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2015 | Schwartz Center
Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale: Greatest Hits
1, Carol of the Bells
Leontovich-Wilhousky // 1:45
2. The Angels And The Shepherds
arr. Stephen Paulus // 2:08
3. Birthday Carol David Willcocks // 3:05
4. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day John Gardner // 2:18
5. Angel Alleluias Alan Bullard // 2:29
6. The Twelve Days Of Christmas
arr. John Rutter // 4:11
7. Jingle Bell Fantasy  arr. Mac Huff // 3:07
8. The Shepherd’s Carol Bob Chilcott // 2:52
9. Where Shepherds Lately Knelt
Craig Courtney   //  3:26
10. And Every Stone Shall Cry
Bob Chilcott   //    3:55
11. Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)
Ola Gjeilo   //   5:34
12. Silent Night
Franz Gruber;  arr. Eric Nelson   // 4:47
13. Climb To The Top Of The Highest Mountain Carolyn Jennings   // 4:31
14. This Christmastide
Donald Fraser   // 5:58
15. Love Divine, All Loves Excelling  
Mack Wilberg   // 6:09

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Christmas with AMC (2015) 

1. Carol of the Bells     
M. Leontovich/Arr. Peter Wilhousky
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells
All seem to say, “Throw cares away.”
Christmas is here, bringing good cheer.
To young and old, meek and the bold,
Ding, dong, ding, dong, that is their song,
With joyful ring all caroling,
One seems to hear words of good cheer,
From everywhere filling the air.

O how they pound, raising the sound,
O’er hill and dale, telling their tale,
Gaily they ring, while people sing
Songs of good cheer, Christmas is here!
Merry Christmas!
On, on they send, on without end,
Their joyful tone, to ev’ry home. Ding, dong, ding, dong.

2. The Angels and the Shepherds       
arr. Stephen Paulus
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, May & June 2010)
 
Shepherds, O hark ye, glad tidings we bring,
Peace and goodwill to the world now we sing;
See in a manger Christ the Anointed,
Whom for your Savior God hath appointed.
Alleluia.

In yonder manger behold now He lies,
Whom angel voices foretold from the skies.
Seeking Thy mercy, we kneel before Thee,
Singing Thy praises, humbly adore Thee.
Alleluia.

Still through the ages the song doth resound,
Peace and goodwill on the earth shall abound;
Bear we the tidings of ev’ry nation,
Born is the Christ Child for our salvation.
Alleluia.
   -Bohemian Traditional
© 1998 Paulus Publications LLC. Used by permission.
 
           
3. Birthday Carol
David Willcocks
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

Rejoice today with one accord,
This is the birthday of our Lord, Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Shepherds abiding in the field,
To them God’s glory was revealed, Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
And to the shepherds sore afraid,
An angel said, “Be not dismayed.” Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
“Tidings of joy to you I bring,
Today is born a heav’nly King.” Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
“And you shall find him in manger laid,
The Babe in swaddling clothes arrayed.” Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
A host of angels fill’d the sky,
Thus singing praise to God on high. Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Now join we all the angel throng,
And let our voices swell the song. Alleluia.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
                                   
4. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day            
John Gardner
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA)
 
Donald Milton, Tambourine; Charley Snell, Drum

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day:
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
To call my true love to my dance:

REFRAIN:
Sing O my love,
This have I done for my true love.

Then was I born of a virgin pure,
Of her I took fleshly substance;
Thus was I knit to man’s nature,
To call my true love to my dance:

REFRAIN

In a manger laid and wrapped I was,
So very poor this was my chance,
Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass,
To call my true love to my dance:

REFRAIN

Then afterwards baptized I was;
The Holy Ghost on me did glance,
My Father’s voice heard from above,
To call my true love to my dance:

REFRAIN

– Op. 75 No. 2

5. Angel Alleluias                
Alan Bullard
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, May & June 2010)

Charley Snell, Tambourine;
Andrea Austin, Charlie Boone & Vicki Fey, Handbells
 
When Christ was born of maid Mary,
In Bethlehem that fair city,
Angels sung there with mirth and glee:
Alleluia.

Some shepherds saw those angels bright,
To them appeared with glorious light,
And said: ‘God’s Son is born tonight!’
Alleluia.
This King is come to save his kind,

In holy scripture as we find,
Therefore this song we have in mind:
Alleluia.

Then, dearest Lord, for thy great grace,
Grant us the bliss to see thy face,
Where we may sing with all the human race:
Alleluia.
© 2000 Oxford University Press. Used by permission.

6. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Arr. John Rutter
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Third day…Three French hens….
Fourth day … Four calling birds…
Fifth day…Five golden rings…
Sixth day…Six geese a-laying…
Seventh day…Sev’n swans a-swimming …
Eighth day…Eight maids a-milking …
Ninth day…Nine ladies dancing…
Tenth day … Ten lords a-leaping…
El’venth day … El’ven pipers piping…
Twelfth day…Twelve drummers drumming…

And a partridge in a pear tree.
                                                           

7. Jingle Bell Fantasy
Arr. Mac Huff
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

Dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh,
O’er the fields we go, laughing all the way!
Bells on bobtail ring, making spirits bright,
Oh, what fun it is to ride and sing a sleighing song tonight!

