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Favorite Choral-Orchestral Song/Movement

Here's the scenario.  You teach/conduct a high school chorus (SATB).  At some point during the year, your students will present a concert, at your school, in collaboration with and accompanied by a professional orchestra.  There will be a dress rehearsal immediately preceeding the concert.  Here's the question: What one song, selection, piece, or movement from a larger work would you be sure to program or at least strongly consider programming?  Consider the chorus to be an advanced high school mixed chorus numbering between 150-200 students.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your students and you may actually get to be on the podium!  Please do not suggest entire major or extended works.  You have the opportunity to share with your singers some of the best choral/orchestral repertoire in an event that will affect their young, artistic selves.  I have some ideas but would love to hear yours.  So, what do you want to program?
on August 28, 2012 4:32am
Brahms: Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen
on August 28, 2012 7:34am
Jean Sibelius: Maan Laulu (Song of the Earth), if your choir is willing to learn a new language...
on August 28, 2012 7:38am
Yes, the Brahms, of course.  But consider Carmen Dragon's Finlandia arrangement.  Very exciting.  It's not Brahms, but it's great.  The orchestr just plays Finlandia and the chorus joins.
on August 28, 2012 3:04pm
Randall Thompson's •Last Words of David• rarely hears it in its original orchestral setting…
Robert A. M. Ross
on August 28, 2012 9:55pm
Quaker Peace Testimony was premiered by Ken Rawdon's Mount Eden High School Chorus ( ) in December 2007 with the Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra.  
Podium Score:
SATB + Piano (orchestra reduction):
Review in Friends Newsletter (Feb 2008):
It is a challenging, contemporary, powerful, moving piece suitable for an advanced mixed high school chorus.

The text is the influential 1660 Quaker Peace Testimony to King Charles II.  

The music is harmonically rich, angular, and complex.

The piece was most recently performed July 2012 in a new TTBB arrangement at the Elie Caulkins opera house in Denver Colorado.
on August 29, 2012 4:58am
Hallelujah, from the Mount of Olives - by Beethoven
Once to Every Man and Nation - arr. by David Stanley York
Good luck with your decision...
Applauded by an audience of 1
on August 29, 2012 2:06pm
Any Kyrie from a Hayden Mass.
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