Christmas Concerts 2017

Saturday December 9, 2017 at 8 pm,  at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT
Sunday December 10, 2017 at 3 pm, at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT

Rutter, Magnificat

Also featuring Christmas favorites and Christmas Carols, with the audience invited to join with Con Brio to sing 

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Magnificat by John Rutter

Magnificat by John Rutter is a musical setting of the Magnificat, the Song of Mary, and a perfect choice for Christmastide. It was completed in 1990. The extended composition in seven movements for soprano solo, mixed choir, and orchestra. It is based on the Latin text, interspersed with “Of a Rose, a lovely Rose”, an anonymous English poem. The music includes elements of Latin American music.

The composer conducted the first performance in Carnegie Hall on 26 May 1990, and the first recording with the Cambridge Singers and the City of London Sinfonia.

While the Magnificat was often set to music, being a regular part of Catholic vespers and Anglican evensong, Rutter’s work is one of few extended settings, along with Bach’s composition.

April 23, 2017

Beethoven Mass in C, with guest soloists Patricia Schuman, soprano, Clea  Huston, mezzo soprano, Steven Humes, tenor and Matthew Cossack, bass
Mascagni, Easter Hymn (Regina Coeli, Laetare), from Cavalleria Rusticana, with Patricia Schuman, soprano (Santuzza)
Handel Coronation Anthem No. 1: Zadok the Priest (for double chorus)
Brahms Psalm 51, Op. 29, No. 3, Tröste mich wieder mit deiner Hülfe (for double chorus)
Mendelssohn Heilig ( for double chorus)
Lotti Crucifixus from Credo in F  ( for double chorus)
Vivaldi Dixit Dominus RV 807 Final Chorus
Harberg/Arlen arr. Hayes Over the Rainbow
Heyman/Young arr. Azelton When I fall in love
Bach Organ Fugue in G minor BWV 578, in the style of Ward Swingle
Trad. arr. Hairston In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’, with Steven Humes, tenor
Bernstein Make our Garden Grow from Candide, with Patricia Schuman, soprano, (Cunegonde) and Steven Humes, tenor (Candide), with Clea Huston, mezzo-soprano and Matthew Cossack, bass

December 9 and 11, 2016

J.S.Bach.Christmas Oratorio, (selections) BWV 248,  soloists: Terrence Fay, tenor and Christopher Grundy, bass; Masters in This Hall, arr. Wilberg;  God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, arr. Reise; I Saw Three Ships, arr. Reise; Winter, Stroope; Im Advent and Weinachten: (5 and 1 of Sechs Sprüche, Op 79) Mendelssohn; Gloria from the Mass in Eb Op 109, Rheinberger; What Child Is This? arr. Halley; We Three Kings arr. Hopkinssoloists: Bill Sorensen, tenor, Terrence Fay, tenor and Christopher Grundy, bass; He Is Born! arr. Forrest; A Musicological journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas, Courtney; Joy to the World, arr. Wilberg; with Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Chorus, Susan Saltus, organ and piano, Adrienne Forrest, piano, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce, at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. CT

June 1, 2016

Concert at San Antón Church, Madrid, attended by ‘Padre Ángel’, Founder and President, Fundación Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers for Peace) . Con Brio performed:  Fetler, Sing Sing unto God; Rachmaninov, Bogoroditse Devo; arr. Parker, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal;  Palestrina, Exultate Deo; Trad. arr. Miranda, Suíte Nordestina, with Tom Meisenzahl, tenor; Favero, Te Quiero, with Rolf Peterson, bass and Abby Bruce, soprano; Foster arr,. Halloran, Nelly Bly; Applegate, Goodwin and Meyer, Goodbye my Coney Island Baby, with Tom Meisenzahl, Ransom Bruce and Peter Amos, tenor, Matt Saltus, baritone, Rolf Peterson, bass;  Heyman/Young arr. Azelton, When I fall in love; Copland, Long Time Ago; Lauridsen, Dirait-on; Trad. arr. Thomas The Drinking Gourd;  Trad. arr. Hairston, In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning’ with Ranson Bruce, tenor;  Medema arr. Schrader, Lord Listen to your Children; Trad. arr. Hogan, arr. Smith, Ride the Chariot with Wanda Barnes, soprano; Trad. arr. Rutter, When the Saints go Marching in In;  Hampton, Praise His Holy Name,  conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

