PHOTO: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in
Conductor: Donato Cabrera; horn: Bruce Atwell, Marie-Sonja Cotineau, Kelly Hofman, Andrew Parks, Keith Powell; trumpet: Daniel Birnschein, John Daniel, David Naegele, Linda Cook; trombone: Andrew Zipperer, Adam Houk, Mike Wagner, Graham Middleton; tuba: Thomas Curry; timpani: Mike Ross; percussion: Jim Robl, Pete Schmeling, Paul Ristau; organ: Jeff Verkeilen; bagpipes: Rob McWilliam
“O Come All Ye Faithful,” John Francis Wade, arranged by Phil Snedecor
“Canzone d’I Zampognari,” 17th century Sicilian, arranged by
“The Holly and the Ivy,” traditional, arranged by Herbert Sumsion, organ solo
“Silent Night,” Franz Xaver Gruber, trombone quartet
“The Wexford Carol,” traditional, arranged by Phil Snedecor
“In the Bleak Midwinter,” Gustav Holst, arranged by
“Amazing Grace,” John Newton, arranged by Ward
“Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen,” Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Greenbaum
“The First Noel,” traditional, arranged by Ring
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” Noel Regney and Gloria Shayne, arranged by
Christmas work variations by Arnold Schoenberg, organ solo
“Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day,” 16th century English, arranged by Raymond Burkhart
“Carol of the Bells,” Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, arranged by Ring, trombone quartet
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Anthony DiLorenzo
Encore: “Sleigh Ride,” Leroy Anderson
A notable flex of muscle came in the Bach work. Joyous, festive and bright, the work is a richly detailed tapestry requiring quickness of the players to keep up with Bach’s excited brain waves. It was one of the program’s most-impressive pieces.
“Amazing Grace” with bagpipes also stirred the senses, with the cry of the pipes over deep, resonating sounds.
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“Carol of the Bells” was one of the works that was familiar – but not. The arrangement opens with a trumpet fanfare and then moves into a rhythm (not quite to the familiar strains yet) that leads to the tuba in a slow stroll that brings the piece to the familiar sounds that eventually find the horns producing bell-like sounds. (Music is music. If you think describing music is easy, try it some time.)
In most pieces, Cabrera conducted with his usual flair. For a few, he sat in the audience and let the musicians take care of themselves – kind of run on automatic, though what they were doing was hardly automatic for all the complexities.
It was a program with zing (with occasional notes veering from true course) in one of the architectural treats of the city. A nice, nice evening.
The concert was sold out.
VENUE: The 490-seat
REST OF SEASON: Feb. 8, “Great Music from Olde World” (Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach); March 8, “Great Music from Around the World” (including
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