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A Christmas Party – December 4, 2005 | Walter Hall, Toronto
Songs in German and English (and other music) on the theme of Christmas.

date: December 4, 2005

We began with some of Wolf’s unparalleled settings of old Spanish Christmas poems; the first half ended with English and American music, together with a reading of a famous poem of Thomas Hardy, “The Oxen”.  Our second half featured excerpts from Britten’s early operetta, Paul Bunyan, performed in the composer-sanctioned version with 2 piano accompaniment, finishing with the “Christmas Party” scene.  13 singers took part, together with Aldeburgh Connection alumnus, Peter Barnes, in the speaking role of Bunyan himself.  A lively concert staging was devised by Michael Patrick Albano.

Song Artist Composer Poet
Nun wandre Maria (Spanisches Liederbuch) Duncan, Tyler, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo Ocaña, Francisco de, trans. Heyse, Paul
Die ihr schwebet (Spanisches Liederbuch) Huhtanen, Carla, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Vega, Lope de, trans. Geibel, Emanuel
Führ mich, Kind, nach Bethlehem (Spanisches Liederbuch) Duncan, Tyler, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Wolf, Hugo anon. Spanish, trans. Heyse, Paul
Ach, des Knaben Augen sind mir so schön (Spanisches Liederbuch) Huhtanen, Carla, soprano; Ubukata, Bruce, piano Wolf, Hugo Ubeda, Lopez de, trans. Heyse, Paul
Die Könige (Weihnachtslieder) Duncan, Tyler, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Cornelius, Peter Cornelius, Peter
Blow, blow thou winter wind   (Shakespeare) Duncan, Tyler, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Quilter, Roger Shakespeare, William
Noel Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Ralls, 2 pianos Gardiner, Balfour n/a
A Christmas Carol Duncan, Tyler, baritone; Ralls, Stephen, piano Ives, Charles Ives, Charles
INTERMISSION
Paul Bunyan, Op.17 (excerpts) Huhtanen, Carla / McLeod, Eve-Rachel / Cesaroni, Lucia, sopranos; Knapp, Kathryn / Yemen, Jillian, mezzos; Ainsworth, Colin / Erickson, Stephen / Luther, Adam / Barrett, Michael, tenors; Duncan, Tyler / Estabroooks, Jonathan / Powell, Calvin, baritone; Hegedus, Stephen, bass-baritone; Ralls, Stephen / Ubukata, Bruce, 2 pianos Britten, Benjamin Auden, Wystan Hugh