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Deck the Halls Holiday Concert

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An Elgin Holiday Tradition! The ESO’s Deck The Halls Holiday Concert is a community sing-a-long complete with the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewerks, and a special visit from the man himself – SANTA CLAUS!

DATES, TIMES & LOCATION

December 14 at 2:30 pm
December 14 at 7:30 pm
December 15 at 2:30 pm
Hemmens Cultural Center – Elgin, IL

CONCERT PROGRAM

Stephen Squires, conductor
Elgin Master Chorale

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NOTEWORTHY CONCERT FACTS

  • The Four Seasons is a group of four violin concerti by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, each of which gives musical expression to a season of the year. There is some debate as to whether the four concertos were written to accompany four sonnets or vice versa. Regardless, the theory that Vivaldi wrote them is supported by the fact that each sonnet is broken into three sections, each neatly corresponding to a movement in the concerto.
  • The Four Seasons: “Winter”
    • To tremble from cold in the icy snow,
      In the harsh breath of a horrid wind;
      To run, stamping one’s feet every moment,
      Our teeth chattering in the extreme cold
    • Largo  
      Before the fire to pass peaceful,
      Contented days while the rain outside pours down.
    • Allegro
      We tread the icy path slowly and cautiously,
      for fear of tripping and falling.
      Then turn abruptly, slip, crash on the ground and,
      rising, hasten on across the ice lest it cracks up.
      We feel the chill north winds course through the home
      despite the locked and bolted doors…
      this is winter, which nonetheless
      brings its own delights.

 

  • Schubert’s “Ave Maria”was composed as a setting of a song from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem The Lady of the Lake. The opening words and refrain of Ellen’s song, namely “Ave Maria” (Latin for “Hail Mary”), may have led to the idea of adapting Schubert’s melody as a setting for the full text of the traditional Roman Catholic prayer “Ave Maria”. This version is now so frequently used with Schubert’s melody that it has led to the misconception that he originally wrote the melody as a setting for the “Ave Maria”.

 

 

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