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2019-12-11

Music: Sun Dec 22

Arrangements of popular Christmas tunes from around the world are included in this morning’s musical selections. Tchaikovsky’s evocation of the holiday is the last in his set of pieces for each month, written for a Russian musical journal. Liszt’s The Christmas Tree is dedicated to his granddaughter Daniela von Bülow, and reflects the composer’s growing religiosity in his late years as well as a decidedly sentimental streak. Donald Waxman was a twentieth-century composer of pedagogical materials for piano students. His collection A Christmas Pageant presents many well-known carols from diverse cultures in modernist harmonic garb. Our own Rev. Kimberley and Kim and Christian Force form an inspired vocal trio for Stephen Schwartz’s “We Are Lights,” his special Chanukah song. Read on for programming details.

Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
Christmas, Op. 37, No. 12
                                        Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

From A Christmas Pageant
“Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabelle,” “Good King Wenceslas,” “We Three Kings,” “Deck

the Halls,” “O Let Us Sing,” and “Yule’s Come and Yule’s Gane”
                                        Donald Waxman

Opening Music
From The Christmas Tree
                 “Psallite”
                                        Franz Liszt

Offering and Offertory
From The Christmas Tree
                 “Adeste fideles”
                                         Liszt

Musical Interlude
From The Christmas Tree
                 “Old Provençal Christmas Song”
                                          Liszt

Song: Rev. Kimberley Debus, Kim and Christian Force, vocals
                   “The Chanukah Song” (We Are Lights)
                                         Stephen Schwartz

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