Celebration of Christmas: Noel [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 2016 and 2017 Celebration of Christmas concerts.

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BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
1. Ding Dong Merrily on High
Traditional; arr. Ryan Murphy

BYU Concert Choir
2. Still, Still, Still
Traditional; arr. Norman Luboff

BYU Concert Choir
3. Sussex Carol
Traditional; arr. Bob Chilcott

BYU Singers
4. O Holy Night
Adolphe Adam; arr. Shawn Kirchner

BYU Women’s Chorus
5. Mary Had a Baby
Traditional; arr. Philip Kern

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
6. Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: March / Russian Dance, "Trepak"
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

BYU Men's Chorus
7. We Three Kings
Traditional; arr. Christopher J. Madsen

BYU Women's Chorus
8. Away in a Manger
William J. Kirkpatrick; arr. Jason D. Findlay

BYU Men's Chorus
9. The First Noel
Traditional; arr. Dan Forrest

BYU Singers
10. Jingle Bells
Traditional; arr. Gordon Langford

BYU Philharmonic Orchestra
11. Sleigh Ride
Leroy Anderson

BYU Combined Choirs and Orchestra
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane; arr. Mark Hayes

13. See, Amid the Winter's Snow
John Goss; Edward Caswall; arr. Dan Forrest

BYU Singers
14. One Sweet Little Baby (YouTube video version)
Wes Kinneson; Glenn McClure; arr. Shawn Kirchner

BYU Combined Choirs
15. Wishes and Candles (YouTube video version)
Stephen Paulus




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.