Welcome to Masterworks
 
Saturday, December 13, 2014
7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church
 
Join the Masterworks Chorale as we travel to the American Southwest for a collection of Carols and Lullabies by Conrad Susa. This beautiful set includes harp, marimba, and guitar. Celebrate the wonder of the season with Christmas questions, such as “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” Finally, you'll know that the season is upon us as we rejoice with selections from Handel's Messiah.
 
 

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Program Notes
 
Conrad Susa composed the Carols and Lullabies in the early 1990’s in response to a commission from Minnesota conductor Philip Brunelle, who envisioned the set as a companion to Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. The Ceremony also pairs choir with harp, and in fact that set was performed at First Presbyterian Church last month. Both works dress traditional carols, now forgotten, in modern musical clothes.
 
Allow the southwestern flavor of our Carols and Lullabies to transport you to a climate where a white Christmas is never required. These carols have a rustic simplicity in response to the conditions of the simple, rustic stable where the babe lay at Christmas.
 
We will perform some of the carols in Spanish, one in Catalan, and others in English.