A day or two ago, I thought I’d take a ride,
And soon Miss Fanny Bright was seated by my side.
The horse was lean and lank, misfortune seemed his lot,
We got into a drifted bank and we, we got upsot!

Now the ground is white, go it while you’re young,
Take the boys tonight, and sing this sleighing song.
Just get a bobtail nag, two-forty for his speed,
Then hitch him to an open sleigh and “Crack,” you’ll take the lead!

Chorus:
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way.
Oh, what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh! Hey!

8. The Shepherd’s Carol
Bob Chilcott
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

We stood on the hills, Lady, our day’s work done.
Watching the frosted meadows that winter had won.
The evening was calm, Lady, the air so still.
Silence more lovely than music, folded the hill.
There was a star, Lady, shone in the night.
Larger than Venus it was, and bright, so bright.
Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady, it seemed to us then,
Telling of God being born, in the world of men.
And so we have come, Lady, our day’s work done.
Our love, our hopes, ourselves, we give to your son.

9. Where Shepherds Lately Knelt       
Craig Courtney
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, May & June 2010)
 
Casey Bagby, Flute

Where shepherds lately knelt,
And kept the angel’s word,
I come in half-belief,
A pilgrim strangely stirred;
But there is room and welcome there for me.

In that unlikely place
I find Him as they said:
Sweet new-born Babe, how frail!
And in a manger bed:
A still small voice to cry one day for me.

How should I not have known
Isaiah would be there,
His prophecies fulfilled?
With pounding heart I stare:
A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace – for me.

Can I, will I forget
How love was born
and burned its way into my heart
Unasked, unforced, unearned,
To die, to live, and not alone for me?
   -Jaroslav J. Vajda
© 1995 Beckenhorst Press, Inc. Used by permission.

10. And Every Stone Shall Cry
Bob Chilcott
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA)

A stable lamp is lighted
Whose glow shall wake the sky;
The stars shall bend their voices,
And every stone shall cry.

And straw like gold shall shine;
A barn shall harbor heaven,
A stall become a shrine.
And every stone shall cry.

This child through David’s city
Shall ride in triumph by.
The palm shall strew its branches,
And every stone shall cry.

And every stone shall cry,
Though heavy, dull, and dumb,
And lie within the roadway
To pave his kingdom come.

Yet he shall be forsaken,
And yielded up to die;
The sky shall groan and darken,
And every stone shall cry.

For stony hearts of men:
God’s blood upon the spearhead,
God’s love refused again.
And every stone shall cry.

But now, as at the ending,
The low is lifted high;
The stars shall bend their voices,
And every stone shall cry.

In praises of the child
By whose descent among us
The worlds are reconciled.
And every stone shall cry.

11. Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium)
Ola Gjeilo
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA)
 
Elizabeth Lamback, Violin
 
SUNG IN LATIN:
O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,
jacentem in praesepio!

Beata Virgo, cujus viscera
meruerunt portare
Dominum Christum.

Alleluia.

TRANSLATION:
O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord,
lying in a manger!

Blessed is the Virgin
whose womb was worthy to bear
Christ the Lord.

Alleluia!
© 2012 Walton Music Corp. Used by permission.

12. Silent Night
arr. Eric Nelson
(Recorded at Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, May & June 2010)

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon virgin, Mother and Child,
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord at Thy birth,
Jesus Lord at Thy birth.
© 2010 Eric Nelson. Used by permission.

13. Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain
Carolyn Jennings
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

Climb to the top of the highest mountain,
Joyous tidings proclaim to the world,
Lift up your voice, shout the good news:
Behold, your Lord comes to you.

He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
He will carry the lambs in his arms,
He will ever keep them safe from harm,
Behold, your Lord comes to you.

He who made the stars in the heaven,
He who fashioned the earth and the sea,
From time eternal, He was God, the Alpha and Omega, He.
Behold, your Lord!

He will come in power and glory,
He will rule with mercy and truth.
Hope of all the nations,
Light of all the world.

He will love the little children;
He will hold them in his arms,
Love him and trust him as a little child,
Behold, your Lord comes to you.

14. This Christmastide
Donald Fraser
(Recorded at Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA, May & June 2004)

Green and silver, red and gold, and a story, born of old,
Holly, ivy, mistletoe, and the gently falling snow,
Truth and love and hope abide, this Christmastide.
From a simple ox’s stall, came the greatest gift of all.
Children sing of hope and joy, at the birth of one small boy.
Truth and love and hope abide, this Christmastide.
Let the bells ring loud and clear, ring out now for all to hear.
Trumpets sound and voices raise, in an endless stream of praise.
Truth and love and hope abide, this Christmastide.

15. Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling
arr. Mack Wilberg
Recorded Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Atlanta, GA

Love Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down.
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion.
Pure, unbounded love thou art.
Visit us with thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.