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Christmas on Stage & Screen / Col. Lowell E. Graham, The United States Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants

Album Summary

>Whitcomb, Ken : The Spirit of Christmas, for band
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
>Willson, Meredith : Here's Love
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>Bricusse, Leslie : Scrooge
>Menotti, Gian C. : Introduction, March & Shepherd's Dance, for orchestra (from Amahl and the Night Visitors)
>Thurston, Robert : Christmas 'Toons, for voices & band
>Livingston, Jay : Silver Bells (for the film The Lemon Drop Kid)
>Prokofiev, Sergey : Lieutenant Kije
>Thurston, Robert : Carols of the Season, for chorus & band
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Christmas has always had the ability to bring people together and to move and inspire us. Its story, sporty, and nostalgia, has inspired some of the most timeless masterpieces of art, music, and literature. With this album, The United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants, conducted by the respected Colonel Lowell E. Graham, bring some of our favorite Christmas classics from the screen and stage and into our stereos. After all, what would Christmas be without the Grinch or the Nutcracker? This album was recorded in January of 1996 in the outstanding acoustics of the Center for the Arts, George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, with Colonel Lowell E. Graham producing.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Center for the Arts, George Mason University, Fairf (01/21/1996-01/25/1996).

Includes we need a little christmas (jerry herman) / be a s by various composers.

Includes white christmas (irving berlin) / somewhere in my by various composers.



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Works Details

>Whitcomb, Ken : The Spirit of Christmas, for band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performer: Donna Abraira (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March

>Willson, Meredith : Here's Love :: Pine Cones and Holly Berries/ It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Performers: Christine Adamick (Voice); Russell Colleran (Voice); Brian Davis (Voice); David Nokes (Voice); Richard Pearson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Waltz of the Flowers
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Bricusse, Leslie : Scrooge :: A Merrie Medley
  • Performers: Robin Askew (Voice); Nathan Sommers (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Menotti, Gian C. : Introduction, March & Shepherd's Dance, for orchestra (from Amahl and the Night Visitors)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Thurston, Robert : Christmas 'Toons, for voices & band
  • Performers: Angela Burns (Voice); Alex Helsabeck (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Livingston, Jay : Silver Bells (for the film The Lemon Drop Kid)
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Ray Evans (Lyricist) (1915 - 2007).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Prokofiev, Sergey : Lieutenant Kije :: Troika
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933-1934

>Thurston, Robert : Carols of the Season, for chorus & band
  • Conductor: Lowell Graham
  • Ensemble: United States Air Force Band
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Keith Laurent.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary