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Music In The Making: Christmas Special

It’s that time of year…prepare to be filled with Christmas cheer!


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Music in the Making’s Christmas Special! An hour of holiday music from the Moores School of Music.

Leroy Anderson: A Christmas Festival
Moores School Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
Moores Opera House

A Christmas medley performed by the Moores School Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. Listen for “Deck the Halls,” “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells,” and other favorites.

Thomas Juneau: The Nativity
ManCorps and ManChoir; Abigail Silva, harp; Jeb Mueller, conductor
Moores Opera House

A retelling of the Christmas story by American composer Thomas Juneau. This recording is from the world premier of the work, called “The Nativity,” and given jointly by ManCorps and ManChoir, two choruses open to students from all disciplines at University of Houston.

Alfred Reed: Russian Christmas Music
Moores School Symphonic Winds; Marc Martin, conductor
Moores Opera House

Alfred Reed’s work for symphonic band, titled “Russian Christmas Music” has an interesting history; it was commissioned for a concert promoting American-Russian cooporation during World War II, after the successful invasion of the Allied forces. Reed, an American composer, thus drew on the sororities and rhythms of the Eastern Orthodox Church music, as well as utilizing Russian folk music, including an authentic 16th century Christmas Carol called, “Carol of the Little Russian Children.”

Sing We Now of Christmas, arr. Brian Cook
University Women’s Chorus; Betsy Cook Weber, conductor
Winter’s Night, Nicholas Myers
Floreat; Alexander Bruce, conductor
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, arr. Blythe Hopson
Moores Opera House

A collection of Christmas Carols performed by various choruses from the Moores School of Music. After all, what’s Christmas music, if you can’t sing along!

This episode originally aired Sunday, December 25th, 2016. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical.