Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2012 Concert Notes

Tina Johns Heidrich, Conductor
Joe Jacovino, Accompanist
Connecticut Master Chorale Holiday Brass and Steel

Sunday November 18, 2012 3:00 pm
St. Rose of Lima Church, Newtown, Connecticut

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  • Joyfully Sing – Brian D. Petersen

    Our program opens with this triumphant vision of the angelic rejoicing on the morning of Christ's birth.

  • Chris Dedrick

    Chris Dedrick
    1947 - 2010

    Emily Crocker

    Emily Crocker
    b. 1949

    Sweet Songs of Christmas – Chris Dedrick, arr. Emily Crocker

    This eloquent, expressive portrayal of the beauty and wonder of Christmas comes from the Canadian Brass' hit Christmas album "Noel!"

  • John Rutter

    John Rutter
    b. 1945

    Shepherd’s Pipe Carol – John Rutter

    One of John Rutter's earliest compositions, this joyous setting of a traditional text brought him immediate recognition and remains a favorite of singers and audiences alike.

  • Aaron Copland

    Aaron Copland
    1900 - 1990

    Horace Everett

    Horace Everett
    1927 - 2001

    The Promise of Living – Aaron Copland, lyrics by Horace Everett

    Also known as "The Thanksgiving Song", this iconic favorite from Aaron Copland's opera "The Tender Land", is an expressive hymn of thanks.

  • Lawrence McCoombe

    Lawrence McCoombe
    1943 - 2001

    Judah’s Land (Gentle Stranger) – arr. Lawrence McCoombe

    A stylish and flowing a cappella arrangement of the Appalachian Carol.

  • Mack Wilberg

    Mack Wilberg
    b. 1955

    Gloria Tibi Domine – Mack Wilberg

    An energetic and buoyant setting of the fifteenth-century English carol text, with for brass and percussion.

  • Tina Heidrich

    Tina Heidrich
    b. 1954

    Boar’s Head Carol – arr. Tina Heidrich

    The ancient ritual and the rousing holiday song, where the highly decorated dishes of the Christmas feast were presented to the company amid song, pomp and circumstance, with the great platter on which rested the boar's head given pride of place.

  • Theron Kirk

    Theron Kirk
    1919 - 1999

    A Festival of Carols – arr. Theron Kirk

    A colorful Christmas medley of familiar carols, including “Joy to the World”, “What Child Is This?”, “Fum, Fum, Fum”, “He Is Born”, “I Saw Three Ships”, and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


    • Michael Barrett

      Michael Barrett
      b. 1985

      African Advent Carol – Michael Barrett

      Part of the Christmas season is the anticipation of Jesus' coming, and in this original work, the growing expectation is captured and set free with African percussion. A quote of the traditional spiritual Kum Ba Yah fits right into the texture as the piece moves to an exciting finish. "Go tell the news - get ready for the King."

    • Ruth Elaine Schram

      Ruth Elaine Schram
      b. 1956

      Yoo, Yoo (Baby Won’t Sleep) – arr. Ruth Elaine Schram

      In this gentle setting of a Kenyan folk song, triadic harmonies in the voices are sometimes close and other times open to create breathtaking treble sonorities.

    • Rosephanye Powell

      Rosephanye Powell
      b. 1962

      Ogo ni fun Oluwa! (Glory to God in the Highest) – Rosephanye Powell

      An exuberant a cappella celebration of Christmas in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, with throbbing percussion and call-and-response vocal phrases.

  • Andy Beck

    Andy Beck
    b. 1961

    Light a Candle – Andy Beck

    This new creation begins with one voice and builds to many as we use the candle as a symbol of peace and enduring traditions, not only of Hanukkah, but of Christmas and Kwanza.

  • Tina Heidrich

    Tina Heidrich
    b. 1954

    A Greek New Year’s Carol – arr. Tina Heidrich

    A traditional Greek Carol celebrating St. Basil, the Santa Claus of the Greeks. January 1 is the feast day (or name day) of St. Basil. Children typically receive their Christmas presents on this day.

  • Gordon Krunnfusz

    Gordon Krunnfusz
    1931 - 2011

    Calypso Noel – Gordon Krunnfusz

    The classic Christmas song that started the "islands" carol craze, creating visions of a sunny and warm Christmas day, with steel drums to add a genuine Caribbean feel.

  • Tom Fettke

    Tom Fettke
    b. 1941

    Thomas Grassi

    Thomas Grassi
    b. 1970

    Pat-a-Pan Salsa – Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi

    With steel drums and Latin percussion instruments, the famous Burgundian carol has never sounded like this before!

  • Hugh Martin

    Hugh Martin
    1914 - 2011

    Ralph Blane

    Ralph Blane
    1914 - 1995

    Russ Robinson

    Russ Robinson
    b. 1956

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arr. Russ Robinson

    A gorgeous new a cappella setting of this timeless standard that was originally introduced by Judy Garland in 1944 in the cinema classic Meet Me in St. Louis.

  • Michael Sykes

    Michael Sykes
    b. 1958

    Suzanne Jennings

    Suzanne Jennings
    b. 1965

    Woody Wright

    Woody Wright
    b. 1957

    Lari Goss

    Lari Goss
    b. 1945

    He Drew the Line! – Michael Sykes, Suzanne Jennings, & Woody Wright; arr. Lari Goss

    From the brand new musical "Changed by a Baby Boy", this foot-stomping gospel number will be our rousing concert closer.