Celebration of Christmas: Holy Night [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 Rosalind Hall, Dr. Andrew Crane, 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 2015 Celebration of Christmas concerts.

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BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
1. O Come, All Ye Faithful
Attr. to John F. Wade, trans. Frederick Oakeley; arr. Dan Forrest

BYU Men’s Chorus
2. Pat-a-Pan
Burgundian carol; arr. Rosalind Hall, Christopher J. Madsen

BYU Concert Choir
3. Silent Night
Based on Siciliano from Flute Sonata no. 2 by J. S. Bach; arr. Kay Hawkes Goodyear

BYU Men’s Chorus
4. Who Is He in Yonder Stall?
Benjamin Hanby, Robert H. Young

BYU Women’s Chorus
5. Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Traditional French carol; arr. Howard Helvey

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
6. O Holy Night
(feat. Rebecca Pedersen, soprano)
Adolphe Adam; arr. William Ryden

BYU Combined Choirs
7. Amazing Grace
John Newton, music and addl. words by Craig Courtney

BYU Concert Choir
8. The Angel Gabriel
Traditional Basque carol; arr. Gerard Chiusano

BYU Singers
9. I Saw Three Ships
Traditional; arr. Steven Burnett

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
10. Polonaise from Christmas Eve
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

11. Baby, It’s Cold Outside
(feat. Steve Call, double-bell euphonium)
Frank Loesser; arr. Ernie Freeman

12. Sleigh Ride
LeRoy Anderson

13. What Child Is This?
(feat. Rebecca Pedersen, soprano)
Traditional; arr. Mack Wilberg

BYU Women’s Chorus
14. Cradle Hymn
Kim André Arnesen

BYU Singers
15. Prepare the Way
Swedish Dala melody; arr. Margareta Jalkeus

BYU Combined Choirs
16. Joy to the World
Isaac Watts, George F. Handel; arr. Paul Halley




Producers: Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Andrew Crane, Kory Katseanes, Ben Fales

Recording and Mixing: Jeff Carter

Editing and Mastering: Troy Sales

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