May 30, 2016

Joint concert with Coro Francisco Salinas at the Church of La Purísima, Salamanca, Spain. Con Brio performed:  Fetler, Sing Sing unto God; Rachmaninov, Bogoroditse Devo; arr. Parker, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal;  Palestrina, Exultate Deo; Trad. arr. Miranda, Suíte Nordestina, with Tom Meisenzahl, tenor; Favero, Te Quiero, with Rolf Peterson, bass and Abby Bruce, soprano; Foster arr,. Halloran, Nelly Bly; Applegate, Goodwin and Meyer, Goodbye my Coney Island Baby, with Tom Meisenzahl, Ransom Bruce and Peter Amos, tenor, Matt Saltus, baritone, Rolf Peters0n, bass;  Heyman/Young arr. Azelton, When I fall in love; Copland, Long Time Ago; Lauridsen, Dirait-on; Trad. arr. Thomas The Drinking Gourd;  Trad. arr. Hairston, In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning’ with Ranson Bruce, tenor;  Medema arr. Schrader, Lord Listen to your Children; Trad. arr. Hogan, arr. Smith, Ride the Chariot with Wanda Barnes, soprano; Trad. arr. Rutter, When the Saints go Marching in In;  Verdi, Va Pensiero Hampton, Praise His Holy Name. Va pensiero was conducted by Elena Blanco Rivas, all others were conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

May 27, 2016

‘II EICOUP’ International Choral Festival, at Foco Church, Boavista, Porto, hosted by the University of Porto. Choirs included: Con Brio Choral Society, Coro Classico de Orfeão Universitário de Porto, Orfeon Académico de Coimbra and Coral de Letras da Universitade do Porto. Con Brio performed:  Fetler, Sing Sing unto God; Rachmaninoff, Bogoroditse Devo; arr. Parker, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal;  Palestrina, Exultate Deo; Trad. arr. Miranda, Suíte Nordestina, with Tom Meisenzahl, tenor; Favero, Foster arr,. Halloran, Nelly Bly; Applegate, Goodwin and Meyer, Goodbye my Coney Island Baby, with Tom Meisenzahl, Ransom Bruce and Peter Amos, tenor, Matt Saltus, baritone, Rolf Peterson, bass;  Heyman/Young arr. Azelton, When I fall in love; Trad. arr. Thomas The Drinking Gourd;  Trad. arr. Hairston, In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning’ with Ranson Bruce, tenor;  Medema arr. Schrader, Lord Listen to your Children; Trad. arr. Hogan, arr. Smith, Ride the Chariot with Wanda Barnes, soprano; Trad. arr. Rutter, When the Saints go Marching in In;  HamptonPraise His Holy Name, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

May 24, 2016

Joint concert with Orfão Tomaz de Alcaide, at Santa Maria Church, Estremoz, Portugal. Con Brio performed: Fetler, Sing Sing unto God; Palestrina, Exultate Deo; Trad. arr. Parker, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal;  arr. Miranda, Suíte Nordestina, with Tom Meisenzahl, tenor; Favero, Te Quiero, with Rolf Petersen, bass and Abby Bruce, soprano; Foster arr,. Halloran, Nelly Bly; Applegate, Goodwin and Meyer, Goodbye my Coney Island Baby, with Tom Meisenzahl, Ransom Bruce and Peter Amos, tenor, Matt Saltus, baritone, Rolf Peterson, bass; Heyman/Young arr. Azelton, When I fall in love; Copland, Long Time Ago; Trad. arr. Thomas The Drinking Gourd;  Trad. arr. Hairston, In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning’ with Ranson Bruce, tenor;  Medema arr. Schrader, Lord Listen to your Children; Trad. arr. Hogan, arr. Smith, Ride the Chariot with Wanda Barnes, soprano; Trad. arr. Rutter, When the Saints go Marching in In;  Trad. arr Ribeiro, Natal de Elvas; Hampton, Praise His Holy Name. Natal de Elvas was conducted by Dr. João Luis Nabo, all other pieces were conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

