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Season Of Joy- A Celtic Christmas Celebration
A Celtic Christmas Celebration
Created by Daniel Semsen; Optional Narration and Production Notes by Deborah Craig-Claar
Combining the passion of Celtic musical traditions and the joyous celebration of Christ's birth, Season of Joy offers a spectacular collection of new and beloved seasonal songs that will perfectly complement any Christmas program. Acclaimed arranger/orchestrator Daniel Semsen has brilliantly married traditional Celtic instrumentation with a vibrant contemporary sound. Featuring four new songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty, this one-of-a-kind musical combines such Irish classics as "The Wexford Carol" with exciting new Celtic-inspired arrangements of Chris Tomlin's "Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)" and Travis Cottrell's "Jesus Saves." A standout offering is the stunning overture, which features fiddles, penny whistles and bagpipes. No less than one dozen familiar carols artfully weave their way through the work, inviting your congregation to fully join the celebration. Two optional narrations, a sequence of dramatic readings and production notes by Deborah Craig-Claar have also been provided, allowing you to customize the work to your presentational needs. This year, share the Season of Joy with your choir, your church and your community.
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Review by Kathea
I got to preview this at the Choral Festival in SC. The best Christmas score of the year. Irish but not cheesy. Beautiful arrangements of classics and great new stuff.
(Posted on 8/30/12)
Review by Martha the Choir Lady
If you like Celtic, if you have adventurous choir members who are willing to give it their all, if you are ready for something different, look at this piece for your Christmas program. The music is haunting, exciting, inspiring, interesting in dynamics. The music although at first might seem difficult, I believe can be tackled by a moderate to large church choir. Some of the music is unison, some is broad in musicality and harmony. The children's choir can easily be worked in. It is very uplifting in the final section and hauntingly draws you in on the "Once Upon a Christmas" piece as well as some others. There's traditional as well as contemporary...........who doesn't like Celtic? I am excited about this program. Good job, Daniel!!!
(Posted on 8/6/12)
Review by Natalie
This brings such a freshness to the Christmas music we know and love.
(Posted on 7/4/12)