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Winter brings us many gifts: the gift of turning inward and the gift of knowing that the darkness is not forever, for spring is on its way. Our world has developed myriad ways of celebrating the gifts of this season. Our first concert lifts up musical celebrations from many different countries and cultures. 

 

The mystery of this season and the virgin birth is captured by the striking setting of O Magnum Mysterium by the Spanish Renaissance composer Tomás Luis de Victoria. We explore the peace of winter and magic of the season through the Austrian carol Still, Still, Still and Swedish composer Gustaf Nordqvist’s Wonderful Peace. Winter is also a time of isolation and reflection on nature’s lessons, found in John Rutter’s setting of the Shakespeare text Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind. Hombe celebrates how necessary community is to raise our families. The resolve needed to survive the hardships of winter and oppression resonate with the story of the Maccabees' miraculous victory over the Greeks in Mi Zeh Y’maleil.  The joy and hope that comes with the birth of the Christ Child are found in Stephen Hatfield’s arrangement of The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy and Roland Carter’s setting of the African American spiritual Mary Had a Baby. Lastly, in Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies, we dig deeper into Jesus’s story, following the journey from the promise to the realization of his birth. 

 

It has been such a joy working with the Arvada Chorale this season and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I am confident that this collaboration will strengthen our community and produce many meaningful concerts for years to come! 

- John Hubert, Artistic Director

CONCERT ORDER

Hombe 

Kenya (Luo) Folk Song, arr. Laz Ekueme

Joyce Dominguez, Soloist

Andrew Ferdig and Chappell Kingsland, Percussion

 

The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

Traditional Trinidad Carol, arr. Stephen Hatfield

Andrew Ferdig and Chappell Kingsland, Percussion

 

Still, Still, Still 

Austrian Carol, arr. Norman Luboff

 

O Magnum Mysterium

Tomás Luis de Victoria

 

From Three Latvian Carols: Ai, Nama M​ā​mi​ņ​a

Andrejs Jansons

 

Wonderful Peace 

Gustaf Nordqvist        

Chappell Kingsland, Organ, and Kathryn Harms, Harp

 

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind 

John Rutter

Text by William Shakespeare

 

Mi Zeh Y'maleil

Sephardic Chanukah song, arr. Joshua Jacobson

Lee Erickson, Soloist

 

Mary Had a Baby 

Arr. Roland Carter

Ivy Hartfield, Soloist

 

BRIEF INTERMISSION

 

Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest

Conrad Susa 

Alex Commodore, Guitar, Andrew Ferdig, Marimba, and  Kathryn Harms, Harp

 

  1. ¡Oh, mi Belén! 

  2. El Desembre Congelat

  3. Alegría (John-Christian Maheu and Craig Biesterfeld, Soloists)

  4. A la Nanita Nana

  5. Campana Sobre Campana

  6. En Belén Tocan a Fuego (Laura Brassie, Bria Vogt, and Sue Lindsay, Soloists)

  7. El Noi de la Mare (Laura Brassie, Jamie Stalker, Bob Hunter, and Richard Krueger, Soloists)

  8. Chiquirriquitín 

  9. El Rorro

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