Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas | Sono Luminus SLE70003

Holiday Harmonies: Songs of Christmas


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Label: Sono Luminus

Cat No: SLE70003

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 13th November 2015



Judith Clurman conducts her acclaimed chorus, Essential Voices USA, in 'Holiday Harmonies: Sounds of Christmas', the ensemble’s third recording for Sono Luminus.

This holiday disc includes premiere recordings of new vibrant arrangements of seasonal favourites and new works that were written for the disc by some of America’s finest composers. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, soprano Maureen McKay, pianist Tedd Firth and harpist Stacey Shames are featured performers.

Traditional repertoire includes: 'Angels We Have Heard on High' (arr. David Chase), 'O Holy Night' (arr. Ryan Nowlin), 'Silent Night' (arr. Tedd Firth and Judith Clurman), 'The Virgin’s Slumber Song' (Max Reger), and 'We Wish You a Merry Christmas' (adaptation Judith Clurman). New works include: 'Whispered and Revealed' (Nico Muhly), 'Love Came Down' (Jennifer Higdon) and 'Merry Christmas Wishing Well' (Gene and Lorraine Gilroy, arr. Michael Gilbertson).

Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) was featured under Judith Clurman’s baton in the NBC 2014 telecast of Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular. The ensemble performs regularly on the Carnegie Hall subscription series with The New York Pops and produces 'The Composer Speaks' series at the DiMenna Space for Classical Music. EVUSA was thrilled to participate in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural activities. EVUSA has recorded two other critically acclaimed CDs for Sono Luminus: Celebrating the American Spirit (DSL 92162) and Cherished Moments: Songs of the Jewish Spirit (DSL 92182).

Emmy and Grammy-nominated conductor Judith Clurman currently conducts Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), works with the Omaha Symphony on their Sacred Voices concerts, collaborates with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, conducts programs at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and maintains an active vocal studio in New York City. She has worked with numerous organizations worldwide, and has commissioned works by 65 American classical composers.

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