FRIDAY, December 1, 2017, 7:30 P.M.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, Bedford, MA

HOLIDAY VOICES
KAMMERWERKE Double Wind Quintet Concert

Alan Pearlmutter has composed a tuneful divertimento. The two-movement work blends simple melodies with pleasant harmonies in the romantic style, in and around the framework of classically crafted tradition.
In Item de Virginibus, contemporary composer Janika Vandervelde applies a chant-like tune by twelfth century composer Hildegard of Bingen to a contemporary mixed meter style. The dectet along with keyboard accompany three male solo voices in a work which embraces musical styles that are many centuries apart.
The birth of Jesus is celebrated by twentieth century Netherlands organist Albert de Klerk, who composed Cinq Noels Francais for dectet and alto soloist. The five songs are innocent and simple, accompanied by tuneful and transparent music. As on the Night by Arthur Carr celebrates the birth of Christ with the double wind quintet accompanied by a women’s chorus and a string quartet.
Romantic composer Robert Schumann set Beim Abschied zu singen for winds and full chorus. The 1836 text by Ernst, Baron von Feuchtersleben, was originally meant to convey the brevity of life, but Schumann changed the emphasis to be about an emotional farewell to a loved one.
Brad Conner directs three choral works. German Renaissance composer Michael Praetorius wrote a song in honor of the birth of Christ. In the Bleak Midwinter, by English poet Christina Rosetti, is sung with music by Gustav Holst and Harold Darke.
Michael Axtell’s Christmas Crackers is a creative medley of familiar songs for the holiday season.