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

> The Spirit of Christmas (arr. K.G. Whitcomb) - The Spirit of Christmas (arr. K.G. Whitcomb)
> Mame: We Need a Little Christmas - Subways Are For Sleeping: Be a Santa (arr. M. Davis) - Mame: We Need a Little Christmas - Subways Are For Sleeping: Be a Santa (arr. M. Davis)
> Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas (arr. K. Laurent) - Meet Me in St. Louis: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. K. Laurent)
> Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys (arr. R. Cray) - Babes in Toyland: March of the Toys (arr. R. Cray)
> Here's Love: Pine Cones and Holly Berries - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (arr. K. Laurent) - Here's Love: Pine Cones and Holly Berries - It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (arr. K. Laurent)
> The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: VIII. Waltz of the Flowers (arr. L. Odom) - The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: VIII. Waltz of the Flowers (arr. L. Odom)
> Scrooge: A Merrie Medley (arr. M. Davis) - Scrooge: A Merrie Medley (arr. M. Davis)
> Amahl and the Night Visitors (arr. F. Erickson) - Amahl and the Night Visitors: Introduction - March - Shepherd's Dance (arr. F. Erickson)
> A Charlie Brown Christmas - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (arr. R. Thurston) - A Charlie Brown Christmas - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (arr. R. Thurston)
> Silver Bells (arr. T. Dossett) - Silver Bells (arr. T. Dossett)
> Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika (arr. L. Steiger) - Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: IV. Troika (arr. L. Steiger)
> Holiday Inn: White Christmas - Home Alone: Somewhere in my Memory (arr. T. Dossett) - Holiday Inn: White Christmas - Home Alone: Somewhere in my Memory (arr. T. Dossett)
> Silent Night - Joy to the World - Hark! the herald angels sing - O Come All Ye Faithful (arr. K. Laurent and R. Thurston) - Silent Night - Joy to the World - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - O Come All Ye Faithful (arr. K. Laurent and R. Thurston)

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