Concert

Saturday, December 12, 2015 2:30 p.m.*
St Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto, CA
*Includes Holiday Sing-Along
Friday, December 18, 2015 8:00 p.m.*
Mission Santa Clara, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
*Includes Holiday Sing-Along
Program Highlights: Diemer’s O Viridissima Virga; Debussy's Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons, Carter’s Maria Walks Amid the Thorn, and Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire.
The Peninsula Women’s Chorus’ 49th season brings forth musical currents of joy, uncertainty, and exaltation, echoing the ever-changing facets of winter. Highlights include Diemer’s O Viridissima Virga, reflecting a majestic and breathtaking new beginning, followed by unexpected chaos and hardship in Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisons, Debussy’s tale of Christmas as told by orphans of war.

We also sing about the tribulations of Mother Mary in Carter’s Maria Walks Amid the Thorn, a prelude to her transformation to the divine, and her presence as a guiding star and intimate friend in Poulenc’s Litanies à la Vierge Noire. With Hanget Soi (“Singing Snow”), the frost of winter finally begins to melt as warmth returns to the world. Lend your voice to this Winter Prelude in our sing-along set!

Concert Teaser:
CompositionComposer/ArrangerNotes
O viridissima virgaEmma Lou Diemer 1927-text by Hildegard von Bingen
ViriditasJoan Szymko 1957-text by Hildegard von Bingen
Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maisonsClaude Debussy 1862-1918
Maria walks amid the thornAndrew Carter 1939-
Litanies à la Vierge NoireFrancis Poulenc 1899-1963
Gloria in excelsis Deo (from Gloria Kajoniensis)Levente Gyöngyösi 1975-1st movement of Gloria Kajoniensis
Virgo virginum praeclaraFabio Fresi 1979-
Hanget SoiHeikki Sarmanto 1939-"Singing Snow", pub. 1978
Veni, amica mea Pekka Kostiainen 1944-
He Came Downarr: Nancy GrundahlTraditional Cameroon song
Once in Royal David's CityH.J. Gauntlett 1805-1876
arr: David Willcocks
Myn LykingR.R. Terry 1865-1938
Cantemos a Mariaarr: J.T. GuzmánTraditional Dominican Republic
Stille NachtFranz Xaver Gruber 1787-1863
arr: Matthias Bretschneider