Music: Sun Dec 18

A wide range of Christmas-themed music is featured as part of Sunday morning’s worship service. The Prelude opens with a solo piano arrangement of the Catalonian Christmas carol “The Song of the Birds”, popularized by cellist Pau Casals. A charming waltz in honor of the holiday by Tchaikovsky is also included, as is a clutch of fun arrangements of popular Christmas tunes by Donald Waxman, a well-known composer of early-level methods for piano students. Franz Liszt, better known as a composer of virtuoso show-stoppers, is responsible for the delightful version of “O Come All Ye Faithful”, from a collection of Christmas pieces written for his granddaughter. Finally, our own Kim Force shares her talents in Xavier Montsalvatge’s sultry “Lullaby for a Little Black Baby”, taken from his cycle of songs on texts by Cuban poets, and in a pastoral excerpt from Handel’s Messiah. Read on for programming details.

Prelude: Adam Kent, piano
The Song of the Birds            
Traditional Catalonian Christmas Carol arr. by Joaquin Nin-Culmell
Christmas, Op. 37, No. 12
                                                Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
A Christmas Pageant
Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle
Deck the Halls
Good King Wenceslas
We Three Kings
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Bohemian Bell Carol
Yule’s Come and Yule’s Gane
O Let Us Sing, I Pray You
The Boar’s Head Carol
                                                Donald Waxman

Opening Music: Kim Force, soprano
“He Shall Lead His Flock” from Messiah
                                    George Frederick Handel

Cuban Lullaby for Pageant:
Canciรณn para dormir a un negrito
                                                Xavier Montsalvatge

Offertory: Adeste Fideles from The Christmas Tree
                                                Franz Liszt

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