2007 Christmas Concert —
Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, 2008
Carols: “Bid the night be peace”
The Choral Society has commissioned American composer Steven Sametz to compose a work in honor of Rodney Wynkoop’s 20th anniversary as our conductor. We are pleased to present the world premiere of “Thou whose birth,” a setting of the poem by A. C. Swinburne.
The second half of our concert is a program of carols and Christmas works associated with themes of night, stars, and peace suggested by Swinburne’s poem. Other highlights include carols arrange by the Choral Society’s own Mike Meyer (Assistant to the Conductor) and composed by the late Dr. Waldo Beach (a founding member of the Choral Society) and Durham’s own Pulitizer Prize–winning composer Robert Ward, who celebrated his 90th birthday in September.
|Thou whose birth (Part I)||Steven Sametz – world premiere|
|Jeg er saa glad||Peder Knudsen; arr. Paul Christiansen|
|In the lonely midnight||Gilbert M. Martin|
|Strålande jul||Gustaf Nordqvist|
|’Twas in the moon of wintertime||16th-cent.; arr. Antony Baldwin|
|That wondrous night of Christmas Eve||Robert Ward|
|Stille Nacht||Franz Gruber; arr. Ian Humphris|
|Chill of the nightfall||Waldo Beach|
|Long, long ago||Herbert Howells|
|Oh, how beautiful the sky||trad. Danish; arr. Paul Christiansen|
|O holy night||Adolphe Adam; arr. Michael L. Meyer|
|Thou whose birth, Part II (Dona nobis pacem)||Steven Sametz – world premiere|
About Steven Sametz and “Thou whose birth”
Text of the poem
Thou whose birth on earth
Angels sang to men,
While the stars made mirth,
Savior, at thy birth,
This day born again.
As this night was bright
With thy cradle-ray,
Very light of light,
Turn the wild world’s night
To thy perfect day.
Bid our peace increase,
Thou that madest morn;
Bid oppressions cease;
Bid the night be peace;
Bid the day be born.
From Songs Before Sunrise, Christmas Antiphones, I. In Church
(first two verses and last verse)