Evening Concert

“Welcome Christmas” and “The Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine” on “The Evening Concert”


Tonight on WILL-FM it's a special Evening Concert of holiday programs starting at 7:00 as VocalEssence sings Franz Biebl's 'Ave Maria' and other favorites on "Welcome Christmas". At 8:00 it's "The Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine" with Praetorius' 'Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming' and other works.

Welcome, Christmas!

Welcome Christmas! is the VocalEssence holiday concert. It's an hour of joyful holiday music featuring the Minneapolis-based chorus, VocalEssence, and hosted for the fifteenth year by APM's John Birge. Gramophone magazine called VocalEssence “excellent and vibrant.” NEA Chairman Dana Gioia named them “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time.” Join us for holiday classics new and old, when Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence Welcome Christmas!

Daniel Kantor: Night of Silence
Trad arr. Ola Gjeilo: The Holly and the Ivy
Mykola Leontovich: Carol of the Bells
Conrad Susa: Fum, Fum, Fum
James Pierpont: Jingle Bells arr. Moore
John Rutter: What Sweeter Music
David Biedenbender: This Night (World Premiere)
Dominick Argento: The Masque of Angels: Sanctus
Gian Carlo Menotti: Shepherd’s Dance
John Gardner: Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
Franz Biebl: Ave Maria
Sheena Phillips: The Christmas Bird (World Premiere)
Mark Sirett: Thou Shalt Know Him
Adolphe Adam: O Holy Night
Trad arr. Wilberg: I Saw Three Ships

Tallis Scholars: "Love is Better Than Wine"

For their 25th anniversary tour of the US, the globally-revered vocal ensemble, directed by Peter Phillips, presents a truly sublime holiday program in concert at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square. Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller.


Michael Praetorius: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen

Sebastian de Vivanco: Magnificat Octavi Toni

Orlando Lassus: Osculetur me (motet)

Orlando Lassus: Missa Osculetur me

Arvo Pärt: I Am The True Vine

Arvo Pärt: Tribute to Caesar

Thomas Tallis: Sancte Deus

Hieronymous Praetorius: Magnificat Quinti Toni

Anonymous: (15th c., English) Nowell Sing We Harry