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A holiday concert like no other

Exploring the celebration of season in the world's many traditions -- and in our own inimitable style!

November 23, 2002 | Unity Church, Enola

Dan Krynak, Artistic Director
Catharine Roth, Accompanist (Piano)
Renee Bartholomew, Percussion


O Mama Bakudala Babethandasa
Traditional song at gatherings of the South African Xhosa women, invoking the spirits of their maternal ancestors
Our mothers and grandmothers used to pray

Winter Solstice Moon
Words and music by David F. Long, Inspired by Hopi sources

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Words by Sammy Cahn; Music by Jule Styne; Arranged by Ed Lojeski

Carol of the Bells
Music by M. Leontovich; Lyrics and arrangement by Peter J. Wilhousky

Heart of the Mother
Michael Stillwater (from Greg Tamblyn’s Art from the Heart)
Soloists: Joanne Nicholson (guitar) and Linda Noble

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Johann Sebastian Bach
Arranged by Margaret Dryburgh and Norah Chambers
This piece is part of the collection, Song of Survival. During World War Two, hundreds of Dutch, Australian, and British women who had been living in Sumatra, Malaya, and Singapore, were captured by the Japanese and held in a jungle prison camp. Among them were Dryburgh and Chambers, who used their musical training, talents, and memory to arrange (using stubs of pencils and scraps of paper) classical orchestral works for a “vocal orchestra” The chorus sang for a year, until half its members had died (Dryburgh among them). In recent years, this music was recorded and this moving story told in the movie, Paradise Road.

Hanukkah Shalom
Arranged by Dan Schwartz
Hevenu shalom aleychem (Hebrew greeting: peace be unto you)

Dona Nobis Pacem
Traditional Latin round
Grant us peace

Deep Peace
Bill Douglas, on the text of a Gaelic blessing
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you
Deep peace to you.

Study War No More
Traditional African American spiritual, arranged by J. David Moore

Un Flambeau, Jeannette Isabella
Choral setting and English text by Ralph Raymond Hayes, Traditional French carol

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Adapted and arranged by Steven Milloy
Soloists: Amy Shestack and Keri Weikert

Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Adapted and arranged by Steven Milloy
Soloists: Jennifer Davis and Suzanne Noll

For All to See
Jerald Thomas Hawhee
A contemplation of the Hanukkah Lights, Based on the traditional melodies Hayo Hayo, Shibbolet Basadeh, and Maoz Tzur
Soloist: Beth L. Stone

Shalom Chaverim
Israeli folk song arranged, with English lyrics, by Dan Schwartz
Peace be with you

Coming Out on Christmas
Words by Carl Sturgis; Arranged by Dean X. Johnson

Gate Gate
Brian Tatee
The Sanskrit text of Gate Gate (pronounced Gah-tay) appears at the end of the Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra and is generally regarded as the essence of Buddhist teaching. Gate is “gone,” gone from suffering to liberation, from forgetfulness to mindfulness, from duality to non-duality. Parasamgate can be loosely translated as “the entire community of beings has gone over to the other shore.” Bodhi is the light inside, enlightenment, or awakening. Svaha is a cry of joy or excitement, like “hallelujah.”

Encore: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Traditional Appalachian, arranged by J. David Moore

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