Instrumentalists and vocalists from the Mayer Lutheran music department will be celebrating the birth of our Savior by performing a concert on Monday, December 14, 2015. The Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Grade School Concert Band, and Knights of Jazz will perform sacred and secular Christmas favorites.
A few highlights of evening include: the Wind Ensemble performing “Past the Equinox” by Jack Stamp. As the title suggests, the equinox occurs when the length of day and night are equal, and “past the equinox” refers to the day being slightly longer than the night. The night, or dark, is represented by a chromatic and very angular theme which is heard immediately following the opening bell tolls. Several times through the course of the work, the day theme attempts to emerge but is engulfed by the night theme. The entire work is based upon the conflict of the night theme and day theme, or more specifically, evil and good. Eventually, the night theme succumbs to the day theme which is finally revealed as the Advent hymn, “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.” It is at this point that the metaphor is realized. Past the equinox; light over dark; good over evil, is accomplished musically though the prophetic hymn which announces the coming of “the light of the world.”
The choir is performing “Festivals of Lessons and Carols” by John Leavitt. Volunteer vocalists are encouraged to join the choir for this inspiring celebration of Christ’s birth. (See inset right.)
Parents, Alums and Singers of All Ages!
The choir is performing “Festivals of Lessons and Carols” by John Leavitt for the Christmas Concert on December 14. If you would like to join the choir you can order the book at
J.W. Pepper (www.jwpepper. com/Festival-of-Lessons-and- Carols/3259850.item#.Vjtt1vnF-So Singer’s version) or contact Mr. Strehlke at Mayer Lutheran (952-657-2251 x 1304).
Two Sunday afternoon rehearsals will also take place on December 6 & 13 at 5 PM in the Fine Arts Center. Please lift your voices with us as we celebrate the birth of the King. Go to the link below for the rehearsal track for Lessons and Carols. With choir and without.