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Christmas On Stage & Screen / US Air Force Band & Singing Sergeants

Audio Samples

>Whitcomb, Ken : The Spirit of Christmas, for band
>Traditional, Christmas : Medley
>     We Need a Little Christmas (from Mame) / Be a Santa (from Subways are for Sleeping)
>     White Christmas (from Holiday Inn) / Somewhere in My Memory (from Home Alone)
>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
>     Pine Cones and Holly Berries / It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>     Waltz of the Flowers
>Bricusse, Leslie : Scrooge
>     A Merrie Medley
>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, Sergei : Lieutenant Kije
>     Trioka
>Thurston, Robert : Carols of the Season, for chorus & band

Album Summary

>Whitcomb, Ken : The Spirit of Christmas, for band
>Traditional, Christmas : Medley
>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, Sergei : Lieutenant Kije
>Thurston, Robert : Carols of the Season, for chorus & band
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Christmas- its story, its spirit, its nostalgia- has the unique ability to move and inspire us. It is the influence behind momentary, unnoticed acts of kindness, as well as timeless masterpieces of art and literature. The theater, motion pictures and television have especially benefited from this inspiration, having entertained us over the years with a wealth of images that have become part of our yuletide celebrations. After all, what would our holiday season be without the Nutcracker, Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch? Accompanying each of these visual images is music, and it is this music which stirs warm memories of Christmases past, and that we find ourselves humming each December. This recording presents some of the best holiday music from the past 100 years of stage and screen.

Notes & Reviews:

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



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Works Details

>Whitcomb, Ken : The Spirit of Christmas, for band
  • Performer: Donna Abraira
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Medley :: We Need a Little Christmas (from Mame) / Be a Santa (from Subways are for Sleeping)
  • Performer: Donna Abraira
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performer: Donna Abraira
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
  • Performers: Brian Davis; Richard Pearson; David Nokes; Russell Colleran
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 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: Brian Davis; Richard Pearson; David Nokes; Russell Colleran
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1963

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Waltz of the Flowers
  • Performers: Nathan Sommers; Robin Askew
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Bricusse, Leslie : Scrooge :: A Merrie Medley
  • Performers: Nathan Sommers; Robin Askew
  • 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)
  • Performer: Alex Haselbeck
  • Notes: Composition written: 1951.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1951

>Thurston, Robert : Christmas 'Toons, for voices & band
  • Performer: Alex Haselbeck
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas

>Livingston, Jay : Silver Bells (for the film The Lemon Drop Kid)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Ray Evans (Lyricist) (1915 - 2007).
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1951

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kije :: Trioka
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933-1934

>Traditional, Christmas : Medley :: White Christmas (from Holiday Inn) / Somewhere in My Memory (from Home Alone)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Thurston, Robert : Carols of the Season, for chorus & band
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Keith Laurent.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary