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“Christmas in Brass” Concert: Sunday 9th December 2018

LAKE MACQUARIE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WARNERS BAY

CNL Brass entertain at the Christmas in Brass Concert

The Concert opened with the March Christmas Joy, a composition of popular Christmas tunes set to a “marching beat”. The first half featured the composition by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Happy Christmas – War is Over. Originally written as a protest song about the Vietnam War, it has been “adopted” as a popular Christmas tune. The audience joined in with the singing of O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The band included the delightful St Florian Choral, composed by Thomas Doss as a tribute to the famous Austrian Composer, Anton Bruckner, who was his tutor at the St Florian Convent in Austria. Even though it was composed in 1920, In a Persian Market was appealing to the audience with it very lively beat, as was the contrasting German Carol Ich Steh Diener Krippen Hier (I’m Standing By Your Crib). White Christmas provided a pleasant ending to the first half.

The second half opened with An Australian Christmas (a special request) by the Australian composer William G James. This is a Suite of three Movements, of which two, Carol of the Birds and The Silver Stars were featured. A new arrangement for flugel horn of Away in a Manger, played at the 2017 Christmas Concert for the first time, was also included in the Program and played by Doug Hoepper. The audience joined in again to sing along to Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. The most popular number of the second half was Schneewalzer (Snow Waltz). This arrangement, with prompting by the Emcee, saw the audience, from time to time, join hands and sway from side to side, as well tapping their feet to the beat. The second half concluded with Georg Friedrich Handel’s For Unto Us.

In all, twenty numbers were presented to the audience who, by their applause, indicated that this Christmas in Brass program was an enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.

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