Christmas Around the World with Candice Agree (Week 1)

December 24, 2021, 6:30 pm

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A Christmas fair in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden

At 6:30 pm each weeknight for the weeks of December 20-24 and December 27-31, join Candice Agree for a world tour of Christmas music!

From Barcelona

Monday, December 20
Based in the Catalan city of Granollers, Veus – Cor Infantil Amics de la Unió, or The Voices Children’s Chorus, was created in 1996 as part of the Societat Coral Amics de la Unió, a choral society founded in 1877. Recorded live in concert in Pau Casals Hall — named for the cellist and composer Pablo Casals — Veus is joined by the Barcelona Symphonic Wind Band conducted by José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana. Here now, Albert Guinovart Suite Nadalenca (Christmas Suite,) featuring beloved Catalan nadales, or Christmas carols.

El desembre congelat (Frozen December)
El dimoni escuat (The shield-carrying demon)
El petit vailet (The boy with the gaita [Galician bagpipe])
El noi de la mare (The boy of the Mother)
Fum, fum, fum (Smoke, smoke, smoke)

From London’s Barbican Hall

Tuesday, December 21
The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers in holiday favorites.

Traditional [France]: Ding Dong! Merrily on High
Christian Onyeji [Nigeria]: Amuworo ayi otu nwa (For Unto Us a Child is Born)
Bob Chilcott [England]: The Midnight of Your Birth
Traditional [England]: Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day
Traditional [England]: Festive Cheer
Elizabeth Poston [England]: Balulalow
Bob Chilcott: Sweet was the Song, from ‘On Christmas Night’ / Franz Xaver Gruber [Austria]: Silent Night
John Francis Wade [England]: O Come, All Ye Faithful

Romansh Switzerland & Czech Republic

Wednesday, December 22

Romansh Switzerland

Cantus Firmus Surselva, a 30-voice choir from the Rhaeto-Romanic region of Surselva in the Canton of Grisons

Traditional: Gesu, tü meis Signur (Jesus, You’re my dear Lord)

Czech Republic

Two Christmas songs arranged and performed by Beata Hlavenková

Narodil se Kristus Pán (Christ was born) — Czech Christmas song based on a Hussite melody from the 15th century
Pásli ovce valaši (Wallachians were grazing their sheep) — one of the most famous Christmas songs of Moravia

Cyprus & Croatia

Thursday, December 23


Quintus Wind Ensemble performs two traditional Christmas melodies from Cyprus

Κυπριακά Κάλαντα (Cyprus Carol)
Άη-Βασίλη Βασιλιά (St. Basil the King)


The Metković Cultural Artistic Society performs two traditional carols

Božić nam je, drago nam je (It’s Christmas Time, we are joyful)
Kad se Bog čovik učini (When the Lord is born)


Friday, December 24

From Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Simon Crawford-Phillips conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir.

Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist & Edvard Evers, text: Jul jul strålande jul (Yule, Yule, Radiant Yule)
Alice Tegnér: Betlehems stjärna (Star of Bethlehem)
Hugo Alfvén & Knute Nyblom, text: Julsång (Christmas Carol)
Ēriks Ešenvalds & Sara Teasdale, text: Stars
Felix Mendelssohn: Weihnachten (Christmas) op. 79/1