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The Choral Project
“Yuletide” (2010)
The Choral Project’s most recent recording, this CD offers a festive collection of holiday favorites. A cappella highlights include Healy Wilan’s powerful and resplendent motet “Hodie Christus Natus Est.” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ popular “Wassail Song,” and Charles Ives’ hauntingly beautiful “Christmas Carol.” The CD was a labor of love to create. For years The Choral Project and I had requests from fans to release a CD of popular carols that celebrate the wintry season. For me, one special work on the recording is “A Garland of Carols,” written by the late Daniel Lee Hooper — my best friend and colleague. Mr. Hooper was a singer in The Choral Project after he retired from years of teaching and music-making in the greater Phoenix area. Shortly after his unexpected death, I discovered this collection of carols that he compiled and arranged. It features carols from England, America, the Huron Indians, Russia, Sweden, and French Canada. Performing his music is a small way in which I can honor his life and legacy. He was a great man.

Hodie Christus Natus Est — Healy Wilan (1880-1968)
Carol of the Drum — Katherine K. Davis (1892-1980)
Nova. nova. ave fit ex eva — Willametta Spencer (b. 1932)
Carol Medley (Deck the Hall • Ding, Dong! Merrily on High • Carol of the Bells) — traditional
The Wassail Song — Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Landlord. Fill the Flowing Bowl — arr. Daniel Hughes (b. 1968)
Silent Night — Franz Xavier Gruber (1787-1863) [verse 1 & 2: arr. D. Hughes; verse 2 descant: John Rutter; verse 3: arr. Paul Sjolund]
A Garland of Carols — Daniel Hooper (1947-2010)
I wonder as I wander — John Jacob Niles (1892-1980)
Caroling. Caroling — Alfred Burt (1920-54)
A Christmas Carol — Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Somerset Wassail — traditional. arr. Richard Felciano (b. 1930)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas — traditional. arr. Edward Fissinger (1920-1990)
Rise Up Shepherd and Foller — traditional Spiritual. arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)
Merry Christmas to You All — traditional canon

 

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The Choral Project
“Tell the World” (2009)
Spirituals. gospel music. and songs that honor Africa! The Choral Project branched out in a new direction with a live concert of African-American spirituals and contemporary gospel music by Moses Hogan, Mary Watkins, Jeff Majors, and Rickie Byers-Brown, to name a few. Legendary Bay Area soloists Michelle Jordan and Juanita Harris joined The Choral Project for this one-of-a-kind recording.

 

 

 

Ezekiel Saw De Wheel — arr. William Dawson (feat. Juanita Harris)
Blow Ye The Trumpet — Kirke Mechem
23rd Psalm — Jeff Majors (feat. Michelle Jordan)
Deep River — arr. Norman Luboff (feat. Joshua Palkki)
My God Is Good/Angels Of The Earth — Rickie Byers-Beckwith (feat. Michelle Jordan)
I Can Tell The World — arr. Moses Hogan
On The Battlefield For My Lord — arr. Ruth Winter-Butterfield (feat. Juanita Harris)
All My Trials — arr. Norman Luboff
My Soul’s Been Anchored — arr. Moses Hogan
Witness — arr. Jack Halloran
Ain’-a That Good News — arr. William Dawson
O, Lord, Stand By Me — arr. Ruth Butterfield-Winter (feat. Juanita Harris)
We Let It Be — Rickie Byers-Beckwith (feat. Michelle Jordan)
Wade In De Water — arr. Allen Koepke
God Is All There Is — Mary Watkins (feat. Michelle Jordan)
The Battle of Jericho — arr. Moses Hogan
Worthy To Be Praised — Byron Smith (feat. Michelle Jordan & Juanita Harris)

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The Choral Project
“One is the All” (2006)
This CD tells the story of a life experience through a tapestry of choral music spanning the globe and several centuries, including a world premiere by award-winning Broadway composer & lyricist Stephen Schwartz, written especially for this production.

 

 

 

Kéramos – Stephen Schwartz
De Punta y Taco – arr. Ward Swingle
Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder! – Claude Debussy
Quisiera – Roberto Valera
War Song – arr. Shin-ichiro Ikebe
So we’ll go no more a-roving – Daniel Hughes
Come to Me, My Love – Norman Dello Joio
The Bluebird – Charles Villier Stanford
Fair & True – James Quitman Mulholland
Turn the World Around – Harry Belafonte and Robert Freedman, arr. Larry Farrow
It Takes a Village – Joan Szymcko
The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby – Neil Ginsberg
El Hambo – Jaakko Mäntyjärvi
Famine Song – VIDA, arr. Matthew Cullton
Let Evening Come – Brian Holmes
Musica animam tangens – Joshua Shank
Ubi caritas – Paul Halley

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The Choral Project
“Winter” (2005)
This holiday CD features Eric Whitacre’s Winter with the San José Chamber Orchestra and sitar player Dr. Prasad Jogalekar, Dominick Argento’s Gloria, featuring organist James Welch, Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria with the Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, David Maddux’s Christmas Goes Classical, Dutch, Nigerian, Russian, and Jamaican pieces as well as a few traditional holiday standards.

