Today draws a close to this year’s Advent and Christmas choral music tour and I’m going to send us all off into 2017 on a lighter note. Here are the Salt Lake Vocal Artists with “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” arranged by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory. Happy New Year everyone!
Here is the Electra Women’s Choir with a lovely arrangement of “I Saw Three Ships” (and another fantastic accompaniment!)
The choir of St. Olaf College in Minnesota has an incredible history of choral music that spans more than a century. Their ‘signature’ song is the hymn “Beautiful Savior” , arranged by F. Melius Christiansen, the man credited with building the college’s choral program. It’s simply spectacular.
The German vocal group, Calmus Ensemble, produced a Christmas album a few years ago that featured Christmas Carols from around the world. De Tierra Lejana Venimos is a traditional Puerto Rican song of the three Wise men – see the translation below.
From a distant home, The Savior we come seeking,
Using as our guide the star, so brightly beaming.
Chorus: Lovely Eastern Star, that tells us of God’s morning
Heaven’s wondrous light,
O never cease Thy shining, peace and love to men.
Glory in the highest to the Son of Heaven and upon the earth be
Glowing gold I bring to the newborn Babe so holy,
Token of his power to reign above in glory.
Frankincence I bring to the child of God’s own choosing,
Token of our prayers to Heaven ever rising.
Bitter myrrh have I to give the infant Jesus,
Token of the pain he will bear to save us.
Another new piece to me this year is John Rutter’s energetic “Rejoice and Sing” which plays on the traditional carol, “I Saw Three Ships”.
My dear friend and former duet partner C introduced me this year to the music of Will Todd, a young British composer. I think my favourite piece from his pen is ‘My Lord Has Come”, sung here by the Chamber Choir of Northwestern University.
Merry Christmas! With both fanfare and reflection, Dan Forrest’s arrangement of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” seems like a good choice for today’s music. For those of you in Canada- the 2016 CBC Christmas Sing-In Concert (recorded mid-December at Montreal’s Curch of St. Andrew and St. Paul) will be broadcast today at 1:00PM on CBC Radio 2 and again at 9:00PM on CBC Radio 1. It’s always a great concert to enjoy on Christmas Day.