Music Selections

Christmas at Luther 2017: The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen

Fanfare Prelude for A Mighty Fortress
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
arr. Eric Alexander
Christmas Brass, percussion, organ

Narration
Proverbs 3:13, 18–19
Matthew 13:31–32

A Frosty Christmas Eve (from In Terra Pax: Christmas Scene)
Gerald Finzi (1901–56)
Text by Robert Bridges
Symphony Orchestra, baritone soloist

Narration
Ezekiel 47:1–10,12

VII: The Spirit of the Lord (from The World of the Spirit)
Benjamin Britten (1913–76)
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, organ

The Holly and the Ivy
18th century English carol
arr. Kirby Shaw (b. 1942)
Cantorei, percussion

And Every Stone Shall Cry
Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Text by Richard Wilbur (b. 1921)
Nordic Choir

O Come, All Ye Faithful
arr. Paul Leddington Wright (b. 1951)
orch. James Deignan ’15
Audience Hymn

Hallelujah (from Christ on the Mount of Olives)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra

Narration
From “Christmas sermon, 1530” and
“Commentary on Galatians”
by Martin Luther

Greensleeves (What Child is This?)
arr. Jason W. Krug (b. 1978)
Luther Ringers

A Spotless Rose
Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)
German text, trans. C. Winkworth
Aurora

Oba Se Je
Nigerian folksong
arr., trans. Christopher Aspaas (b. 1973)
Norsemen, percussion

Weihnachten (Christmas), Op. 79, No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809–47)
ed. Byron Cantrell (1919–1997)
Cathedral Choir
 

The Bells of Christmas
Carl C.N. Balle (1806–1855)
arr. Gregory Peterson ’83
text by Nikolai F.S. Grundtvig (1783–1872)
tr. Charles Porterfield Krauth (1823–83)
Audience Hymn

Pines near a Catacomb, from Pines of Rome (1924)
Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936)
Symphony Orchestra, organ

Narration
From "God's Green Earth"
by Wangari Maathai

VI. Fum, Fum, Fum! (from Seven Joys of Christmas)
Trad. Spanish carol
arr. Kirke Mechem (b. 1925)
Collegiate Chorale, harp

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (with Of the Father’s Love Begotten)
15th century German carol
arr. J. Edmund Hughes (b. 1947)
Cantorei, handbells

Ring Out, Ye Bells
Matthew Erpelding ’00 (b. 1978)
Text by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872–1906), ed. Matthew Erpelding
Commissioned for CAL 2017
Norsemen, percussion

I. Gloria in Excelsis Deo (from Gloria Kajoniensis)
Levente Gyöngyösi (b. 1975)
text from “Cantionale Catholicum”
János Kájoni (1629–87)
Aurora, violins, percussion

The Huron Carol
16th century French folk tune
arr. Terre Johnson (b. 1959)
Commissioned for CAL 2017
Audience Hymn

Christ the Appletree
Stanford Scriven (b. 1988)
text from Divine Hymns, or Spiritual
Songs, compiled by Joshua Smith (1760–1795)
Cathedral Choir

Tocatta on “Il est né” (He is Born)
Denis Bédard (b. 1950)
Organ

His Light in Us
Kim André Arnesen (b. 1980)
text by Euan Tait (b. 1968)
Collegiate Chorale, piano

Mary Had a Baby
Trad. spiritual
arr. Craig Courtney (b. 1954)
Nordic Choir

Narration
"When I Am Among Trees"
by Mary Oliver

Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing?
Trad. French carol
arr. Mack Wilberg (b. 1955)
trans. A.B. Ramsey
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, organ

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Martin Luther (1483–1546)
arr. Dan Forrest (b. 1978)
Handbell orch. Mike Ellingsen (b. 1953)
Combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, organ, Luther Ringers