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Welcome Christmas!

12/17/07 5:02PM

There’s no better way to welcome Christmas than with the VocalEssence holiday concert.

The Minneapolis-based ensemble has ben recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral organizations. Philip Brunelle leads the 120-voice VocalEssence Chorus and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

There’s a definite Spanish accent to much of the music in year’s Welcome Christmas!. You'll hear a piece VocalEssence commissioned in 1995 showcasing Mexican-American carols.

The program also features music by Diego Luzuriaga, who grew up in a farm town in Ecuador. Luzuriaga remembers collecting sticks and straw to make the stable for his family’s nativity scene. After carefully arranging figures of shepherds and animals alongside Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, he remembers the moment when everything was in place, and ready for Christmas. “Un Nacimiento” (“Nativity Scene”) captures that innocent, happy childhood moment.

You’ll also hear seasonal favorites by Stephen Paulus and John Rutter.


Related Links

List of VPR Classical Holiday programming List of VPR Holiday programming
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