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NOTES ON THE PROGRAM

Ken Meltzer Program Annotator

Part Four—Adoration “El Cant des Ocells” (“The Song of the Birds”) (arr. Pablo Casals) Daniel Laufer, cello “Coventry Carol” (arr. Shaw) “Sleep, O Lovely One” (arr. Jeffrey Van) Elisabeth Remy Johnson, harp “The Shepherds’ Farewell to the Holy Family” from L’enfance du Christ (Hector Berlioz) “Adeste, fideles”* (arr. Parker) NO INTERMISSION *The audience is invited to join the choruses in singing these familiar carols. Words are included on the following pages. Translations of the Vocal Selections, and Sing-Along Carols The audience is invited to join in singing the familiar carols marked with * “Gloria” from Gloria Francis Poulenc; Latin text from the Roman Catholic Mass Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. *Audience Sing-Along Carol “The First Nowell” 14th-century English carol; arr. David Willcocks The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! They lookèd up and saw a star, Shining in the east, beyond them far; And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav’nly Lord, That hath made heav’n and earth of naught, And with His blood mankind hath bought. Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel! “Hodie Christus natus est” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; traditional Latin text Today Christ is born. Today the Savior appears. Today on earth angels are singing, archangels rejoicing. Today they proudly proclaim, saying: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! “Wolcom Yole!” from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten; medieval English carol Welcome, Welcome, Welcome be thou heavenly King. Welcome, Yule! Welcome, born in one morning!

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