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By the Light of the Stars


This holiday program is full of drama and dazzling, resonant, shimmering sounds that nearly levitate the singers off the stage and fill the audience with awe and wonder.

The concert opens with costumed and dramatized scenes from Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” with their trademark oboe and soprano solos.  Then follow the classics of Mendelssohn’s “There Shall A Star from Jacob,” Biebl’s “Ave Maria” and Thompson’s “Choose Something Like a Star.”  Cutting-edge sonorities by modern masters Pärt and Raminsh make you imagine that the stars themselves are singing, and then Whitacre’s treasured soundscape “Sleep” lures you into an otherworldly realm.

The ethereal resonance of Esenvald’s choral clusters in his hot-of the–press octavo, “Stars,” includes the playing of tuned water glasses and crystal bowls. For the grand finale we bring you the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer grandiosity of Mack Wilberg, with a set of Christmas pieces written for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

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