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The Christmas Revels: In Celebration of the Winter Solstice, Thursday 12/21/17 @ 5:00pm

Nov 29, 2017

Credit www.revels.org

The Christmas Revels celebrate the Winter Solstice with music excerpts, poetry and readings from the live Christmas/Winter Solstice Revels stage production, Acadian Cajun Celebration, that took place in December 2016 in nine cities across the U.S.

The music in this year's CHRISTMAS REVELS radio broadcast is almost entirely traditional, and it comes from several different cultures and ages.  In Medieval England, our Revelers celebrate the Yuletide in the banqueting hall of the castle of a wise and benevolent king.  In Galicia in the northwest corner of Spain, the clicking of castanets and the wailing of bagpipes remind us that the culture of this ancient land has its roots in both the passionate and fiery rhythms of the Spanish personality and in the lilting, lyrical melancholy of the Celtic psyche.  The distinctive sounds of three different kinds of fiddles and dance-songs in three-quarter time usher in our observance of the Jul in the Nordic lands of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.  In the village of Swansea, on the southern coast of Wales, we sample the gentle, good-natured Christmas customs and the hearty, harmonious choral singing for which the Welsh people are so justly famous, as these traditions were practiced a century ago and so vividly described by the country's national poet, Dylan Thomas, in his beloved memoir, A Child's Christmas in Wales.

Complete repertoire list:

THE CHRISTMAS REVELS: IN CELEBRATION OF THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2017

Part I:

Prelude to the Celebration:
RICHARD LEWIS: Salutation (Excerpts)
Caitlyn Moe, reciter; the Portland Revels, Portland, OR; Bruce A. Hostetler, Artistic and Stage Director.
GUSTAF NORDQVIST (1886-1949)/EDVARD EVERS (1853-1919): Jul, Jul, Stralande Jul (Yule, Yule, Shining Yule)
Adult Chorus of the Washington, D.C., Revels; Elizabeth Anne Fulford, Music Director.

Medieval English Celebration:
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: The Gloucestershire Wassail
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: Now Is the Time of Christimas
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: We’ve Been Awhile A-Wandering
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: Morris Stick Dance Tune: Balance the Straw
FRENCH TRADITIONAL/WILLIAM MORRIS (1834-1896): Masters in This Hall
Brian Hamlin, singer; Adult and Children's Choruses; Brady Lanier, viola da gamba; Members of the Austin Troubadours, Slobodan Vujisic, lute, oud, director; the Paragon Brass Ensemble; Revels Houston, Houston, TX; Rebecca Weinmann Vaughn, Music Director.  

Celebration of the Local Radio Stations (Break):
REAJEAN LIZOTTE: Musique de fete (Music for a Festival)
Yann Falquet, button accordion; Genticorum; Revels North, Hanover, NH; Nils Fredland, Artistic and Music Director.

French-Canadian Celebration:
FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: Dans le temps des fetes (In the Holiday Season)
FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: Rincons-nous la dalle (Let’s Rinse Our Throats)
FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: Quand je suis sur mon tonneau (When I Am On My Wine Cask)
FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: La Guignolee
PASCAL GEMME: La Tarantelle canadienne/FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: Reel a Yvon Mimeault/FRENCH-CANADIAN TRADITIONAL: La Galope des montagnards Laurentiens (The Gallop of the Saint Lawrence Mountaineers)
FRENCH TRADITIONAL/PATRICK SWANSON: Vive la compagnie
John Peaveler, Nils Fredland, Nicholas Williams, Jonathan Verge, singers; Adult, Teen and Children's Choruses; Pierre Chartrand, step-dancer; Genticorum; Instrumentalists of Revels North, Hanover, NH; Nils Fredland, Artistic and Music Director.

Nordic Celebration:
DANISH TRADITIONAL/N. F. S. GRUNDTVIG (1783-1872): Dejlig er den himmel bla (Lovely Is the Blue Sky)
NORWEGIAN TRADITIONAL: O jul med din glede (O Yule, Season of Delight)
SWEDISH TRADITIONAL: Goder morgon (Good Morning)
DANISH TRADITIONAL: Quadrille: Baglaens kontrasjre
NORWEGIAN TRADITIONAL: Pa laven sitter nissen (The Gnome in the Barn)
SWEDISH TRADITIONAL: Julafton (Christmas Eve)
DANISH TRADITIONAL/N. F. S. GRUNDTVIG (1783-1872): Et barn er fodt (A Child Is Born)
Adult, Teen and Children's Choruses; Andrea Hoag, fiddle; Loretta Kelley, fiddle and Norwegian Hardanger fiddle; lydia ievins, Swedish nyckelharpa; Handbell Players, Instrumentalists and Audience of the Washington, D.C., Revels; Elizabeth Anne Fulford, Music Director.

Celebration of the Local Radio Stations (Break):
FINNISH TRADITIONAL: Karjalainen Piiritanssi (Karelian Circle Dance)
Instrumentalists of the Washington, D.C., Revels; Elizabeth Anne Fulford, Music Director.

