangement of the classic Martin Luther hymn with vigorous rhythms and creative harmonies.
A Stable Lamp is Lighted - John Leavitt
From the cantata "What Child Is This", this poignant original anthem for Christmas looks ahead to the events of Palm Sunday and Holy Week with richly scored chorals.
Wonder of the Star - Tom Fettke
Based on a familiar Shaker tune, the captivating melody radiates with anticipation and life in the joyous journey of the Magi as they traveled in search of the newborn King.
Adeste Fideles - Greg Gilpin
With beauty and simplicity, the familiar Latin text is set to new music for men's voices.
March of the Christmas Children - Don Sebesky
A powerful Christmas piece destined to become a holiday classic. This sterling work begins from afar, in a majestic walking tempo. It builds and builds and finally fades into the distance.
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - John Gardner
Original melody utilizing the text from the traditional carol. Fresh and lively approach with tambourine and mixed meters.
Dormi Jesu - John Rutter
From the masterful pen of John Rutter, this haunting lullaby, skillfully arranged, contains warmth and an intensity of feeling, with lush choral harmonies.
Præludium Noël (Christmas Prelude) - Randol Bass
This medley highlights colorful lesser-known carols that include “Masters in This Hall”, "Rejoice, Rejoice Believers", "Gentle Mary Laid Her Child", "In the Bleak Midwinter", and ending with a glorious rendition of “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”.
Two Selections from A Caribbean Christmas Mass - Glenn McClure
A jazz waltz arrangement of "Silent Night" and samba arrangement of "Veni, Veni Emmanuel" - both with steel drums and Latin percussion.
David Lantz III
African Christmas Spiritual - David Lantz III
Exciting spiritual flavored with African and Latin percussion.
Marti Lunn Lantz
Japanese Snow Song - arr. Lori Brownsey & Marti Lunn Lantz
A delicate melody that swirls and twirls like the drifting snow. Four short Japanese phrases, alternating with lines in English bring to mind images of wintertime, with Asian-inspired percussion.
Tambourine Noel - Gordon Young
Also sung by the Mormon Tabernacle, the voices complement the tambourine in this lively carol.
Blue Christmas - arr. Kirby Shaw
Gorgeous a cappella arrangement of this timeless classic for women’s voices.
Torah Orah - arr. Brant Adams
Lively, bouncy arrangement of this traditional Hanukkah piece that will highlight our clarinetist extraordinaire - Claudia Mickelson.
That Little Baby! - Diane Wilkinson
We will pull out all the stops for our concert finale. Opening with a quote from “Joy to the World’, it explodes into a rousing and infectious gospel number. Absolutely riveting!