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A winter birth adorns this day

Hymns & Carols

Postcard Carol

work detail

instrumentation: for mixed chorus (keyboard opt.)

completion date: december 2020

duration: 2 1/2 minutes

texts: Original hymn text by the composer.

events

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A FEAST OF CAROLS

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave, Philadelphia, PA

2:00 pm

The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and artistic director Dominick DiOrio present their time-honored holiday tradition, A Feast of Carols. Featuring Timberdale Brass, organist Andy Kotylo, and pianist Ting Ting Wong. Two performances: 2pm and 5pm More information at mcchorus.org.

audio

A winter birth adorns this day

Abigail Chapman, Sierra Fox, Michael Smith, and Lucas DeJesus. Premiere virtual recording made Dec 24, 2020.

performances

december 24, 2020

Premiere virtual recording by Abigail Chapman, Sierra Fox, Michael Smith, and Lucas DeJesus.

commission and dedication

Commissioned by Robin Eaton for the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia 2020 Holiday Fundraiser and dedicated in memory of Robin's dear mother, Grace Lorraine Dathe Eaton.

text

A winter birth adorns this day
Original text by the composer.

White as sun, snow-brushed with age,
Scent of lilac, rose, and sage,
A winter guest has made his way.
We sing, we greet: Noel, Noé.

Green as youth, bright-lit the pine,
Taste of honey, fruit, and wine,
A winter feast before us lay.
We sing, we dance: Noel, Noé.

Blue as night, cold-still the time,
Sound of silence, frost, and chime,
A winter prayer we pause to pray.
We sing, we chant: Noel, Noé.

White as morn, gold-brimmed our host,
Sight of newborn, God, and ghost,
A winter birth adorns this day.
We sing with joy: Noel, Noé!

Copyright © 2020 by Dominick DiOrio. All rights reserved.

information

events

10

A FEAST OF CAROLS

Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 East Chestnut Hill Ave, Philadelphia, PA

2:00 pm

The Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia and artistic director Dominick DiOrio present their time-honored holiday tradition, A Feast of Carols. Featuring Timberdale Brass, organist Andy Kotylo, and pianist Ting Ting Wong. Two performances: 2pm and 5pm More information at mcchorus.org.


audio

A winter birth adorns this day

Abigail Chapman, Sierra Fox, Michael Smith, and Lucas DeJesus. Premiere virtual recording made Dec 24, 2020.

performances

december 24, 2020

Premiere virtual recording by Abigail Chapman, Sierra Fox, Michael Smith, and Lucas DeJesus.


commission and dedication

Commissioned by Robin Eaton for the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia 2020 Holiday Fundraiser and dedicated in memory of Robin's dear mother, Grace Lorraine Dathe Eaton.


text

A winter birth adorns this day
Original text by the composer.

White as sun, snow-brushed with age,
Scent of lilac, rose, and sage,
A winter guest has made his way.
We sing, we greet: Noel, Noé.

Green as youth, bright-lit the pine,
Taste of honey, fruit, and wine,
A winter feast before us lay.
We sing, we dance: Noel, Noé.

Blue as night, cold-still the time,
Sound of silence, frost, and chime,
A winter prayer we pause to pray.
We sing, we chant: Noel, Noé.

White as morn, gold-brimmed our host,
Sight of newborn, God, and ghost,
A winter birth adorns this day.
We sing with joy: Noel, Noé!

Copyright © 2020 by Dominick DiOrio. All rights reserved.


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