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For this month's Minnesota Encores, it's a blast from the holiday past as we rebroadcast the final "episode" in Dale Warland's popular Echoes of Christmas holiday program. This concert was performed in 2003.
This final Echoes of Christmas concert features three world premieres, all of which have been written by talented composers from within the Dale Warland Singers organization:
• The Singers' composer-in-residence, John Muehleisen, offers the first premiere of the concert with "This Night," the text of which comes from an ancient collection of Scottish poems.
• Singer Abbie Betinis presents a dynamic piece, "Cedit, Hyems" ("Be Gone, Winter!").
• Matthew Culloton, librarian, music adviser and bass section leader, delivers "God's Mother Be," his first original composition for the ensemble.
This holiday special airs at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, on Classical MPR. Listen to it then, or click on the audio player above.
PlaylistEnglish Traditional: Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night) (arranged by David Willcocks)
Elisabeth Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
English Traditional: What Child Is This? (arranged by Dale Warland)
English Traditional: The First Noel (arranged by Stephen Paulus, originally commissioned and premiered by the Dale Warland Singers)
Francis Poulenc: Quatre motets pour Ie temps de Noel
I. O magnum mysterium
II. Quem vidistis pastores dicite
III. Videntes stellam
IV. Hodie Christus natus est
Jeffrey Van: Christmas Lullaby (commissioned and premiered by the Dale Warland Singers)
Frank Ferko: A Festival of Carols (excerpts, commissioned and premiered by the Dale Warland Singers)
I. Do You Know the Song?
II. Christmas Bells
John Muehleisen: This Night (world premiere, commissioned by the Dale Warland Singers for Echoes of Christmas 2003)
II. The First Miracle of Christ
III. Christmas Hail
- Lynette Johnson, soprano; Steve Sheppard, baritone
Trond Kverno: Corpus Christi Carol
- Jodi Rowe and Naomi Staruch, soprano; Krista Palmquist, mezzo soprano; Matthew Cullton, baritone
Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
Abbie Betinis: Cedit, Hyems (Be Gone, Winter!) (world premiere, commissioned for the Dale Warland Singers to celebrate the life of Arthur Benjamin Jacobson)
Matthew Culloton: God's Mother Be (world premiere, commissioned for the Dale Warland Singers)
English Traditional: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (arranged by Dale Grotenhuis)
Austrian Traditional: Still, Still, Still (arranged by Norman Luboff)
French Traditional: Ding, Dong! Merrily on High (arranged by Alf Houkom)
Traditional: Silent Night