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THE NATIVITY BELLS

by Robert Wendel
Description: This work reaches back over 400 years to Renaissance composer William Byrd for its inspiration as the orchestra imitates the sound of church bells first from afar, then closer and closer as churches around the world join in announcing the birth of the Savior in a joyous peal. Almost hypnotic in its effect, the orchestration explores many different combinations of sustained and percussive combinations to add to the gradually building sonorities.
Comments: Premiere cycle now includes: The Atlanta Symphony and The Gulf Coast Symphony.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp, Chimes, Glock, Crotales, Harp, Celesta, and Strings.
Duration:3:45
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.

CARIBBEAN SLEIGH RIDE

by Robert Wendel
Description: As it gets cold outside, turn up the holiday heat with this fast merengue full of congas, guira, temple blocks, whip cracks, and authentic Latin rhythms. This will be a fun surprise for all at any holiday concert.
Comments: Premiere cycle included: The Orlando Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Anderson Symphony, Desert Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Richardson Symphony, and TV broadcast premiere by The Flint Symphony. NOW a truly International "hit" with 31 performances scheduled in Canada, Ireland, and Scotland, as well as the USA for 2013!
Comments: "Not that there weren't fun surprises among the Christmas fare, too: A percussive bounce permeated "Caribbean Sleigh Ride" by Robert Wendel as island-flavored snippets of carols such as "Jingle Bells" bubbled over the beat." — Matt Palm - The Orlando Sentinel Nov. 27, 2010
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ opt B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - 3-4 percussion, harp[opt], piano[opt], and strings
Duration:4 minutes
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

STILL, STILL, STILL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A new setting of the traditional Austrian Carol for small orchestra with very easy optional wordless boy choir, childrens or womens chorus. This work has been described by critics as "atmospheric," and we totally agree.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/0/0 -0/0/0/0 - 3 perc, celeste, harp, and Violins 1 & 2 and violas only.
Duration:2:50
Cost:$160/+$80/+$40 Rental Only.
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.

CAROL OF THE BELLS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: GO WILD if you care to with this free-wheeling arrangement of a traditional Ukranian carol which includes optional parts for as many metallic pitched instruments as you want, including glock, chimes, bell tree, hand bells, and even 3-pitched "Turandot" gongs! This one is a show stopper.
Comments: "Carol of the Bells is a stunning arrangement, and got a big response from the audience!" — Carl Topilow, cond. The Cleveland Pops.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp[opt], celeste[opt, or piano opt], and strings - Plus parts for optional HANDBELL choir and 3 pitched "Turandot" gongs or low bells.
Duration:3:40
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Notes:Optional set of handbell parts available upon request.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

IN THE MANGER

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Away In a Manger and Gesu Bambino are combined with a bit of "Venite Adoremus" in a truly beautiful musical Christmas picture.
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/0/opt 3/ - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings + optional HANDBELL choir.
Duration:3:45
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

BRASSY HOLIDAYS

by Scott Hale (pictured)
Description:
Scott Hale
A wonderful fanfare for brass, percussion, and optional organ that is perfect for a concert prologue or after intermission "Entr'acte." As heard in the end credits for "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicanted TV special.
Instrumentation:4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, Bass Trombone & Tuba plus opt Timpani, 2-3 Percussion, and (ad lib) Organ.
Duration:2:45
Cost:$120/+$60/+$30 Rental Only.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

CHRISTMAS MORNING

by Christopher Nickel (pictured)
Description:
A beautiful sound portrait of falling snow, the children awaking and running downstairs to open their presents, a brass band playing carols in the distance, the family dinner, and a fanfare-like finale to the spirit of the day.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+EHn/2+ BCl/2+CBn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, celeste/piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:45
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Notes: Mr. Nickel's awards include the 2004 Gold Metal for Best Action Score at the Park City Film Music Festival, the 2002 Golden Key International Performing Arts Award for Musical Composition, two 2009 JPF awards for "Best Contemporary Classical Album" as well as "Best Contemporary Classical Song" for Horizons, and two Leo Award nominations in the category of Best Score - Feature Length Drama for the films Loaded Dice and Thirst.
Notes: 2011 Premiere cycle included the Atlanta Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

FOLLOWING YONDER STAR

by Christopher Nickel
Description: Following the great success of Chris Nickel's "Christmas Morning" introduced in 2011, we now offer this moving musical portrait of the journey to Bethlehem by the 3 Magi: A starry night, appearance of the "star" and the journey across the desert, arrival in Bethlehem, finding the stable, the adoration of the Baby, and then off on the return journey.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2+EHn/2+ BCl/2+CBn - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, piano, and strings.
Duration:4:40
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Notes: 2012 Premiere by the Atlanta Symphony

