Vashon Island Chorale’s seventy-five singers accompanied by organ, percussion and brass and under the direction of Dr. Gary D. Cannon present “A Very Brassy Christmas” in two concerts at the Kay White Theater on Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec 9, 3pm. Four major works will be performed.
Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata is well known as one of the great staples of American Christmas music for choir and organ. Pinkham was the leading choral force in Boston for many decades, and his reach extended across the country. The Chorale’s organist Christopher Howerter was trained by Pinkham’s best friend. The audience will find this cantata to be both magisterial and buoyant.
A Winter’s Night composed by Cecilia McDowall incorporates five beautiful English and European carols. She added an unusual bounce to each one. McDowall is one of the leading choral composers in Britain today, and one of the very few whose works are regularly recorded.
Lord, thou hast been our refuge by Ralph Vaughan Williams begins with two choirs — one singing a
newly composed chant-like tune, the other with a soft hymn tune stretched into long notes. At the point when the organ and trumpet join the singers, the music transforms into brilliant rejoicing.
John Rutter’s Gloria is beloved throughout the English-speaking world. It has all the bounce and joy of the best Christmas season music.
Dr. Cannon will give a lecture 45 minutes prior to both concerts.