 

 

 

Gloria – Dominick Argento
A Child is Born in Bethlehem – Samuel Scheidt
Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella – arr. Neil Ginsberg
Ave Maria – Franz Biebl
In dulce jubilo – Jetse Bremer
Lo, how a rose e’er blooming – Michael Praetorius, arr. Jan Sandström
Winter – Eric Whitacre
Bogoroditse Djevo – Arvo Pärt
Bogoroditse Djevo (from “All-Night Vigil,” Op. 37) – Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lullaby my Jesus – Peter Warlock, arr. Andrew Carter
The 12 Days of Christmas – arr. Gregg Smith
Jing-ga-lye-ya – Bruce Sled
Keresimesi Odun De O (Nigerian Carol) – arr. Wendell Whalum
Mary’s Little Boy Child (Jamaican Carol) – Jester Hairston, adapted by Daniel Hughes
Christmas Goes Classical – David Maddux
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, arr. Doug Andrews

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The Choral Project
“Water & Light” (2003)
This CD is The Choral Project’s fourth recording. Filled with selections to bring you peace and comfort, this CD addresses the question: “What do ‘Water & Light’ sound like?” Eric Whitacre, Rene Clausen, Morten Lauridsen and others give us the glassy calm of early morning waters, a ripple from a tossed stone, and the sun’s rays bouncing off of gentle waves.
Here’s what the critics are saying:
“…Although Morten Lauridsen’s gorgeous setting of O magnum mysterium by now is an established repertoire piece for many choirs and has been recorded many times, it’s done so beautifully here that it makes the disc worth owning for this performance alone. But there’s also Frank Ticheli’s realization of Sara Teasdale’s poem “There will be rest”—a true masterpiece that every capable choir and choral aficionado should know—and David Giardiniere’s arrangement of Elgar’s “Nimrod” (from Enigma Variations) to the Agnus Dei text, both of which will impress anyone with a love of singing, beautiful melodies, and more or less traditional harmonic and textural structures.”
~ David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com

Five Hebrew Love Songs (with string quartet) — Eric Whitacre
Cloudburst (with piano and percussion) — Eric Whitacre
i thank You God for most this amazing day — Eric Whitacre
She Weeps Over Rahoon (with English Horn and piano) — Eric Whitacre
Little Birds (with piano) — Eric Whitacre
Water Night — Eric Whitacre
Sleep — Eric Whitacre
Agnus Dei — Edward Elgar/David Giardiniere
Hymn to the Mother of God — John Tavener
There will be rest — Frank Ticheli
Ave Maria — Giancarlo Aquilanti
Tonight. eternity alone — René Clausen
O magnum mysterium — Morten Lauridsen

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The Choral Project
“Of Christmastide” (1999)
This holiday CD features works from many times and many lands, all celebrating the Christmas season.

 

 

 

 

Hodie, Christus natus est — Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck
Sweet was the Song — Robert H. Young
Terly, terlow — Gustav Holst
The Boar’s Head Carol — arr. Donald Waxman
The Lamb — John Tavener
Personent Hodie — Alice Parker
Two Latvian Carols — Andrejs Jansons
The Three Kings — arr. John Rutter
Salvation is Created — Pavel Chesnokov
Carol from an Irish Cabin — Dale Wood
A la nanita nana — arr. Roger Folstrom
Deck the Hall (in 7/8) — traditional, arr. James McKelvey
Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming — Michael Praetorius, arr.Daniel Gawthrop
O magnum mysterium — Morten Lauridsen
The Wassail Song — Ralph Vaughan Williams
Betelehemu — Via Olutunji, Wendell Whalum, arr. Barrington Brooks
Silent Night — Paul Sjolund

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The Choral Project
“The Cycle of Life: A Dramatic and Musical Chronicle” (1997) [OUT OF PRINT]
This CD is a musical journey through the human experience, from birth through death and beyond. Threaded together with poetry and narration, this musical experience is The Choral Project’s first CD–recorded in the beautiful St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park.

 

 

A Jubilant Song — René Clausen
Infant Joy (from Songs of Innocence) — Earl George
The Lamb (from Songs of Innocence) — Earl George
Laughing Song (from Songs of Innocence) — Earl George
Dieu! qu’il a fait bon regarder! — Claude Debussy
Marianne — English folk song,  arr. Philip Wilby
El Paisanito — Argentinian folk song, arr. Ward Swingle
A Dog Known as Ego — Lars-Erik Larsson
This We Know — Ron Jeffers
Kasar Mie la Gaji — Alberto Grau
Wie liegt die Stadt — Rudolf Mauersberger
Come, Sweet Death — Johann Sebsastian Bach
To All to Each (from Carols of Death) — William Schuman
The Unknown Region (from Carols of Death) – William Schuman
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten — arr. Daniel Hughes
Open thou mine eyes — John Rutter
Bogoroditse D’evo, Raduisya — Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sing Me to Heaven — Daniel Gawthrop