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Make the Season Bright - popular carols & Christmas songs, incl. Adeste Fideles, Jingle Bells, Christmas Wonderland, Sleigh Ride et al. / U.S. Air Force Concert Band & Singing Sergeants

Album Summary

>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : La Nuit de Noël
>Davis, Michael : A Few Festive Things, medley for chorus & band
>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
>Koz, David : December Makes Me Feel This Way, song for chorus & band
>Bliss, John : Variations on a West Country Carol, for band
>Zank, Nick : The Polar Express, for narrator & band
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 3
>Crotty, Mike : Christmas Wonderland, medley for soprano, tenor, chorus & band
>Bliss, John : The Christmas Song / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, medley for chorus & band
>Thurston, Robert : Christmas Visitors, medley for chorus & band
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Make This Season Bright is another first-rate collection in the delightful series of Holiday-themed recordings from the United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants and their Commander/Conductor Lowell E. Graham. A wide range material, from classical to traditional carols to Broadway, including Jingle Bells, Sleigh Ride, The Polar Express, The Twelve Days of Christmas and December Makes Me Feel This Way are given the guaranteed, stirring treatment listeners have long come to trust and admire from this perennial and patriotic musical aggregation.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hylton Memorial Chapel, Dale City, VA (11/13/2000-11/17/2000).



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>Wade, John Francis : O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste fideles)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Concert Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1751

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : La Nuit de Noël :: Polonaise
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1894-1895

>Davis, Michael : A Few Festive Things, medley for chorus & band
  • Performers: Robin Askew; Robert Harrelson; Carol Willey
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Larry Mactaggart.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Pierpont, James : Jingle Bells
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1850

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride, popular song (with lyrics by Mitchell Parrish)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1951

>Koz, David : December Makes Me Feel This Way, song for chorus & band
  • Performers: Russell Colleran; Amy Dolan
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Jud J. Friedman, Allan Rich.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Bliss, John : Variations on a West Country Carol, for band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Zank, Nick : The Polar Express, for narrator & band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864

>Bennett, Robert Russell : The Many Moods of Christmas, suite for chorus & orchestra no 3
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Crotty, Mike : Christmas Wonderland, medley for soprano, tenor, chorus & band
  • Performers: Robin Askew; Russell Colleran
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Bliss, John : The Christmas Song / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, medley for chorus & band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Thurston, Robert : Christmas Visitors, medley for chorus & band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas