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Encore Houston, Episode 45: Houston Chamber Choir

The Houston Chamber Choir performs their 2016 Christmas at the Villa concert, with holiday music old and new!


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Houston Chamber Choir performing for Christmas at the Villa 2016

On this week’s Encore Houston, we feature the Houston Chamber Choir‘s yearly concert “Christmas at the Villa,” with a program of traditional carols and even new Christmas music performed at the Villa de Matel. In their 2016 concert, you’ll hear works from across the centuries celebrating the holiday, from the Medieval “Divinum mysterium” to works by living composers like John Rutter, Daniel Knaggs, and more!

Music in this episode:

  • FRANZ LISZT, An Old Christmas Carol
    • Monica Czausz, organ
  • TRADITIONAL; arr. Whitney Dobyns, The First Noel
    • Laura Smith, harp
  • SAMUEL BARBER, Chorale Prelude on Silent Night
    • Monica Czausz, organ
  • TRADITIONAL; arr. J. Todd Frazier, Of the father’s love begotten
  • PAVEL CHESNOKOV, Eternal Counsel
    • Jennifer Crippen, soloist
  • TRADITIONAL, O Come, all ye faithful
  • GUSTAV HOLST; arr. Whitney Dobyns, In the bleak midwinter
    • Laura Smith, harp
  • ALESSANDRO SCARLATTI, O magnum mysterium
  • DANIEL KNAGGS, Ave Maria
  • TRADITIONAL; arr. Edgar Pettman, I saw a maiden
  • DOMINICK DIORIO, Verbum caro factus est
  • BENJAMIN BRITTEN, A Ceremony of Carols
    • Laura Smith, harp
    • Ryan Stickney, soloist
    • Elizabeth Tait, soloist
    • Daniella D’Ingiullo, soloist
    • Kathleen Ruhleder, soloist
    • Kelli Mikeska, soloist
    • Kammi Estelle, soloist
  • TRADITIONAL, The First Noel
  • Poem: “If there is no peace” by Laozi Li Er
  • JOHN RUTTER, The Lord bless you and keep you
  • Performance date: 12/10-11/2016
  • Originally aired: 12/2/2017

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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