We attended the Washington Chorus’s presentation of their A Candlelight Christmas last evening. It was very special, again, and was, as always, enjoyable, comfortable, and inspiring. The choruses (there is always an exceptional local high school chorus who joins the main chorus) do such an amazing job. The performance, location, lighting, and atmosphere all contributes to the beauty and amazement of this annual event.
Here was the playlist:
1. Once in Royal David’s City
2. O Come, All Ye Faithful
3. Choral Fanfare: Gloria
4. Sing We To This Merry Company
5. Hodie Christus Natus Est
6. Nino Lindo
7. Un Flambeau
8. Carol of the Bells
9. Good King Wenceslas
10. Here We Come A-Caroling
11. Deck the Halls
12. This Christmastide
13. Out of the Orient Crystal Skies
14. Hymn to the Virgin
15. A New Year Carol
16. This Little Babe
17. Angels We Have Heard on High
18. Joy to the World
19. In the Bleak Midwinter
20. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
21. Still, Still, Still
22. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
23. Silent Night
24. The Dream Isaiah Saw
25. Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Our favorite of the evening was The Dream Isaiah Saw. (Follow the link and read about the song’s connection to 9/11.) Powerful words, sounds, composition, and meaning. Really, really an excellent song and presentation.
We are blessed to live in a place where we can enjoy the arts like what we saw last evening. Along with the culture, presence, and astounding professionalism of the artists, we had fun, too. The fun part was that the audience was included in some of the singing – we were asked to stand and sing out loud on four or five songs! Singing with a conductor, two choruses, a brass and percussion section, and 2,400 people is pretty awesome – the goose bumps kind of awesome.
A special shout-out to Price, my friend. Best wishes and godspeed to you and your wife and family in your new endeavors. I can’t believe it! I have never heard of such an outrageous thing so it must be a god-thing and I am sure it will be quite the adventure. I hope to still see you now and then but that is huge, Price! Amazing.
Thanks to Niki for the pano at the bottom. Click on it for a bit bigger rendition.