CHRISTMAS FANTASIA

arranged by David Culross (pictured)
Description:
David Culross
"He Is Born, The Divine Christ Child," "Patapan," and "Masters In This Hall" take on a new life in this very modern-sounding medley with a definite "Renaissance" twist. Fun for orchestra and audience alike!
Instrumentation:3 (1d recorder, 3d picc)/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:45
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

FANFARE & CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

arranged by David Culross
Description: After an opening fanfare for brass, which can be performed with antiphonal placement in the balconies we are given new treatments of "Sing We Now Of Christmas," and "Angels We Have Heard On High" for the strings, winds and percussion before the brass rejoin (on stage) for the finale on "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing!"
Instrumentation:3(3d picc)/2/2+ B Cl/2 - 3/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, piano-keyboard, and strings.
Duration:4:15
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Notes: This work was commissioned and premiered by the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2010.

COVENTRY CAROL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A Christmas Classic for Chimes, Harp, & Strings, arranged in the style of Vaughan Williams. Optional handbell parts available.
Comments: "...the stand out was his arrangement of the beautiful "Coventry Carol," which was full-bodied and richly scented with Vaughan Williams-like harmonies." — Andrew Lane, cond. Florida West Coast Sym. - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Instrumentation:
Duration:3:40
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

A CLASSICAL CHRISTMAS SUITE

arranged by Robert Wendel
 
Description: A classical Christmas suite. As equally at home on a year-end subscription concert as it is at a Holiday Pops concert, this suite draws its energy from 4 classical works kept as "in tact" as possible while giving full nod to the Christmas spirit!
Individual Movements:
  1. Overture to a Merry Christmas ( 3 minutes ) $200/+$100/+$50 Rented seperately

    Mozart's Marriage of Figaro meets Joy to the World.
    "...an outstanding piece..." — Winkie Lee, Goldsboro News

  2. We Three Kings (So Unfinished Are...) ( 3:45 ) $190/+$95/+$47.50 Rented seperately

    Based on Schubert's Unfinished Symphony

  3. Jingle Fourth ( 3:25 ) $190/+$95/+$47.50 Rented seperately

    Mahler's Fourth Symphony turns into Jingle Bells.

  4. Little Bolero Boy ( 4 minutes ) $220/+$110/+$55 Rented seperately

    The Little Drummer Boy a la Maurice Ravel

Comments:

"Best of all these head puzzles was Robert Wendel's "Classical Christmas Suite", which craftily blended some well-known pieces from the symphonic repertoire with various seasonal favourites, all the while showing such good understanding of the original music. Who knew that Mendelssohn had only finished with "Joy to the World" what Mozart had begun so well in his overture to "The Marriage of Figaro?" It was all very clever fun, which could be enjoyed at many levels." — "The Brantford Expositor," by Murray Charters, December 10, 2012

"(Steven) Reineke brought us something really different in Robert Wendel's variation on a classic theme- "Little Bolero Boy." Combining Ravel with the Katherine K. Davis classic had me looking at something fresh in the familiar music, though I did feel a little naughty as the inevitable build happened. There's no other word but WOW! — "Swingin' Christmas" with NY Pops, "Q onStage" by Sherri Rase December, 2011

"This brilliantly clever composition, (you'd swear you were listening to Bolero, although it was clearly The Little Drummer Boy), was a thrilling toe tapper — possessing the same relentlessly hypnotic pulsations as the original piece." — Stewart Schulman, Theaterscene.net January 1, 2012

"Outstanding among all those smart arrangers was the work of Connecticut born Robert Wendel. Responsible for two other highlights ("In The Manger" and "We Need A Little Christmas"), his fiendishly clever marriages of well-known classical pieces with various carols in his "Classical Christmas Suite" early in the program was an absolute delight. Wendel nailed the essence of Mozart, Schubert and Ravel, while guiding their sounds into stimulating settings of five tunes from Joy to the World through Little Town of Bethlehem, We Three Kings, and Star of Wonder to a perfectly selected Little Drummer Boy to replace the repetitious melody of Bolero." — Murray Charters, Music Critic for The Brantford Expositor, Canada.

