British Columbia Girls Choir Fiona Blackburn, conductor Vancouver Chamber Choir Kevin Zakresky, conductor
Description Christmas time is carol time, too. The Christmas spirit can be expressed in so many ways: gently, robustly, ceremonially, intimately, poetically, grandly, angelically, rustically, liturgically or by the simplest song or phrase. Kevin Zakresky leads the Vancouver Chamber Choir in a banquet of seasonal music, with a cameo appearance from Fiona Blackburn and the British Columbia Girls Choir. There’s Renaissance Christmas music by Palestrina, de Rore, Lassus and Willaert; a French touch from Francis Poulenc; and many familiar carols from your favourite composers and arrangers — all telling the most beloved story of the ages!
Repertoire Peter Wilhousky (arr. Fiona Blackburn) – Carol of the Bells Stephen Chatman – A Christmas Lullaby Stephen Hatfield – The Virgin Mary had a baby boy Stephen Smith – Yorkshire Wassail Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – O magnum mysterium Cipriano de Rore – Quem vidistis Orlando di Lasso – Videntes stellam Cipriano de Rore – Hodie Christus natus est Francis Poulenc – Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël Jon Washburn – The Sparrow’s Christmas (Varpunen jouluaamuna) Stephen Smith – Lo, how a rose e’er blooming Jean Coulthard – Polish Lullaby Stephen Chatman – Angels we have heard on high Healey Willan – The Three Kings Elmer Iseler – Away in a manger Kevin Zakresky – Hark! the herald angels sing (*premiere)