Holiday Prelude Concert

Fall 2022 Concert Notes

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

Sunday November 20, 2022 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut

- Admission: $20 at the Door - Directions -
  • Douglas E. Wagner

    Douglas E. Wagner
    b. 1952

    Christmas Gloria – Douglas Wagner

    This festive selection is a burst of Christmas joy, evoking the angels singing in the sky to mark the birth of the Savior. A quiet inner section reflects on seeing the tiny child in the manger before the opening ebullience returns in a blaze of glory.

  • Trevor Manor

    Trevor Manor
    b. 1985

    Unto Us a Son is Born – Trevor Manor

    This is a beautifully crafted and lively arrangement of the carol Puer nobis nascitur, with English translation by the arranger. "Unto us a Son is born; 'Welcome, holy Stranger!' Let us go this happy morn and see Him in the manger..."

  • George Fredric Handel

    George Fredric Handel
    1685 - 1759

    Lowell Mason

    Lowell Mason
    1792 - 1872

    Isaac Watts

    Isaac Watts
    1674 - 1748

    Dan Forrest

    Dan Forrest
    b. 1978

    Joy to the World – George Fredric Handel; arr. Lowell Mason; words by Isaac Watts; arr. Dan Forrest

    You haven't heard Joy to the World like this before! – This Irish traditional music experience pairs the well-known carol with a newly composed Irish flair, The result is an explosion of joy that you simply must hear to believe!

  • Pepper Choplin

    Pepper Choplin
    b. 1957

    Little Drop of Heaven – Pepper Choplin

    Creative lyrics pair with a melodic hook in this Advent a cappella anthem bursting with character.

  • Ola Gjeilo

    Ola Gjeilo
    b. 1978

    Ecce Novum – Ola Gjeilo

    This gorgeous setting of the Ecce Novum Latin text (Behold, a new joy!) reflects the gentle wonder of the story of Christmas. Found on his album "Winter Songs", this lovely choral setting features lyrical vocal lines, extended phrases, and a flowing texture.

  • Jay Althouse

    Jay Althouse
    b. 1951

    Look-A That Star – Jay Althouse

    Energetic a cappella Christmas spiritual for tenor and bass voices. The simple harmonies and rhythmic pulse propel this piece from beginning to end. Features dynamic contrasts, a lush middle section and solo.

  • Lisa Loeb

    Lisa Loeb
    b. 1968

    Cliff Goldmacher

    Cliff Goldmacher
    b. 1968

    Andy Beck

    Andy Beck
    b. 1961

    Light – Lisa Loeb and Cliff Goldmacher; arr. Andy Beck

    Originally recorded by famed singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, this folk-infused ballad is a fresh take on the miracle of Hanukkah. Perfect with a guitar-inspired piano accompaniment, this reflective change-of-pace holiday choral features a rhythmic flow and pop-style harmonies. "Let the light shine in the window. When you think it's almost gone, there is still hope."

  • Linda Spevacek-Avery

    Linda Spevacek-Avery
    b. 1945

    A Garland of Carols – arr. Linda Spevacek-Avery

    A celebratory setting of 12 traditional favorites for choir, keyboard, brass quartet and percussion. Titles include: I Saw Three Ships, Fum Fum Fum, March of the Kings, Coventry Carol, Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella, Christ Was Born on Christmas Day, Patapan, Mary Had a Baby, Go, Tell it on The Mountain, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Holly and the Ivy, and Wassail Song.

  • Alan Billingsley

    Alan Billingsley
    b. 1955

    Holiday Film Festival – arr. Alan Billingsley

    These three blockbusters, some of the most memorable movie songs of all time, are strung together in a spectacular choral medley. Featuring Spirit of the Season ("The Polar Express"); Welcome Christmas ("How the Grinch Stole Christmas") and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas! ("Home Alone 2").

  • Pinkzebra


    Winter With You – Pinkzebra

    A tender song with lovely melodies about sharing beautiful winter moments with someone near and dear to you.

  • Colosseum at Christmas


    Four eclectic works from diverse cultural traditions

    • Ruth Elain Schram

      Ruth Elain Schram
      b. 1956

      Ale Pun (Spain) – arr. Ruth Elain Schram

      This vibrantly rhythmic and percussive setting of the traditional Spanish tune is all decked out with a new English text and is absolutely infectious! Percussion will add a festive flair to this exciting multicultural creative programming gem. (in English)

    • Petit Enfánt (France) – Linda Miller Shaw and Dana Thompson

      With canonic-like imitation throughout, this is a sensitive, haunting, beautiful arrangement of a lovely French carol for Soprano and Alto voices. (in French)

    • St. Alphonsus de Liguiri

      St. Alphonsus de Liguiri
      1696 - 1787

      Pietro A. Yon

      Pietro A. Yon
      1886 - 1943

      Stephen DeCesare

      Stephen DeCesare
      b. 1969

      Pope Pius IX

      Pope Pius IX
      1792 - 1878

      Frederick H. Martens

      Frederick H. Martens
      1874 - 1921

      Gesu Bambino with Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle (Italy) – Pietro A. Yon and St. Alphonsus de Liguiri; words by Frederick H. Martens and Pope Pius IX; arr. Stephen DeCesare

      Two of the most beloved and traditional Italian Christmas Carols have been joined together in one enchanting anthem. Tu Scendi has been performed and recorded by such famous singers as the Three Tenors and Andrea Boccelli and adapted here into a delightful choral version. (in English and Italian)

    • Tina Heidrich

      Tina Heidrich
      b. 1954

      Greek New Year's Carol (Greece) – arr. Tina Heidrich

      A spirited 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. (in Greek)

  • Felix Bernard

    Felix Bernard
    1897 - 1944

    Dick Smith

    Dick Smith
    1901 - 1935

    Greg Jasperse

    Greg Jasperse
    b. 1968

    Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard; words by Dick Smith; arr. Greg Jasperse

    This holiday standard is almost always heard at a bouncy tempo, which makes this tasteful ballad treatment all the more effective. Dazzling jazz harmonies and an exquisite, flowing accompaniment make this setting very special.

  • Joseph Garland

    Joseph Garland
    1903 - 1977

    Brian Setzer

    Brian Setzer
    b. 1959

    Michael Himelstein

    Michael Himelstein

    Mac Huff

    Mac Huff
    b. 1955

    Gettin' in the Mood for Christmas – Joseph Garland; words by Brian Setzer and Michael Himelstein; arr. Mac Huff

    Combine Glenn Miller's famous In the Mood with new holiday lyrics and the result is this swinging big-band style hit from Brian Setzer's album Dig That Crazy Christmas.

  • Rebecca J. Peck

    Rebecca J. Peck
    b. 1960

    Tom Fettke

    Tom Fettke
    b. 1941

    Thomas Grassi

    Thomas Grassi
    b. 1970

    Talkin' About Jesus – Rebecca Peck, Tom Fettke, and Thomas Grassi

    This rousing number incorporates a portion of the classic Who Is He in Yonder Stall? into Peck's own original text, telling the good news of the Christmas story and the baby Jesus as only great Southern Gospel music can.