Celebration of Christmas: Lost in Wonder [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 2013 Celebration of Christmas concerts.

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BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
1. Christmas Fanfare
Nathan Hofheins

BYU Men's Chorus
2. Fum, Fum, Fum
Catalonian Carol; arr. Mack Wilberg

BYU Combined Choirs
3. Lost in Wonder
W.P. Rowlands; arr. Claude L. Bass

BYU Concert Choir
4. Infant Holy
Penny Rodriguez

BYU Women's Chorus
5. For Him All Stars Have Shown
Bob Chilcott

BYU Men's Chorus
6. O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
7. I Wonder As I Wander
John Jacob Niles; arr. Matthew D. Nielsen

BYU Combined Choirs
8. Far, Far Away on Judea's Plains
John MacFarlane

BYU Concert Choir
9. Swedish Dance Carol
Traditional Swedish Carol; arr. Katherine K. Davis

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
10. Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

BYU Singers
11. December the 25th
Leslie Bricusse

BYU Singers
12. Still, Still, Still
Traditional Austrian Carol; arr. Joey Hoelscher

BYU Women's Chorus
13. Silent Night
Franz Gruber; arr. Christopher Downard

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
14. Hallelujah
Ludwig Van Beethoven


Producers: Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Kory Katseanes, Ben Fales

Executive Producer: Ben Fales

Recording Engineer: Jeff Carter

Editing and Mastering: 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.