Welcome Christmas 2009

Sunday, December 6 at 4 pm

A beloved Twin Cities holiday tradition, the annual VocalEssence Welcome Christmas concert celebrates the season this year with the glittering melodies of choral composer extraordinaire John Rutter. For more than three decades, Rutter’s festive carols, including “What Sweeter Music,” have provided the ideal soundtrack for the holiday season.

Singing with chamber orchestra, the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers will warm your hearts with traditional and brand new award-winning carols. Experience “the best show of the season by the best choral group around: VocalEssence.” (MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine, December 2008). Philip Brunelle conducts.

Four performances:
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009
(4 pm) - Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis
Friday, Dec. 11, 2009 (7:30 pm) - Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 (7:30 pm) - Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 (4 pm) - Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

 

Program

Premieres

  • Welcome Christmas Carol Contest winning carols for chorus with viola
    Michael Glasgow, Welcome the King
    Robert Sieving, See, Amid the Winter’s Snow
  • John Rutter, Carol of the Magi (United States premiere)

Additional Carols

  • Bob Chilcott, The Heart-in-Waiting
  • Felix Mendelssohn, Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden
  • Felix Mendelssohn, There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob
  • John Rutter, Brother Heinrich’s Christmas: A Fable with Music
  • John Rutter, What Sweeter Music
  • Arr. John Rutter, Away in a Manger
  • Arr. John Rutter, Joy to the World
  • Arr. John Rutter, Noel Nouvelet
  • Arr. John Rutter, Past Three A-Clock
  • Arr. John Rutter, The Holly and the Ivy