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
Con Brio Choral Society, Con Brio Festival Orchestra (35 piece), conducted by Dr, Stephen Bruce
Magnificat John Rutter
Es ist ein Ros Michael Praetorius
Hodie Jan Pieters Sweelinck
Jesu Bambino Pietro Yon
Still, Still, Still David Brunner
Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain Claude Debussy
Sure on This Shining Night Morten Lauridsen
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing arr. David Willcocks
In the Round
In Dulci Jubilo Michael Praetorius
Buccinate Giovanni Gabrieli
Deck the Halls arr. David Willcocks
Fum, Fum, Fum arr. Mack Wilberg
O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. David Willcocks
Go Where I Send Thee arr. Caldwell and Ivory
Ding Dong Merrily on High arr. Stephen Mager
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 has been very 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 (performed by Con Brio in December 2000 and December 2011).