BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
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 2010 Celebration of Christmas concerts.
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BYU MEN’S CHORUS
1. Masters in this Hall
French carol, arr. Mark Hayes
2. What Shall We Sing
Catalan Lullaby, arr. Howard Helvey
French carol, arr. Mark Burrows
4. Lullay Alleluia
Traditional carols, arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
BYU CONCERT CHOIR
5. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Gustav Holst, arr. Harold Darke
6. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
English carol, arr. Stephen Oliver
BYU WOMEN’S CHORUS
7. Silent Night
Franz Gruber, arr. Christopher Downard
8. Angels We Have Heard on High
French carol, arr. Philip Kern
BYU COMBINED CHOIRS
9. Now Glad of Heart
K. Lee Scott
BYU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
10. Fantasia on Greensleeves
Ralph Vaughan Williams
11. Sleigh Ride
BYU COMBINED CHOIRS AND BYU PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
12. Still, Still, Still
Austrian carol, arr. Mack Wilberg
13. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High
French carol, arr. Mack Wilberg
14. Nativity Carol
15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
English carol, arr. John Rutter
Producers: Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Kory Katseanes
Executive Producer: Ben Fales
Recording Engineer: Jon Holloman
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.
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