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A Light in Winter

Winter is a time of the departing sun, and of the reigning stars and moon. These visual references are deeply intertwined in the Christmas story, with Christ himself a symbolic “Light of Gold” (in Whitacre’s Lux aurumque) and his mother Mary as the “Bright Star of the Sea” (in Grieg’s Ave maris stella). The three wise men, guided by a star, are heard in Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, Christus. This concert’s major work is Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, with its virtuosic piano part played by Ingrid Verhulsdonk.

  • The dark around us, come, by Giselle Wyers
  • O nata lux, by Thomas Tallis
  • Ave maris stella, by Edvard Grieg
  • Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, by J.S. Bach
  • Die geburt Christi, from Christus, by Felix Mendelssohn
  • Moon Man, by Greg Bartholomew [world premiere]
  • O Radiant Dawn, by James MacMillan
  •     intermission
  • Mid-Winter Songs, by Morten Lauridsen
  • Lux aurumque, by Eric Whitacre

Full program

Saturday, December 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
8398 NE 12th Street
Medina, Washington


Sunday, December 9, 2012
3:00 p.m.

Lake Washington United Methodist Church
7525 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, Washington


Proud member of the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium