TAKE JOY (Anything But A Silent Night)
About this work:
A Holiday Concert featuring music from many cultures, and original music composed for the occasion. TAKE JOY explores the deeper feelings of December holidays and the Winter Solstice. Nostalgia and discovery unfold as the music, poetry and dialogue bring a month of darkness into the light of sharing, family and cultural celebrations, and an appreciation for the simpler things. Performed by a multi-generational cast of eight, including a shepherd who's wandered into the hall looking for the Christmas Pageant, the family event is humorous, touching, and most of all, inspiring to those looking beyond the 'fifth performance of Handel's Messiah." (Eliot Pfanstiehl, CEO, Strathmore Performing Arts Center). Commissioned by the Strathmore, the premiere is scheduled for December 19 and 20, 2009.
Version: For chorus, children's chorus, singing actors and chamber orchestra
Year composed: 2009
Ensemble type: Opera/Theater:Music Theater
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn in F, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Timpani, 1 Drum Set, 1 Electric/Electronic Keyboard, 2 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Double bass, 1 Electric Guitar
Instrumentation notes: Optional smaller version: Flute, Oboe/English Horn, Horn in F, Cello, Guitar, Drum Set, Keyboards, Keyboard/Conductor