Magnificat: A Glorious Christmas Festival

Magnificat… A Glorious Christmas Festival

Saturday, December 9th, 2017
8:00 PM
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
74 South St.
Litchfield, CT

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
4:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church (St. John’s on the Green)
16 Church St.
Waterbury, CT

Join the Waterbury chorale in their 51st concert season with an unforgettable Christmas Chorale suite! Featuring John Rutter’s highly acclaimed Magnificat, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival and Bugler’s Holiday, and many other pieces that truly embraces the Christmas Season. Featuring composers Mack Wilberg, Mark Hayes, Molly Ijames, Craig Courtney, and others.

For tickets, please call Margrit Morely at (860) 945-6890, or clicking here.

Concert highlights:

John Rutter

  “The … Magnificat – a poetic outpouring of praise, joy and trust in God, ascribed by Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ – has always been one of the most familiar and well-loved of scriptural texts, not least because of its inclusion as a canticle in the Catholic office of Vespers and in Anglican Evensong. Musical settings of it abound, though surprisingly few of them since J.S. Bach’s time give the text extended treatment. I had long wished to write an extended Magnificat, but was not sure how to approach it until I found my starting point in the association of the text with the Virgin Mary. In countries such as Spain, Mexico and Puerto Rico, feast days of the Virgin are joyous opportunities for people to take to the streets and celebrate with singing, dancing and processions. These images of outdoor celebration were, I think, somewhere in my mind as I wrote, though I was not fully conscious of the fact till afterwards. I was conscious of following Bach’s example in adding to the liturgical text – with the lovely old English poem ‘Of a Rose’ and the prayer ‘Sancta Maria’ (both of which strengthen the Marian connection) and with the interpolated ‘Sanctus’, sung to the Gregorian chant of the Missa cum jubilo in the third movement”.  -John Rutter


Leroy Anderson

The famous work by Leroy Anderson against which all other Christmas medleys are judged! Including: Joy To the World; Deck the Halls; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Good King Wenceslas; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Silent Night; Jingle Bells and Adeste Fideles. Arranged for Chorus, this is the rival against all other Christmas works!