Friends, my newest Advent piece, “Dormi Jesu”–which was commissioned by Cantorum–premieres this Friday, November 22nd at 7 PM at the Orem Public Library. The mini-concert is FREE and you should go. They’re also singing a bunch of other great music by Byrd, Schütz, Howells and the like.
In addition, Cantorum is also singing their full concert on Monday, December 9th at 8 PM in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, also in Orem. This is a fantastic church with great acoustics and generous people who have been supporting Cantorum, and it’s mission, since the beginning. This concert is also FREE and you should go. This will be their full Advent concert, and will be singing a bunch of other glorious pieces.
Last March, during the ACDA convention in Dallas, Dr. Staheli and I met up and talked about the possibility of writing an arrangement for the combined choirs and philharmonic at BYU for their annual Christmas concert. After a few ideas, we settled on an arrangement of “I Wonder as I Wander,” based on an Appalachian folk hymn.
I love the haunting, reflective feeling of this Christmas hymn. The themes of solitude, pondering, awe, and grace are the feelings I associate most with Christmas. Yes, the jubilance, and cheer of Christmas is also important and inviting, but I find myself still drawn to the warmth of this hymn over and over again. Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like Christmas is coming until I hear this specific song.
I’m very excited to hear this! If the concert isn’t already sold out, you should attend!