Carols in the American Voice True Concord Voices and Orchestra & Eric Holtan
- 1On Christmas Night "Sussex Carol" (Arr. G. Near)02:43
- Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621):
- 2Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming (Arr. A. Parker & R. Shaw)02:42
- 3A Somerset Carol (Arr. D. Warland)02:40
- William J. Kirkpatrick (1838 - 1921):
- 4Away in a Manger (Arr. M. Wilberg)04:34
- John Wesley Work II (1871 - 1925):
- 5Go, Tell It on the Mountain (Arr. S.V. Gibbs)02:38
- 6Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine (Arr. P. Rutenberg)02:44
- 7Cradle Song (Arr. G. Near)04:37
- 8Wexford Carol (Arr. M. Wilberg)03:59
- 9O Come, Divine Messiah (Arr. H. Helvey)03:04
- Franz Xaver Gruber (1787 - 1863):
- 10Silent Night, H. 145 (Arr. S. Paulus)05:28
- 11Sing We Now of Christmas (Arr. F. Prentice & C. Barnett)01:35
- Jeffrey Van (b. 1941):
- 12Fourteen Angels (Version for Guitar & Choir)05:15
- Charles Wood (1866 - 1926):
- 13Ding Dong! Merrily on High (After Thoinot Arbeau)01:45
- Glenn L. Rudolph (b. 1951):
- 14One Gift05:30
- 15Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Arr. M. Culloton)02:49
- Howard Helvey (b. 1968):
- 16Love Came Down at Christmas (Version for Choir, Oboe & Piano)04:01
- Russell Schulz-Widmar (b. 1944):
- 17Midnight Clear04:42
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Holiday Musical Treasures – Newly Imagined
Eric Holtan, founder and conductor of True Concord Voices and Orchestra states: “Every December, True Concord presents its popular Lessons and Carols by Candlelight concerts in the Tucson area. Unique in the local milieu of seasonal offerings, the focus is on sacred Christmas carols. Even in their simplest form, carols evoke emotionally powerful memories of personal and family experiences that enrich and enliven annual holiday celebrations. With this album, I wanted to capture the essence of our muchloved concerts with the mostly familiar carols presented here, but in musical settings by American composers that are new or not widely known. With the kind assistance of advisor Dale Warland — who set the standard of excellence with several cherished Christmas recordings over the years by The Dale Warland Singers — True Concord offers these holiday treasures, most of which are receiving their world premiere recordings. This is Christmas With True Concord — Carols in the American Voice.”
Founded in 2004, Tucson, Arizona-based True Concord made its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in September 2015 with Mozart’s Requiem and Stephen Paulus’s Prayers and Remembrances. That same year, True Concord made its internationally-distributed debut album on Reference Recordings, Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, for which it received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Choral Performance, and for which Stephen Paulus won posthumously the GRAMMY® for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. RR is proud to present True Concord’s second album, Christmas With True Concord — Carols in the American Voice, recorded in outstanding fidelity, and produced by GRAMMY®award winner Peter Rutenberg of Los Angeles.
“I haven’t heard a new Christmas choral album as lovely as this in years. A gorgeous blend of voices, exquisite phrasing, and track after track of good cheer.” (Brian Newhouse, Classical Minnesota Public Radio)
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
Eric Holtan, conductor
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
(our friends call us “True Concord”), was founded in 2004 as Tucson Chamber Artists. In 2015, the organization changed its name to True Concord. On the adoption of our new name, Music Director Eric Holtan explains, “The original 14th century meaning of ‘concord’ is ‘hearts together’. Shakespeare later described the emotional impact of music as ‘true concord’ — something we strive to achieve in our music-making between composer, performer and listener.”
True Concord draws upon the first rank of professional choral and instrumental musicians from around the United States in service of its artistic mission: to enrich lives through the transformational power of classical music. It accomplishes this primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America. True Concord’s expanding repertoire includes Bach’s St. John Passion and Mass in B-Minor, Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C-Minor, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, and Haydn’s The Creation. Committed to regularly premiering new works by America’s leading and emerging composers, we have commissioned Paul Crabtree, Stephen Paulus, Gerald Near and Ola Gjeilo, and regularly has premiered new works by promising emerging composers.
On September 11, 2015, True Concord will make its New York debut at Lincoln Center performing the Prayers and Remembrances oratorio commissioned in 2011 from the late Stephen Paulus to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Coinciding with the performance will be the release of the CD recording of the Paulus work—and other previously unrecorded works by the beloved composer—entitled “Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus,” on the Reference Recordings label.
Now in its 12th season, True Concord has quickly become a rising star in the American cultural scene. True Concord’s meteoric rise in the current economic climate is due in part to its immensely popular and unique programming that fuses professional voices and instruments. It is also because of the generous support of our patrons and donors, for which we are thankful.
launched his professional music career at age 12 as a church organist. A native of Minnesota, he studied organ, voice and conducting at Gustavus Adolphus College. He earned a master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Iowa, where he was assistant director of Camerata Singers, and the doctor of musical arts degree in choral and orchestra conducting at the University of Arizona, where he was the UA Opera Theater’s chorus master. His research focused on the role of the chorale form in Mendelssohn’s oratorios and symphonies as reflection of the musical and religious influences on Mendelssohn.
Eric has held several conducting positions in secondary and higher education, churches and community and professional organizations. He served as associate conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, and for many years was the assistant director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, where he assisted in the preparation of numerous works, including Verdi’s Requiem,Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah. Eric continues his work in church music as minister of music, art and liturgy at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church.…