Twin Cities MN area: Phipps Festival Chorus concerts

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Twin Cities MN area: Phipps Festival Chorus concerts

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The Phipps Festival Chorus, under the direction of Thomas Dahle, will present two concerts of Advent and Christmas seasonal music at 3:00 and 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 3, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. The program includes works by several Twin Cities area composers:

Part I.

Hark! the herald angels sing - arranged by Carol Barnett, SATB voices with oboe and handbells

This Advent Moon - by Charles H. Giffen, SATB divisi voices a cappella

Jeg er saa glad - Norse folk carol, arranged by Paul Christiansen, SATB a cappella

Beautiful Star - by Libby Larsen, SATB voices with handbells and strings

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day - arranged by David Willcocks, SATB divisi voices a cappella

Once in royal David's city - by Daniel Kallman, SATB divisi voices and piano

There is no rose - by Howard Helvey, SATB voices a cappella

Sleigh Ride - by Leroy Anderson, arr. by Mark Brymer, SATB voices and piano

Part II.

Hail, Christmas Day! - by Abbie Betinis, SATB voices a cappella

What is this lovely fragrance? - arranged by John Ferguson, SATB voices with flute and handbells

It came upon the midnight clear - arranged by Paul Sjolund, SATB voices and piano

Not one sparrow is forgotten - Shaker Hymn, arranged by William Hawley, SATB voices a cappella

Caroling, Caroling - Medley of Alfred Burt carols, arranged by Mark Hayes, SATB voices and piano

Alleluia - by Ralph Manuel, SATB divisi voices, a cappella


Carol Barnett is a member of the Augsburg College faculty in Minneapolis.

Charles H. Giffen is a musician and retired mathematician who resides in North Hudson, WI. This concert marks the first Twin Cities area performances of This Advent moon, which was composed in the fall of 2009 for the composer's wife, Patricia, shortly after the untimely death of her father. The work is also being sung at Christ the Redeemer Church in Bryn Mawr, PA on November 27 and during Choral Evensong at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Exeter, UK on November 28.

Daniel Kallman has served on the St. Olaf music faculty and currently resides in Northfield, MN. He sets the hymn text "Once in royal David's city" to an original and very stirring tune.

Abbie Burt Betinis is the grandniece of Alfred Burt and lives in Saint Paul, MN. Her "Hail, Christmas Day!" is a spirited carol whose text was penned by her grandfather John Harris Burt and continues a tradition of carol writing begun by her great-grandfather, Rev. Bates G. Burt.

John Ferguson is a member of the St. Olaf music faculty.
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