Born In Bethlehem

Christmas Music 2016Today 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!

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Beautiful Savior

Christmas Music 2016The 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.

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Wise Men

Christmas Music 2016The 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.

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Newborn King

Christmas Music 2016Merry 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.

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