George Frideric Handel

Part one  and the Hallelujah chorus

Presented by an ensemble and soloists from the choir

Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 4:00
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

355 Camp Street in Bristol, Connecticut

Music for
Christmas XL

Music of
Anton Bruckner, Willaim Byrd,
Franz Grüber, Orlande de Lassus, Heinrich Schutz
New Music by Martin Freestone Fay
Gregorian chant and carols sung in several languages

Sunday 7 December 2014 at 4:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Church 183 William Street in Portland, CT

Sunday 14 December 2014 at 4:00 PM
Saint john's Episcopal Church 400 main Street in Niantic, CT
Sunday 21 December 2014 at 4:00 PM
Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church  2577 Main Street in Glastonbury, CT

Sunday 28 December 2014 at 4:00 PM
Our Lady of Mercy Church 94 Broad Street in Plainville, CT

The Fortieth Annual
Music for Christmas

For forty years, Richard Wm. Donohue has acclaimed the spirit of the season with Music for Christmas. Honoring a tradition which began in 1974, Mr. Donohue has assembled a magnificent program of works spanning eleven centuries.

With the singers along the rear aisle of the church, Music for Christmas XL opens with the Compline hymn Te   Lucis Ante Terminum. The choir processes to the front of the hall while singing John Goss’s “See Amid the  Winter’s Snow,” a recent ordinal addition to the program. The concert continues with works of William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Anton Bruckner, and Orlando di Lasso along with carols sung in  German, Polish, Russian, and 15th-century English.  New contributions by Sergei Sorokin and Martin Freestone Fay fit seamlessly amongst  classical works from which they drew inspiration.  Midway though the performance the young voices of the    Treble Choir ring out from the back of the hall with “O du fröhliche.”  They too process to the front and join the choir for the remainder of the concert.  All in attendance are invited to add their voices to the recessional carol “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.” With the entire ensemble encircling the church, the room settles into candlelit silence.

 Once again following the forty year old praxis, Music for Christmas ends with Franz Grüber’s miraculous “Stille Nacht,” which sounds forth loudly that  “Christ the Saviour is here.”

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