"The most unusual, by far, was Robert Wendel's 'Little Drummer Boy', an astonishingly successful hybrid of Ravel's 'Bolero' with the familiar song by Henry Onorati. Anyone a little bit high would have thought it was Ravel's 'Bolero', complete with snare drum and brassy send-up at the end." — Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music Writer for The Cincinnati Post

"The other number that really got my attention was an instrumental version of 'Little Drummer Boy' that was arranged like Ravel's Bolero! In fact from the very first listen the song could have been very easily written that way. This is a good example of arranging and orchestration and something to look for on a Christmas album, a little different and unique." — Goldenscores.com

"An arrangement of 'Little Drummer Boy' based on Ravel's 'Bolero' is pure genius..." — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (BP) Thursday, December 14, 2006

Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, and strings. Alternate parts included for a 2/2/2/2 - 2/2/0/0, timp, 1 perc and strings version of the first 3 movements.
Duration:14-15 minutes (no trap set)
Cost:$480/+$240/+$120 Rental Only. All movements are available separately as priced above.
Notes: A CD quality download of the first 3 movements from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.
Notes:"Little Bolero Boy" has been recorded by Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops on TELARC CD-80538.

CHRISTMAS A LA VALSE!

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A medley of holiday tunes in 3/4 time: Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella, We Three Kings, The Skaters' Waltz, Greensleeves, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Wassail, Wassail, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. This is one of our annual "sell-outs" with over 200 performances since it was introduced. Order early!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:6:00
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Notes:This work has been recorded by Michael Krajewski with the Houston Symphony and The Atlanta Youth Symphony's "Second Chance Christmas" album.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

Works with Chorus and/or Soloists

A MERRY CHRISTMAS SING ALONG

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: The traditional favorites, "Deck The Halls," "Jingle Bells," "O Come All Ye Faithful," "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Silent Night," and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" are now combined in an easy audience sing-along in better keys, with better transitions and lead-ins. Also, we have provided several cuts to shorten this medley to 5 minutes if needed. Moreover, we have included an optional section of "Silent Night" for humming chorus with or without string quartet, plus a break to insert your own greeting from the conductor or concert host. Truly easy, very flexible, and eminently singable with or without an on-stage chorus! Several clients have also reported that this medley works very well as a concert "finale" with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" used as curtain call music!
Instrumentation:2+(opt)Picc/2+(opt)EHn/2+(opt)BCl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp + 2-3 Perc - Harp (opt) - Organ/Keyboard(Opt) strings, and Optional SATB chorus.
Duration:6:20 (5:00 with all optional cuts)
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
50 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: The 2012 premiere cycle included: The Atlanta Symphony, the Houston Symphony, The Flint Symphony, The Rockford Symphony, The Grand Rapids Symphony, The Warren Symphony, and the Texarkana Symphony.

THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani (pictured)
Description:
Vince Trani
An original work for chorus and orchestra by Robert Wendel with co-lyricist Vince Trani which celebrates all the various bell sounds of the Christmas season: The postman ringing your door bell, Church Bells, Sidewalk Santa and Salvation Army bells and even your phone bell!
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2+ opt B. Cl/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, opt celeste [or piano], opt HANDBELLS, and strings
Duration:3:40
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

IT WOULDN'T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
Description: An jazzy original work for for baritone or mezzo solo, or chorus and orchestra by composer Robert Wendel and lyricist Vince Trani that expresses the universal longing for family and friends to be together at Christmas time.
Comments: "The audience really enjoyed the "newness" of the music as well as the piece itself, and the orchestra had fun playing it! In short, it works!" — Richard Chiarappa, cond. The West Hartford Symphony.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Set +2 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:3:10
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books with extra books available at 25¢ each.
Notes: Premiere cycle included The Flint Symphony, The Arkansas Symphony, and The West Hartford Symphony.

SANTA DEAR

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
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Description: An original work for childrens chorus [or solo] and orchestra with lyrics by Vince Trani and music by Robert Wendel. This is a rather humorous "letter of denial" to Santa from someone who seems to get into a lot of trouble during the year. What if Bart Simpson wrote a letter to santa? This would be it!
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 -0/0/0/0 - timp, 2 perc, celeste (or piano), harp, and strings.
Duration:3:10
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:Our customers tell us that when this selection is performed by an adult in pajamas and a Teddy Bear, the comic result is amazing, with twice the laughs! Usually a board member, VIP, or local "celebrity" is used for maximum "effect."