May 22, 2016

Choral Mass with Coro Cristo Rei da Portela, at Cristo Rei da Portela Church, Portela, Lisbon Portugal. The combined choirs performed: Gregorian Chant: Kyrie, Sanctus and Agnus Dei; Rachmaninov, Bogoroditse Devo; Arcadelt,  Ave Maria;  Handel, Messiah excerpt: Hallelujah, conducted by Dr. Rui Gonçalo Fernandes.

May 21, 2016

Joint concert with Coro Cristo Rei da Portela, at Lisbon Cathedral, Portugal. Con Brio performed: Fetler, Sing Sing unto God; Palestrina, Exultate Deo; Trad. arr. Parker, Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal;  Trad. arr. Hairston, In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Morning’ with Ranson Bruce, tenor;  Medema arr. Schrader, Lord Listen to your Children; Trad. arr. Hogan, Ride the Chariot with Wanda Barnes, soprano; Trad. arr. Rutter, When the Saints go Marching in In;  Rachmaninov, Bogoroditse Devo; Arcadelt,  Ave Maria;  Hampton, Praise His Holy Name; Bogoroditse Devo was conducted by Dr. Rui Gonçalo Fernandes, all other pieces conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

April 17, 2016

Dvořák, Te Deum Op. 103, with Danielle Munsell Howard, soprano and John Dominick III bass; Beethoven, Choral Fantasia Op .80 with Mihae Lee, piano, Danielle Munsell Howard and Laura Glad, soprano, Donna Bishop Seaton, contralto, Ransome Bruce and William Sorensen, tenor, John Dominick III bass; Hark I hear the Harps Eternal, trad. arr. Parker; Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria) Rachmaninoff; Eu vou, eu vou (Suíte Nordestina) trad. arr. Miranda with John Dominick III bass; Te Quiero, Favero, with Danielle Munsell Howard, Soprano and John Dominick III bass; Jubilate Deo, Gabrieli; Long Time Ago, Copland; Dirait-on Lauridsen; Praise His Holy Name trad. arr. Hampton; When the Saints go marching in, trad. arr. Rutter; at Christ the King Church, Old Lyme, CT, Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

December 10-12, 2010

Christmas Concert Dec 10 and 12 and Mini Concert for Kids Dec 11 with ffortissimo the Clown (Matt Saltus) and Ransom Bruce: Puccini Messa di Gloria (Kyrie and Gloria) with Brian Cheney (tenor); Mechem Seven Joys of Christmas; Holst Christmas Day; Gabrielli Buccinate (19 part Motet); Poulenc Hodie Christus natus est; Bartolucci Jubilate Deo; The Twelve Days of Christmas arr. Rutter; Angels we have heard on high arr. Wilberg; Go Where I send Thee arr. Caldwell and Ivory, Hark the Herald Angels arr. Willcox at Christ The King Church, Old Lyme, CT, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.

December 12, 2009

Mini Concert for Kids with ffortissimo the Clown (Matt Saltus) and Ransom Bruce featuring excerpts from December 11 concert: Cantata 191, Bach; Seven Joys of Christmas, Mecham; In Dulci Jubilo, Scheidt; A Christmas Garland, Susa (with Tom Crosby, Tenor, Paul Egan, Baritone, Tom Speer, Bass) at Christ The King Church, Old Lyme, CT, conducted by Dr. Stephen Bruce.