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December Dreams

A cappella, Choral, Holiday, Christmas

This holiday season, the Seattle Choral Company returns to Saint Mark’s Cathedral for their 11th annual Cathedral Christmas concert tradition, which this year is titled “December Dreams.” Once again this year, listeners will flock to Saint Mark’s Cathedral to take a break from holiday stress and activity and hear a reflective program of choral beauty. The program this year begins with the age-old carol “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” arranged by the late Seattle composer Bern Herbolsheimer, and then extends to classic new arrangements by two up and coming Scandinavian composers:” Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” by Jan Sandström (Sweden), and “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Wintertide,” both by Ola Gjeilo (Norway). “O magnum mysterium,” by Jackson Berkey, will receive its first local performance. Berkey is known as the former keyboard artist in the popular group Mannheim Steamroller. His newly composed “O magnum mysterium” was written for the Omaha Symphony Chorus and premiered in December 2017. Two gifted Baltic composers who are now making significant contributions to the world choral repertory are represented on the program: “Dum medium silentium” by Vytautas Miškinis (Lithuania) and “Stars” by Eriks Ešenvalds (Latvia.) Finally, new holiday works by living American composers have emerged as perennial favorites: “Nativity Suite” by Dale Warland, “Music of Stillness” by Elaine Hagenberg, “Glow” by Eric Whitacre, and “Night of Silence” by Daniel Kantor.