CHRISTMAS THROUGH CHILDRENS EYES

by Robert Wendel and Vince Trani
Description: A new, original work for chorus and orchestra in waltz time. Mostly a joyous evocation of the simple joys of a younger age, but with a nostalgic turn in the coda. Premiered 2001 by Ken Staton and the Kona Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
Instrumentation:2+picc-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp - chimes - glock - sleigh bells - piatti - toy piano / harp / strings and SATB choir.
Duration:3:50
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

STILL, STILL, STILL

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A new setting of the traditional Austrian Carol for small orchestra with very easy optional wordless boy choir, childrens or womens chorus.
Instrumentation:2/1+E Hn/0/0 -0/0/0/0 - 3 perc, celeste, harp, and Violins 1 & 2 and violas only.
Duration:2:50
Cost:$160/+$80/+$40 Rental Only.
20 chorus books provided. Additional books are available at 25¢ each.

IN THE MANGER (Vocal Version)

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: Away In a Manger and Gesu Bambino are combined with a bit of "Venite Adoremus" in a truly beautiful musical Christmas picture for choirs or soloists. Suggested combinations are: children's choir + womens chorus, children's choir + male or female soloist, or SATB chorus split as women and men.
Comments:
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/0/opt 3/ - Timpani, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings + 2 vocal lines.
Duration:3:45
Cost:
Notes:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 vocal scores. Extra scores are available at 25¢ each.

AN EVERGREEN CHRISTMAS

arranged by Robert Wendel
Description: A wonderful medley of "Oh Christmas Tree," "The Holly And The Ivy," and "Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly" that is both rousing and tender, yet quick to rehearse.
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, 3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:4:00
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:Used for the Christmas Tree lighting in "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicated TV special.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS

by Jerry Herman
Description:
Jerry Herman
The perfect opener for chorus & orchestra, with quotes from Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, White Christmas, and a direct reference to the Maestro!
Comments: "Another song on the unique side is "We Need A Little Christmas" from the long running show Mame. It's rousing and moves along quite nicely, a nice broadway number." — Goldenscores.com
Instrumentation:2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, and strings
Duration:3:10 [ASCAP]
Cost:$280/+$140/+$70 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:This movement has been recorded by Erich Kunzel & The Cincinnati Pops on TELARC CD-80538. and The Atlanta Youth Symphony's "Second Chance Christmas" album. Please note that the demo mp3 available above is NOT from the Telarc or Atlanta CD.
This selection was also featured nationally in a Wal-Mart TV commercial in 2008.
This selection was used as dance music for a float in the 2012 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade national telecast on NBC.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS OF ALL

by Jerry Herman
Description: From Jerry Herman's Emmy nominated CBS television special "Mrs. Santa Claus." For 2 soloists (alto & baritone) or chorus and orchestra in a spectacular orchestration by Larry Blank.
Instrumentation:2+picc/1+E Hn/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - Timpani, Trap Drums, 2-3 percussion, harp, celeste, and strings. Please specify 'Solos' or 'Chorus'.
Duration:3:00 [ASCAP]
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:This work was used for the opening credits of "Hollywood Holiday At The Grove" 2005 syndicated TV special.

RUDOLPH, BELLS & HOLLY

(The Christmas Hits Of Johnny Marks arranged by Robert Wendel)
(perusal materials available upon request)
Description:
Johnny Marks
For the Johnny Marks Centennial in 2009, we bring you a fresh, NEW medley for chorus and orchestra of his 4 greatest Christmas hits: "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," and "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day." From a very simple start to a stirring conclusion, this arrangement will delight the young and old alike... and don't be surprised if your audience starts to sing along!
Instrumentation:2+picc-2-2+BCl-2/4-3-3-1/timp-chimes-glock-sleigh bells-piatti-temple blocks, bass drum, optional organ/harp/strings and SATB choir.
Duration:6:00
Cost:$280/+$140/+$70 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Additional books are available at 50¢ each.
Notes: This work is intended for SATB chorus, however, a children's choir can be added as in the demo recording.
Notes: For those who want to "keep it light" you can pencil in a final chord at bar 117. This shortened (3:35) version which excludes the last number can be heard by clicking HERE

HODIE

by Michael Gilbertson
Description:
Michael Gilbertson
This original work by a remarkable young composer and multiple ACSCAP and BMI award winner exudes a freshness and energy sure to delight your audiences as well as your performers.
Comments: "... a startlingly original piece -- a setting of the ancient Latin text, "Hodie" by a young composer, Michael Gilbertson -- was a jaw dropper featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, skillfully led by its director, Pearl Shangkuan. The young composer from Iowa is 21 years old now, but he appears to have absorbed that many musical styles and more when he wrote this piece at age 15." - Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The Grand Rapids Press
Instrumentation:2[2nd dbl picc]-2-2-2 ­ 4-3-2-1 ­ Timp, perc, harp, and strings + SATB chorus.
Duration:5:40
Cost:$280/+$140/+$70 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra chorus books are available at 25¢ each.
Notes:This work was featured on the 2006 global telecast "Candles & Carols" and was also featured on the 2005 and 2011 Christmas concerts telecast by the Flint Symphony, Michigan.
Notes: A CD quality download of this work from the album "Christmas - Old & New" is available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

