Christmas Music 2017 — Last installment

Here is my last installment of Christmas music — for the 10th Day of Christmas. I had the ensembles on Sunday, so today I am going to do the individual numbers. Actually number.

We had two individual performances on Dec. 24. The first was two superb Saxophone numbers by Rick Firestone. The first was an unaccompanied chaconne from partitia in d minor by J.S. Bach. The second was an Aria by Eugene Bozza that included piano accompaniment by the church organist, John Livingston.

I think I liked the first one best. It was intense, moving, and amazing how the saxophone was able to fill and envelope the whole space, not merely in amount of sound, but in emotional and expressive impact. I would love to share the video with you, but at the artist’s request, I will not be posting any audio or video of it to social media or the web. You will just have to be there in service the next time we have him play (I have been led to hope that there will be another time!)

But I can share with you the number by John Livingston on Piano. It was a version of Silent Night interwoven with Clair de Lune by Debussy. It is lovely and amazing how the tunes fit and weave together so well.

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