Harstine Island Community Choir
Women of Note
Evergreen Brass Quintet
Founded in 1981, EBQ is an award winning ensemble performing concerts throughout the Northwest. EBQ has received grants for educational programs from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the Pierce County Arts Commission, the Cheney foundation, the Fuch Foundation and the Washington State Arts Commission. Formal and less-formal concerts, school programs, clinics and seminars presented in a relaxed and communicative manner are EBQ’s trade marks. EBQ’s repertoire includes everything from Bach to Bop!...Sousa to Swing!
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Mendelssohn arr. Dan Forrest
Ding Dong! Merrily On High Trad. English arr. Howard Cable
Shepherds, Run Along Trad. Polish, Setting by Mager
Shepherds run along and bring your pipes to play!
On your way to Bethlehem without delay!
Haste ye to the manger lowly; come and see the Holy Child, Jesus mild.
There upon the hills surrounding Bethlehem came an angel messenger with new for them:
"Glory to God in heaven, to us a Son is given; heav'nly birth, peace on Earth!"
O Christmas Tree Trad. German arr. Howard Cable
The First Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon Trad. English, Pachelbel arr.Clawson
The Sounds of Christmas P.L. Renoudet arr. Elizabeth Berndt
This song was originally on a Disneyland Records album in 1973 and was recorded by Pete Renoudet. It brings to mind music from classic Christmas movies and the spectacle of Disneyland firework shows.
Wexford Carol Trad. Irish arr. Schultz
Good people all, this Christmastime,
consider well and bear in mind
what our good God for us has done,
in sending his beloved son.
With Mary holy we should pray
to God with love this Christmas day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn
there was a blessed Messiah born.
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep,
to whom God's angels did appear,
which put the shepherds in great fear.
"Prepare and go," the angels said,
"To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you'll find this happy morn,
a princely babe, sweet Jesus born."
With thankful heart and joyful mind,
the shepherds went the babe to find,
and as God's angel foretold,
they did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger he was laid,
and by his side the virgin maid,
attending on the Lord of life,
who came to end all strife.
A princely babe, sweet Jesus born.
Christmas Is… Maxwell/Faith arr. Harry Simeone
Appalachian Carols Gwyneth Walker
"The four songs selected for Appalachian Carols either had their origins in the Appalachian Mountains, or were adopted and transformed by this region. Thus, they are considered part of the folk and spiritual tradition of the Appalachian musical heritage. These new arrangements for chorus and brass quintet aim to retain the melodic and harmonic simplicity of the original carols, while expanding upon the inherent character of each song. Therefore, "Wondrous Love" is presented in a straightforward manner, perhaps similar to a Processional. The block chords in the brass evolve into fluid lines to usher in the verse "Ye winged seraphs fly." And newly-composed passages of "Hosanna to the new-born King" are woven into the original song. Harmonies in this setting are purposely open and sparse, within a folk idiom. "Cherry Tree Carol" exists in many versions. The origin of this melody is Kentucky. The words are a composite of various sources. And the focus of this interpretation is the sense of fear and awe that Joseph and Mary felt upon realizing that their baby would be the Son of God. "On the day of my birth, you will tremble with fear." Before this serious ending, however, there is time to dally picking cherries! "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" is another Kentucky folk carol. To enhance the lullaby nature of the song, the singers are two soli (i.e. the parents). And, as might well suit the pastoral quality of the lyrics, the accompaniment is simply a French Horn. "Go Tell it on the Mountain" is a spiritual in origin. This arrangement is in a swing rhythm. And a blues element is added through mixing of major and minor harmonies. This is a particularly joyous song."
Joy to the World! Trad. English arr. Dan Forrest