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Music of the Baroque Brass & Choral Holiday Concert

The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wish you and yours A Joyous Holiday Season, as we offer our annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure.

Please join our host, Kerry Frumkin, as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Boris Ord, Paul Manz, Samuel Scheidt; Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli; Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britton, Harod Darke and John Tavener among others.

Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration.  Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion.  Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.

Diverse in nationality, temporality and musical style, the stories the pieces in this program tell are nonetheless similar in their message.  Many are related to the Christmas narrative, shedding light on different facets of the tale, while others offer a timely reminder that the wonder and awe the season inspires can last the entire year.  Although the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ is the dominant theme, it isn't the only one at work in this program.  Different nationalities, perspectives and styles are reconciled through the power of music, and glorious harmony is clearly the result.  What better way to celebrate the holiday season?

From its earliest years, Music of the Baroque has drawn audiences from across the Chicago metropolitan area, performing in the intimate settings of neighborhood churches chosen for architectural interest and acoustic excellence and, since 2004, at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago.  Listeners across the country have enjoyed the work of Music of the Baroque, which was the first professional chorus in America to have its own regularly scheduled nationwide broadcast series.

The chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque are comprised of approximately 60 professional musicians.  Chorus members have active operatic and recital careers and many perform regularly both in the United States and abroad.  Many members are also members of other leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras.

Broadcast Rights: Stations have 2 plays during the month of December, 2013.

This program is available free of charge to all stations.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email: or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, e-mail:

Broadcast Schedule - Fall 2013

PROGRAM #:  MOB 13-01
RELEASE:  December 1, 2013

CONDUCTOR: William Jon Gray

Rorate caeli desuper (Introit for the Fourth Sunday of Advent) (Stephen Noon, tenor)

Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Canzon à 6, from Ludi Musici (Hamburg 1621)

Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
Noël XII:  O Dieu de clémence, from Nouveau livre de noels (1757) (Keven Keys, baritone)

Boris Ord (1897-1961)
Adam lay y-bounden

John Gardner (1917-2011)
Tomorrow shall be My Dancing Day, Op. 75, No. 2

The Revivalist (1858)
I shall be Satisfied (Adam Smith, tenor; Ryan O'Mealey, bass)

Paul Manz (1919-2009)
E'en so Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

13th Century German tune, arr. R. L. Pearsall (1795-1856)
In Dulci Jubilo (Amy Conn, soprano; Amanda Koopman, mezzo-soprano; Samuel Green, tenor;
Corey Grigg, baritone)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Beatus vir, SV 168, from Selva morale e spiritual (1640/1) (Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano;
Amanda Koopman, mezzo-soprano; Samuel Green, tenor; Stephen Noon, tenor; Keven Keys,
baritone; Ryan O'Mealey, bass)

Alessandro Grandi (1586-1630)
Missus est Gabriel (Dialogue: The Angel Gabriel Appears to Mary)
Narrator: Ryan O'Mealey, bass
Angel:  Brendon Marsh, tenor
Virgin Mary: Maggie Mascal, mezzo-soprano

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
A Hymn to the Virgin (Hannah Dixon, soprano; Amanda Koopman, mezzo-soprano; Samuel
Green, tenor; Corey Grigg, baritone)

Arvo Pärt (1935-)
Bogoróditse Djévo

Giovanni Gabrieli (c. 1554/7-1612)
Canzon XI, from Canzoni et sonate (1615)

Guillaume Bouzignac (c. 1587-1642)
Noé, noél! Pastores
Angel: Amy Conn, soprano

Tielman Susato (c.1500-c. 1564)
Suite from La Denserye: La mourisque; Bransle quatre bransle; Ronde

Harold Drake (1888-1976)
In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Amy Conn, soprano; Stephen Noon, tenor)

John Tavener (1944-)
The Lamb

Mateo Flecha the Elder (1481-1553)
Riu, riu, chiu (Keven Keys, baritone)

Kenneth Leighton (1929-1988)
Coventry Carol, Op. 25 (Hannah Dixon, soprano)

Eric Whitacre (1970-)
Lux aurumque

Jacobus Handl (1550-1591)
Illuminare, Jerusalem, from Opus musicum (1586/90)

Solemn Tone
Te Deum laudamus

Michael Praetorius (c. 1571-1621)
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen, from Musae Sioniate VI, Wolfenbüttel (1609)