Christmas - "major" work for TTBB voices
Date: March 1, 2011
Thinking ahead to Christmas (already - sigh...)...
I direct a men's community chorus of about 65 men. We do an annual Christmas concert and I've been trying to program one major-ish work to anchor the program. I usually can hire 5-6 professional instrumentalists as well. In the past few years we've done Pinkham's "brass quintet), Rutter's "Dancing Day" (harp and soloist), Susa's "Carols and Lullabies" (harp, marimba, guitar). These have been sort of the "anchor" pieces of the program and then the rest has been a mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar pieces as well as audience sing-alongs, etc. I've also usually done some orchestrating of other pieces to make good use of the instrumentalists." (
I've basically run out of ideas at this point. The men in my chorus are on the older side and they don't learn very quickly, so the level of difficulty has to be easy to moderate (the Pinkham was a challenge for them). I'm hoping perhaps we can share some past Christmas program choices. Unfortunately, it seems like many of the pieces I find were originally written for SATB voices, and the TTBB arrangements of them aren't always the best. I'm even open to commissioning someone to compose and/or arrange a piece or set of pieces. It would be nice to have a major-ish Christmas choral work that was originally conceived for men's chorus.
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!
Director, Boston Saengerfest Men's Chorus