Galician (Spanish Celtic) Celebration:
GALICIAN TRADITIONAL: A Belen Vinde Pastores (Come To Bethlehem, Shepherds)
GALICIAN TRADITIONAL: Esta Noite de Natale (On This Joyous Christmas Night)
JUAN BARTER (c.1648-1706): Ay, Como Suena La Gayta Gallega! (Oh, How It Sounds, The Galician Bagpipe!)
SPANISH/GALICIAN TRADITIONAL: Pasodobre de Mallou
SHAKER ELDER JOSEPH BRACKETT/SYDNEY CARTER: The Lord of the Dance
Salome Sandoval, singer and Baroque guitar; David Coffin, singer; Christa Patton, gaita (Galician bagpipe) and harp; Daniel Meyers, gaita and castanets; Adult Chorus, Instrumentalists and Audience of Revels, Inc., Cambridge, MA; George Emlen and Megan Henderson, Music Directors.

Celebration of the Local Radio Stations (Mid-Point Break):
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: The Wheelwright Robinson’s Tune (Music for The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance)
David Coffin, recorder; Revels, Inc., Cambridge, MA; George Emlen, Music Director.

Part II:

Celebration of Hogmanay (The Scottish New Year):
SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL: Baloo Lammy
SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL: First-Footer’s Hogmanay Greeting and Blessing
Adam Phillips and Alan Wood, small bagpipes; Jim Clark, speaker; the Santa Barbara Revels, Santa Barbara, CA; Matt Tavianini, Stage Director; Adam Phillips, Music Director.

Early Twentieth-Century Welsh Celebration:
WELSH TRADITIONAL/JOHN OXENFORD (1812-1877): Mae'r Flwyddyn yn Marw (The Old Year Is Dying)
WELSH/ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: Deck the Hall
WELSH TRADITIONAL: Dryw Bach (Little Wren)
WELSH TRADITIONAL: Please To See The King
WELSH TRADITIONAL: Country Dance: Hoffedd ap Hywel (Powell’s Fancy)
WELSH TRADITIONAL: Y Gelynnen (The Holly Tree)
Kelsey Boyce, singer; Deuair (Elsa Davies, vocals and fiddle; Ceri Owen-Jones, vocals and harp); Adult and Children's Choruses;  Instrumentalists and Audience of the Puget Sound Revels, Tacoma, WA; Megan Oberfield, Music Director.

Celebration of the Local Radio Stations (Break):
WELSH TRADITIONAL: Polka Bognolaise No.1
Instrumentalists of the California Revels, Oakland, CA; Fred Goff, Music Director.

Renaissance Italian Celebration:
SICILIAN TRADITIONAL/PATRICK SWANSON: O Sanctissima (The Sicilian Mariners' Hymn)
FRENCH ANONYMOUS (publ. 1556): Nouvelles, Nouvelles (News, News)
BARTOMEU CARCERES (fl. 1546): Tau Garco, La Durundena (What A Pretty Boy, This Jesus)
ITALIAN TRADITIONAL: Dormi, Dormi (Sleep, Sleep, My Lovely Child)
FRENCH/ITALIAN/GERMAN TRADITIONAL: Bransle de Poictou/La Bona Novella (The Good News)
SICILIAN TRADITIONAL/RICHARD LEWIS: Quando Nascente Ninno (The Sicilian Bagpipers' Carol)
Adult and Children's Choruses, Instrumentalists and Audience of the Portland Revels, Portland, OR; Robert M. Lockwood, Music Director.

Scottish Celebration:
SCOTTISH TRADITIONAL/DUNCAN MACINNES: Duan Nollaig (Hey, The Bannock)
JAMES OSWALD (1710-1769)/WILLIAM DUNBAR (1459/60-<1530): Rorate Coeli Desuper (Drop Down, Ye Heavens From Above)
WILLIAM DIXON: Tune from The New Way to Bowden/TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH: Duns Dings A’
TRADITIONAL SCOTTISH: Rothesay-O
Adam Phillips, smallpipes; Robert Winokur, tin whistle; Adult Chorus and Instrumentalists of the Santa Barbara Revels, Santa Barbara, CA; Adam Phillips, Music Director.

Celebration of the Local Radio Stations (Break):
AVILA LEBLANC: Cotillon Madelinot
Instrumentalists of Revels Inc., Cambridge, MA; Megan Henderson, Music Director.

Acadian-Cajun Celebration:
JEAN-GEORGES NAEGELI (1768-1836): Nouvelle Agreable (Joyful News)
FRENCH TRADITIONAL: Melchior et Balthazar
ACADIAN TRADITIONAL/EDGAR DUGUAY: Quadrille de Sainte-Marie-Sur-Mer (First Part)
JEANETTE AGUILLARD: La Valse Cadienne de Noel (The Cajun Christmas Waltz)
SUSAN COOPER: Poem: The Shortest Day
ENGLISH TRADITIONAL: The Sussex Mummers' Carol
Josee Vachon, singer; David Coffin, speaker; Lisa Ornstein, fiddle; Keith Murphy, guitar, piano and foot percussion; Tom Pixton, piano and accordion; Adult and Children's Choruses; Instrumentalists and Audience of Revels, Inc., Cambridge, MA; Megan Henderson, Music Director.