Born on a New Day – John David and Phillip Lawson
Ensemble from the Chancel Choir; Scott Dean, Conductor; Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Star in the East, Anonymous (The Southern Harmony, 1854(
The Rose Ensemble

By Morten Lauridsen
University of Delaware Vocal Group

O nata lux de lumine,
Jesu redemptor saeculi,
dignare clemens supplicum
laudes preces que sumere.
Qui carne quondam contegi
dignatus es pro perditis.
Nos membra confer effici,
tui beati corporis.

O born light of light,
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
mercifully deem worthy and accept
the praises and prayers of your supplicants.
Thou who once deigned to be clothed in flesh
for the sake of the lost ones,
grant us to be made members
of your holy body.

Adolphe Adam: Cantique de Noël
Elina Garanca; Latvian Radio Choir; Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken; Karel Mark Chichon, Conductor

Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury/Daniel Hyde

Yep. I just saw this on twitter. I’ve just started watching it (registration required). It’s rather cute at the beginning. I hope some of you give it a go! It’s an hour of some mighty nice brass playing, if the start is any indication. :-)

(And Sara Willis sure is a good speaker. I’m impressed!)

This is a children’s concert, so you’ll be getting a bit of a brass education too, from the sound of it (I am just listening for the first time as I type this.)

If the childrens’ faces don’t make you smile I don’t know what will! (I was sorry to see someone tell a couple of kids to settle down as they were bouncing up and down to a bouncy tune. It’s a kids’ concert! Sigh.)

I’ve posted this a few times at Christmas. I figure I may as well post it again. Maybe some of you are new to the blog and haven’t heard this group!

I have several of their CDs. If you are interested, here are some links:


Stone Chair

The Loveliest Rose

The Bethesda Community Church choir and Orchestra performs All Is Well with Christina Major.

Christina Major was an artist in residence with Opera San José a while back (1997-2000; 2003-2004), and has also performed with Symphony Silicon Valley. I just love her voice, and she sings this beautifully.

03. December 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: ACappellaAnyday™, Christmas, Nutcracker

Maybe it’s because I won’t be playing a single performance this year. Maybe it’s just because these guys are good and sometime crack me up. Maybe it’s because the video production is wacky.

Maybe it’s just because I am wacky!


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pentatonix

25. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas

Mary Had a Baby

From An Indigo Christmas with the Nathaniel Dett Chorale,
produced by Riddle Films.