Concert

Saturday, December 7, 2013 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:30 p.m.*

St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
*Post-concert Holiday Sing-Along
Sunday, December 15, 2013 4:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA
Program Highlights: The mysteriously ethereal Os Mutorum by James MacMillan; the luminescent call-and-response of Hannukah Blessings by Ron Jeffers; the compelling earthy urgency of Eatnemen Vuelie by Frode Fjellheim — and a newly commissioned piece by Kirstina Rasmussen based on poems by Francisco X. Alarcón, in celebration of Martín Benvenuto’s 10th anniversary as Artistic Director.
PWC sings holiday music from around the world including the mystical Os Mutorum, by Scotland’s premiere composer James MacMillan, the Yoik-inspired rhythmic Eatnemen Vuelie (Beautiful Savior) by Norwegian composer Frode Fjellheim, and the intricate, buoyant, Venite Exultemus Domino by PWC’s own “composer in spirit”, Hungarian Levente Gyöngyösi. These concerts culminate in an audience favorite, Conrad Susa’s festive Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the American Southwest, a collection of carols originally from Spain, Catalunya, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, accompanied by marimba, guitar, and harp. Celebrate the holidays with an internationally incandescent flair!

CompositionComposer/ArrangerNotes
Os MutorumJames McMillan 1959-from the Strahclyde Motets
Venite, exultemus DominoLevente Gyöngyösi 1975-
Salve ReginaMiklós Kocsár 1933-
Night (from Songs of Night)Kirstina Rasmussen 1976-composed in 2013
Oportunidad (from Songs of Night)Kirstina Rasmussen 1976-composed in 2013
Antigua Canción (from Songs of Night)Kirstina Rasmussen 1976-composed in 2013
Hanukkah BlessingsRon Jeffers 1943-
Eatnemen VuelieFrode Fjellheim 1959-
Ave MariaCecilia McDowall 1951-West Coast Premiere
Faith Is the Bird That Feels the LightElizabeth Alexander
Carols and Lullabies, Christmas in the SouthwestConrad Susa 1935-2013
Stille NachtFranz Xaver Gruber 1787-1863
arr: Matthias Bretschneider