BEHOLD!

by Michael Gilbertson
Description: With text by Susan Swift, this new and glorious work for chorus and orchestra evokes a portrait of the angels singing on high at the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. A truly stirring and inspiring work.
Comments: Co-Premiered by The Dubuque Symphony and The Rockford Symphony December, 2011
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp + 3 perc, harp and strings with SATB chorus
Duration:4:25
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus Books. Extra books are available at 25¢ each.

NIGHT OF ANGELS

by Michael Gilbertson
Description: Based on a compilation of texts by Sarah Teasdale and John Milton, Night of Angels tells the story of the shepherds on the night of Christ's birth, describing their humility, reverence, and sense of wonder. The work is intensely lyrical throughout, and reaches an exalted climax with a Gabrielli-like fanfare.
Comments: Premiered by The Rockford Symphony on Dec. 13, 2008
Instrumentation:2+Picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp + 3 perc, harp and strings with SATB chorus
Duration:5:30
Cost:$240/+$120/+$60 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus Books. Extra books are available at 25¢ each.

ANGELS IN THE SNOW

by Tracey Rush (pictured)
Description:
Tracey Rush
A delightful holiday musical Christmas Card commission/premiered in 1998 by the Knoxville Symphony (Kirk Trevor). 1999 saw performances by the Pittsburgh Symphony (7 performances), Dubuque [IA] Symphony, Kona Community Orchestra and others. 2002 had 7 performances by Erich Kunzel.
Comments: "Destined to become a new holiday standard." — Lucas Richman, Conductor of The Pittsburgh Symphony
Instrumentation:2-2-2-2/4-3-3-1/timp +3perc/harp/strings SATB choir, 2-part treble choir, solo SATB quartet.
Duration:4:12
Cost:$280/+$140/+$70 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books and 20 treble books. Extra books are available at 25¢ each.

THE FRIENDLY BEASTS

arranged by Tracey Rush
Description: A touching carol for childrens chorus and reduced orchestra where the 'animals' present at the Nativity recount their contribution to the baby's birth. Premiered by the Dubuque Symphony, Nicholas Palmer conducting.
Instrumentation:1/1/2/2 - 3/0/0/0 - 2 perc + strings plus children's chorus.
Duration:4:00
Cost:$200/+$100/+$50 Rental Only.
Includes 20 chorus books.

LITTLE CHRISTMAS CHILD

by Thomas Q. Fulton, Jr. and Dr. Michael T. Griffith (pictured)
Description:
Michael Griffith
A tender carol for chorus and orchestra. The very spirit of Christmas expressed in its simplest form, instantly memorable and very quick to rehearse.
Comments: "A lovely but unfamiliar carol, it deserves to be heard." — Tony Mastroianni, The Cleveland Press, 12/12/08.
Instrumentation:2/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/0 - glock, and strings.
Duration:2:30
Cost:$160/+$80/+$40 Rental Only.
Includes 50 chorus books. Extra books available at 50¢ each.

IN THE GIVING WE RECEIVE

by Kim Oler (pictured) and Greer Woodward
Description:
Kim Oler
This new Christmas Classic for chorus and orchestra, already in the libraries of many choruses has now been orchestrated for chamber orchestra by Robert Wendel at the request of the composer.
Instrumentation:2/1/2/2 - 2/0/0/0 - Glock, Triangle, and strings.
Duration:3:30
Cost:$160/+$80/+$40 Rental Only. Includes 50 chorus books.

ONE EARTH, ONE SKY

by Kim Oler and Alison Hubbard
Description: This new holiday hymn is equally at home as a Christmas or Chanukah work and can easily bridge the two in concert as it sings of one earth, one sky, and one God that unites us all in peace and brotherhood on this planet. The phrase: "Shanti, Salaam, Shalom" ("peace" in Sanskrit, Arabic, and Hebrew) is repeated in every refrain. This is a work of true beauty and utter simplicity.
Instrumentation:2/1/2/2 - 2/1+E Hn/2/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Chimes, Triangle, and strings.
Duration:3:00
Cost:$160/+$80/+$40 Rental Only. Includes 50 chorus books.

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