Christmas Favorites

The Michael O’Neal Singers (MOS) just perfomed its Christmas Concert for an audience of 1000.   Joining us in our performance was the Georgia Regional Girls Choir (GRGC), a wonderful ensemble consisting of elementary through high school students.   In addition to an audience sing along and several individual pieces, the program consisted primarily of two extended works:  Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, performed by GRGC and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, performed by MOS.  These are two of my favorite “Christmas” pieces and each ensemble sang its respective selection splendidly.   In a world filled with so much noise that passes as music during this holiday season, it is refreshing to know there are still people who want to sing (and hear) music by composers such as Britten and Vivaldi.  Some of my other favorite holiday “big” works are Hodie by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat by J.S. Bach, and Laud to the Nativity by Ottavio Respighi.

I’m always interested in hearing what other people enjoy singing and hearing.  It  helps me as I plan future concerts!  So why not share some of your favorite extended (15 minutes or longer) Christmas choral selections?  Who knows?  You might find your favorite included in a future MOS concert!

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  • Sallie Honeychurch

    Wow! 1000 people — that’s amazing. One of my all-time favorites is the Vaughn Williams Fantasy on Christmas Carols. It’s such a festive piece, and wouldn’t John Laforge be awesome as the soloist!

  • Michael

    I agree that the “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” is beautiful. We did it several years ago. Perhaps it’s time for a repeat!

  • Jane Zinn

    I would like to sing, play (flute ) or hear Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, all Rutter Christmas music. (or all three!)

  • Dorothy Clark

    One of my favorites is a Moravian Christmas cantata, “The Prince of Peace Has Come” by Christian Gregor. A beautiful little Haydn-esque piece, probably about 20 minutes long, which is very singable by a good church choir.

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