Before I got started on baking the Christmas goodies, I was busy piecing together a program for our Silver Anniversary concert. It felt strange to be listening music for the spring when yuletide carols were being sung by a choir, but it was less strange than listening to carols in the summertime, when the livin’ is easy.
Fortunately, I had a little help from my friends, the Founding Members. They advised me on their favorite pieces. And then, I added a few of my own. The board looked the program over and tweaked a few things, and voila! We have a fabulous program ready to start in February.
I know, you’re dying of curiosity, so here is the big reveal.
John Tavener - Song of the Angel – soprano, violin, piano
Featuring our soprano, Marie.
Eric Barnum - Music in the Night
This was the commissioned piece from our twentieth anniversary celebration.
Ola Gjeilo - Luminous Night of the Soul
I can’t say how beautiful this piece is. You must listen and still your soul.
Morten Lauridsen - Sure On this Shining Night
I can’t do this piece too often before I die…the words, the music, the affect.
String Quartet Selection
Samuel Ward - America the Beautiful
The audience might have to stand when we sing this one.
Mark Hayes - Swingin' with the Saints
It’s who we are (saints) and it’s what we do (swing).
Helvey - Shenandoah
Is there a more beautiful piece to suggest longing?
John Leavitt - Deep River
Have I told you before that basses are my favorite people?
John Leavitt - Old Dan Tucker
Tuck into a bit of fun with a rousing, knee-slapping request.
Hotly requested and I had to concede because The Nylons are Canadians.
Roger Emerson - Sic Parvis Magna
In Latin, that means Great Things Have Small Beginnings.
ENCORE, YOU CALL!: Sally Albrecht Go in Peace and Love
I can’t wait to get started. Hope you feel the same. Till then, enjoy your Sunday evenings with your families and friends.
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