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O Holy Night

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DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church Candlelight Service

One musical highlight is shockingly (!) missing from my previous holiday music posts.

Allow me to explain. Every year for I don’t know how many years, DUUC looks forward to hearing Curt Johnson play O Holy Night. Usually he plays during the special holiday music service which is always the second Sunday in December, but this year, Curt thought he would be out of town. There was disbelief and mourning.

Then the glad tidings came.

Curt is playing for the Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve. I haven’t gone to that service in several years, preferring to attend a vigil mass closer to home. But this year, you’d better believe I’ll be there. Here’s a video of Curt playing last year, in the old sanctuary.

Merry almost Christmas. Tomorrow I share my (current) favorite Christmas music. Hint: dust off your dancing shoes.

Homemade Holiday Music – It Takes a Village

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This isn’t really DUUC

Yesterday was the big holiday music service at  DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, aka DUUC.

The service was swell. Our budding musicians, The YUUth Ensemble, ably carried the “Children are our Future” torch.  The more seasoned instrumentalists – Karen on violin, Julie on flute, and Bonnie on piano – were all transcendent. In all, it was a great first holiday music service in the new sanctuary, which was dedicated earlier this year.

Everyone got to sing “Winter Wonderland”, “Good King Wenceslas”, and “In the Bleak Midwinter”. I really liked our choir’s songs, which included “A Hanukkah Remembrance” by Victor C. Johnson,  “The Shivering Chorus” (Dryden/Purcell) and an arrangement of “Jingle Bells” by Ray Charles.

I don’t have any audio or video of our songs. If any become available later, I’ll post them. Unless we’re not as fabulous as I thought we were, which seems unlikely. But here are links to my two favorite pieces:

The Lamb  by John Tavener, sung by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge

Joy Shall Be Yours in the Morning  (Grahame/Stroope). This is sung by College Singers, but I can’t figure out who/where they are: if anyone knows, please leave a comment below!

Though they’re sung by other choirs, these will give you an idea why I loved them so much!