Celebration of Christmas: Come, Lord Jesus [CD] - BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra

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Each Christmas season at Brigham Young University over 500 vocalists and instrumentalists celebrate the season in song. Handpicked from the largest private student body in the country, these students comprise four nationally and internationally acclaimed choirs and the highly praised Philharmonic Orchestra.

These musical organizations are known for their unity, due in part to the superb technical proficiency achieved under the hands of choral conductors Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, and Jean Applonie and Philharmonic conductor Kory Katseanes. But there is more. Students and conductors share a strong belief in the spiritual character of music. As one critic observed, “The spiritual element is present in each piece the choirs sing.” This results in performances that are alive, fresh, and heartfelt—performances that overcome boundaries and draw people together.

The music presented here was recorded during the live performances of the December 2012 Celebration of Christmas concerts.

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Men of BYU Concert Choir
1. Prelude: Hodie Christus natus est
Gregorian Chant

BYU Men’s Chorus
2. I Saw Three Ships
Irish carol; arr. Mark Riese

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
3. The First Noel
English carol; arr. Dan Forrest

BYU Women’s Chorus with the BYU Brass Quintet
4. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
French carol; arr. Howard Cable

BYU Men’s Chorus
5. Come, Lord Jesus
From Savior of the World: His Birth and Resurrection; arr. Daniel McDavitt

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Christmas Festival
Christmas carols; arr. Leroy Anderson

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
7. Once in Royal David’s City
Henry J. Gauntlett; arr. David Wilcocks

BYU Singers
8. He is Born!
French Carol; arr. Dan Forrest

BYU Concert Choir
9. Coventry Carol
English melody; arr. Thomas Durham

BYU Concert Choir
10. Estampie Natalis
Vaclav Nelhybelt

BYU Women’s Chorus
11. Mid-Winter
Bob Chilcott

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
12. Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

BYU Singers
13. And Can This Newborn Mystery
Alan Bullard

BYU Combined Choirs
14. Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Rowland H. Prichard; arr. Allan Koepke



Producers: Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, and Kory Katseanes with Ben Fales and Ron Simpson

Executive Producer: Ben Fales

Recording Engineers: Ron Saltmarsh and Val Jones

Mastering Engineer: Troy Sales

BYU Records is part of BYU Music Group, an enterprise center in the School of Music at Brigham Young University and part of the College of Fine Arts and Communications.