British Columbia Girls Choir
Fiona Blackburn, conductor
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Kevin Zakresky, conductor

Christmas time is carol time, too. The Christmas spirit can be expressed in so many ways: gently, robustly, ceremonially, intimately, poetically, grandly, angelically, rustically, liturgically or by the simplest song or phrase. Kevin Zakresky leads the Vancouver Chamber Choir in a banquet of seasonal music, with a cameo appearance from Fiona Blackburn and the British Columbia Girls Choir. There's Renaissance Christmas music by Palestrina, de Rore, Lassus and Willaert; a French touch from Francis Poulenc; and many familiar carols from your favourite composers and arrangers — all telling the most beloved story of the ages!

Peter Wilhousky (arr. Fiona Blackburn) - Carol of the Bells
Stephen Chatman - A Christmas Lullaby
Stephen Hatfield - The Virgin Mary had a baby boy
Stephen Smith - Yorkshire Wassail
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - O magnum mysterium
Cipriano de Rore - Quem vidistis
Orlando di Lasso - Videntes stellam
Cipriano de Rore - Hodie Christus natus est
Francis Poulenc - Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
Jon Washburn - The Sparrow's Christmas (Varpunen jouluaamuna)
Stephen Smith - Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
Jean Coulthard - Polish Lullaby
Stephen Chatman - Angels we have heard on high
Healey Willan - The Three Kings
Elmer Iseler - Away in a manger
Kevin Zakresky - Hark! the herald angels sing (*premiere)