SALINA CHORALE

Songs in Salina Chorale Christmas 2016 Concert Progam

"Falling Leaves (The Refugees)" by John Denver (from his 1988 television special "John Denver's Christmas in Aspen") 


"Ave Maria" by S. Rachmaninoff (edited by Winfred Douglas)

"A Rhapsody of Christmas" (arranged by Ed Lojeski) -- featuring O Holy Night, Angels We Have Heard on High, What Child Is This?, and Silent Night

"Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" by Chris Eaton & Amy Grant (choral setting by Lloyd Larson)

"Mary, Did You Know?" (words by Mark Lowry; music by Buddy Greene) (arranged by Jack Schrader)

"I Wish You Christmas" by John Rutter 

"O Magnum Mysterium" with English text by Norman Greyson and music by Tomas Luis De Victoria (Spanish composer, 1540-1611)


"The Peace Carol" with words and music by Bob Beers, arranged by Greg Gilpin

"The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy" a West Indian Spiritual, arranged by Robert De Cormier

"Magnificat" by Charles Theodore Pachelbel

"The Wassail Song" by Kitty DuVernois

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Peace on Earth)"* (words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; original music by Jean Baptiste Calkin; new words and music by Bernie Herms, Mark Hall and Dale Oliver)

*NOTE: This song is considered a lovely Christmas carol, but this is based on the 1863 poem (written during the Civil War) called "Christmas Bells," in which the narrator, American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, expresses deep despair upon hearing Christmas bells because "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men." The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men.

 The following are the original words of Longfellow's poem:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,

and wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom

Had rolled along
The unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Till ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,

A voice, a chime,
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Then from each black, accursed mouth
The cannon thundered in the South,

And with the sound
The carols drowned
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,

And made forlorn
The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said;

"For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;

The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men."