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O Holy Night


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.

Promised Highlights from our Holiday Music Service


About a week ago, I may have threatened that I’d make the faithful readers of this blog listen to my choir. Or promised that the opportunity to do so would arise. Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe. Video is up on YouTube for our Holiday Music Service. You can listen here.

The audio and video may not sync, but Curt (our master videographer) wanted to get the video posted sooner rather than later. He pointed out that if you close your eyes, the audio and video sync perfectly!

Most selections are performed by the adult choir of the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church, unless otherwise credited. DUUC Choir is directed by Vickie Hellyer. Our accompanist is Bonnie Brewster.

For those who are only interested in certain selections, here’s a guide:

Christmas is Coming – Vince Guaraldi, arr. by Karen Campbell
YUUth Ensemble, Karen Campbell, director – starts us out at 0:00.

A Hanukkah Remembrance – Victor C. Johnson
Choir with Karen Campbell, violin – starts at 2:53

Joy Shall Be Yours in the Morning – Kenneth Grahame/Stroope at 5:28

The Shivering Chorus from “King Arthur” – Dryden/Purcell at 7:03

‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime (Huron Carol) – Martin, arr. Bonnie Brewster, piano and Julie Resh-Jelliff, flute at 9:55

The Lamb – William Blake/John Taverner at 14:02

Jingle Bells – J. Pierpont/arr. by Ray Charles at 17:40

Joy Shall Be Yours (recessional) at 19:52

I hope you enjoy.

Homemade Holiday Music – It Takes a Village


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!