Music: Sun Dec 15

This morning’s musical selections reflect a meditative outlook on Christmas iconography and on the holiday season. Expressions of thankfulness come to us from the nineteenth-century Unitarian composer Edvard Grieg as well as the contemporary American songwriter John Bucchino. Franz Liszt’s The Christmas Tree, a collection of pieces written for his granddaughter, provide a surprisingly delicate setting of traditional tunes, and a wistful waltz from the Russian composer Vladimir Rebikoff’s ballet The Christmas Tree is featured in the Offertory. “Que li darem?” is a Catalan Christmas carol, which glosses the spirit of the Three Magi, as they reflect on the gifts they will bring the baby Jesus. Read on for programming details.
Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Thanks, Op. 62, No. 2
                                                            Edvard Grieg
From The Christmas Tree
Slumber Song
Old Times
                                                Franz Liszt

Opening Music:
From The Christmas Tree
The Shepherds at the Manger (In dulci jubilo)

Offering and Offertory:
Waltz from The Christmas Tree, Op. 21
                                                Vladimir Rebikoff

Musical Interlude:
“Que li darem?”
Traditional Catalan, arr. by Joaquin Nin-Culmell

Musical Interlude: Rev. Kimberley Debus, vocalist   
“Grateful” from Urban Myths
                                                John Bucchino

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