Welcome All Wonders

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Monday, December 8, 2014
Libby Gardner Concert Hall

7:30 PM

Adults $15 Students $10 (advance)
Adults $17 Students $12 (day of)

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It has been 20 years since Utah Chamber Artists last presented a performance of of J.A.C. Redford’s “Welcome All Wonders: A Christmas Celebration”. We commissioned the work in 1993, and in addi- tion to featuring it twice as part of our Christmas concerts, we recorded it on the Bonneville Label and performed selections from the work on our Israel tour in 1996. Born in Los Angeles. Redford was raised in Utah, but returned to L.A. where he is a well-known composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor of concert, chamber and choral music, film, television and theater scores.

In a review of the premiere in 1993, William Goodfellow at the Deseret News said:

“And a handsome package it is, a five-movement choral symphony that weds poems from Renaissance and modern-day England and America to music that embraces all three. The result is a piece that sounds at once old and new, as the exuberant dissonances of the opening, drawn from the poetry of Richard Crashaw, give way in celebratory fashion to the antique piping of a shepherd’s dance…despite their separable quality, [the movements] really do add up to a symphony, each section standing as an integral part of the whole.”

Redford selected the following texts to make up the “whole” of the work.

Welcome All Wonders
Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

Christmas Mourning
Vassar Miller (1924 – 1998)

The Nativity of Christ
Robert Southwell (1561-1595)

Good Is the Flesh
Christmas Now
Brian Wren (1936- )

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