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Humorous Holiday Hits

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Christmas is an amazing season—filled with music that is fantastically gorgeous…or truly tawdry! I have always been drawn to music of this season ever since (as a boy soprano at age 4) I sang “The Birthday of a King” and “The Holy City” for audiences who were brought to tears by my performance. Of course, they also loved hearing me sing “Barnatro” in Swedish!

At age 6, I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Austin, Minnesota and was hooked on Handel from then on. So, assembling an array of music for Christmas that might be a bit ‘out of the ordinary’ was easy for me! I hope you enjoy these selections as much as I have had bringing them to you.

—Philip Brunelle
Artistic Director and Founder

Read the program notes for the music here.

1 Dear Santa, Have You Had the Measles? (Frank Kells, Al Arland, & Al Vann)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

2:19
2 (Sweet Angie) The Christmas Tree Angel (M. K. Jerome)

Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard

3:08
3 Ščedryk (Mykola Leontovich, arr. Philip Brunelle)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

1:51
4 Christmas on the Moon (Jerry Silverman)

Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard

2:28
5 The Song of the Bells (Charles Gabriel)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

2:01
6 Gutenberg Song (Felix Mendelssohn)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

2:49
7 Are My Ears on Straight? (Mel Leven)

Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard

2:22
8 Rudolphus Rubrinasus (arr. Philip Brunelle)

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

1:02
9 The Little Christmas Tree (Harry Warren and Harold Adamson)

Maria Jette and Dan Chouinard with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers

4:41