What Sweeter Music

Sunday, December 19, 2021 - 5:00 PM
Church of the Redeemer
222 S Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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The holidays will resound with spectacular brass, organ, and choral arrangements of Christmas classics. The concert features arrangements by one of the world’s finest brass quintets, the Canadian Brass. One of the founding members of this venerated ensemble, Ronald Romm, will be lead trumpet for this Choral Artists performance.  The concert features spectacular brass, organ, and choral arrangements, notably by the Canadian Brass, of Christmas classics. Mezzo-soprano Amy Jo Connours, and organists Ann Stephenson-Moe and Sam Nelson join the 30 Choral Artists singers for this joyful holiday concert.

Joseph Holt, artistic director for Choral Artists, says that the group’s holiday program has been a favorite for years. “Now, more than ever, there’s a need to gather together and celebrate—and sing along to—the sounds of the season. And the sounds of the season will ring majestically in this opulent program filled with holiday choral favorites accompanied by organ and brass.”

Holt explains that the concert features arrangements by one of the world’s finest brass quintets, the Canadian Brass, which was founded in 1970. Ronald Romm, one of the founding members of this venerated ensemble will be lead trumpet for this Choral Artists performance. His son, Aaron Romm, currently acting principal with the Sarasota Orchestra, will be playing second trumpet.

“The concert’s title is taken from one of the loveliest Christmas anthems, What Sweeter Music by John Rutter,” says Holt. “And it kicks off with one of the most joyous concert anthems ever written, Welcome All Wonders by Richard Dirksen, in a lavish display of color, harmony and dramatic flair.”

Featuring

Amy Jo Connours, mezzo-soprano
Sam Nelson, organist
Ann Stephenson-Moe, organist

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Program

Richard Dirksen: Welcome All Wonders
J.S. Bach: Wachet Auf
Michael Praetorius: Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming
Gwyneth Walker: Alpha and Omega
George F. Handel: Hallelujah Chorus
Patti Drennan: Gospel Magnificat
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
James Bassi: Wexford Carol
John Francis Wade, arr. David Willcocks: O Come, All Ye Faithful
John Rutter: What Sweeter Music
Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night
Felix Mendelssohn, arr. David Willcocks: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

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Price of event: $35