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Friday, December 20, 2013 Permalink

Welcome Christmas with Vocal Essence


Long a favorite from their appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, VocalEssence rings in the season with an all-new Welcome Christmas! It's an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence, and hosted for the fourteenth year by APM's John Birge.

Gramophone magazine called VocalEssence "excellent and vibrant." NEA Chairman Dana Gioia named them "one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time." Join us in December for holiday classics new and old, when Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence Welcome Christmas! from American Public Media.


John Rutter: Il est né, le divin enfant
Healey Willan: Quelle est cette odeur agréable
Henk Badings: À la venue de Noël (With the coming of Christmas)
Stephen Mager: Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
James Kallembach: That Yönge Child [World Premiere]
Malcolm Williamson: Ding Dong! Merrily On High
Stephen Jackson: Noël Nouvelet
Stephen Paulus: So Hallow'd Is the Time: Selections
Bizet L'Arlésienne: March of the Three Kings
Robert Sieving: O Stella de Bethlehem [World Premiere]
Adolphe Adam: Cantique de Noël (O Holy Night)
Todd Wilson: Les anges dans nos campagnes