Holiday Prelude Concert

Featuring a Segment Highlighting
Christmas in South America

Fall 2024 Concert Notes

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

Sunday November 24, 2024 3:00 pm
First Congregational Church, Danbury, Connecticut

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  • Benjamin Harlan

    Benjamin Harlan
    b. 1954

    Stan Pethel

    Stan Pethel
    b. 1950

    Arise! Behold His Glory! – arr. Benjamin Harlan; brass by Stan Pethel

    Our majestic and electrifying concert opener! A stirring proclamation that "the Light has come!"

  • R. Kevin Boesiger

    R. Kevin Boesiger
    b. 1965

    Adolphe Adam

    Adolphe Adam
    1803 - 1856

    Placide Cappeau

    Placide Cappeau
    1808 - 1877

    John S. Dwight

    John S. Dwight
    1813 - 1893

    For Unto Us – R. Kevin Boesinger;
    Incorporating "O Holy Night" – Adolphe Adam; Words by Placide Cappeau; tr. John S. Dwight

    A joyful, classic Christmas anthem that adds sparkle to any Christmas celebration. A stylistic nod to Handel and the brief soaring refrain of O Holy Night are brilliantly woven into the piece.

  • Rowland H. Prichard

    Rowland H. Prichard
    1811 - 1887

    Charles Wesley

    Charles Wesley
    1701 - 1788

    Dan Forrest

    Dan Forrest
    b. 1978

    Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus – Rowland H. Prichard; words by Charles Wesley; arr. Dan Forrest.

    An exhilarating festival setting of HYFRYDOL. Opening with a brilliant brass fanfare, it contains rhythmic accents, magnificent scoring, motivic development, an a cappella middle stanza, and a soaring descant on the final verse.

  • Elaine Hagenberg

    Elaine Hagenberg
    b. 1979

    Martin Luther

    Martin Luther
    1483 - 1546

    All Praise to Thee – Elaine Hagenberg; words by Martin Luther

    A tender telling of the Christmas story using ancient texts and a stunning melody punctuated by reverent and soaring Alleluias.

  • Mark Burrows

    Mark Burrows
    b. 1971

    Hydom, Tiddlydom – arr. Mark Burrows

    The word "hydom" mimics the drone of bagpipes and the word "tiddlydom" represents the rhythm of the drum. This traditional Czech carol recreates the sounds of these festive instruments with a cappella charm.

  • Bob Beers

    Bob Beers
    1920 - 1972

    Greg Gilpin

    Greg Gilpin
    b. 1969

    The Peace Carol – Bob Beers; arr. Greg Gilpin

    A stunning arrangement of a truly lovely song, originally featured on the 1979 television special: John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.

  • Roger Emerson

    Roger Emerson
    b. 1950

    Ross Fishman

    Ross Fishman
    b. 1987

    Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah! – arr, Roger Emerson and Ross Fishman

    A high energy song that merges a traditional Hanukkah melody with original new words and music.

  • Douglas E. Wagner

    Douglas E. Wagner
    b. 1950

    A Festival of Carols – arr. Douglas E. Wagner

    A versatile, charming medley that combines six traditional carols: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; While By My Sheep I Watched By Night; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Pat A Pan; Still, Still, Still and Angels We Have Heard On High.

  • K. Lee Scott

    K. Lee Scott
    b. 1950

    'Round the Glory Manger – K. Lee Scott

    A vibrant a cappella arrangement of a traditional spiritual.

  • CHRISTMAS IN SOUTH AMERICA

    Christmas in Rio

    Rio de Janeiro

    • La Jornada (Venezuela) – arr. Jim Leininger, b. 1942

      The Journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem as told in traditional Spanish.

    • Sherri Hansen

      Sherri Hansen
       

      Federico Fliedner

      Federico Fliedner
      1845 - 1901

      Adam M. L. Tice

      Adam M. L. Tice
      b. 1979

      Joseph Mohr

      Joseph Mohr
      1792 - 1849

      Félix Luna

      Félix Luna
      1925 - 2009

      Franz Gruber

      Franz Gruber
      1787 - 1863

      Ariel Ramírez

      Ariel Ramírez
      1921 - 2010

      Night Long-Awaited (Argentina) – Ariel Ramírez; Franz Gruber; Félix Luna; Joseph Mohr; tr. Adam M. L. Tice; tr. Federico Fliedner; arr. Sherri Hansen

      A gentle and flowing anthem with including a stanza of Silent Night (Noche de Paz.)

    • Victor Johnson

      Victor Johnson
      b. 1978

      Adorar al Niño (Venezuela) – arr. Victor Johnson

      This traditional Venezuelan carol (villancico) is treated with a bright, warm, and colorful setting,

    • Mark Hayes

      Mark Hayes
      b. 1953

      Brazilian Noel – arr. Mark Hayes

      Christmas meets the smooth sounds of Brazil in this bossa nova original. Close jazz harmonies, lyrical melodic lines and syncopated rhythms make this a uniquely festive musical treat for the holidays.

  • Pinkzebra

    Pinkzebra

    Winter Lullaby – Pinkzebra

    A beautiful tender lullaby combines snapshots of winter scenes with the sentimentality of life's fleeting moments.

  • Hoagy Carmichael

    Hoagy Carmichael
    1899 - 1981

    Mitchell Parish

    Mitchell Parish
    1900 - 1993

    Kirby Shaw

    Kirby Shaw
    b. 1942

    The White World of Winter – Hoagy Carmichael; words by Mitchell Parish; arr. Kirby Shaw

    This Hoagy Carmichael song, popularized by Bing Crosby, has a fresh sound in this jazzy samba setting.

  • Harold Stanley

    Harold Stanley
     

    Irving Taylor

    Irving Taylor
    1914 - 1983

    Dudley Brooks

    Dudley Brooks
    1913 - 1989

    Joan Javits

    Joan Javits
    b. 1928
    with Foxy Lady

    Tony & Philip Springer

    Tony & Philip Springer
     

    Philip Springer

    Philip Springer
    b. 1926

    Paul Langford

    Paul Langford
    b. 1967

    The Man with the Bag / Santa Baby – Harold Stanley; Irving Taylor; Dudley Brooks; Joan Javits; Philip Springer; Tony Springer; arr. Paul Langford

    A delightful swing-style song from the Big Band era, recorded by Kay Starr, The Man with the Bag is combined with a jazz ballad treatment of Santa Baby for a perfect match of two holiday favorites. The Man with the Bag was originally made popular by Kay Starr in the early 1950s, and Santa Baby was first recorded and popularized by Eartha Kitt in 1953.

  • Geron Davis

    Geron Davis
    b. 1964

    Camp Kirkland

    Camp Kirkland
    b. 1946

    A King Is Coming to Town – Geron Davis; arr. Camp Kirkland

    Our exuberant and joyful Gospel closer.