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Sibelius  Andante Festivo

Mohr/Gruber  Silent Night in D arr. Kenneth Rice

Tchaikovsky Waltz from Serenade Op.48

Händel  I know that my Redeemer Liveth

Corelli  Christmas Concerto Op. 6, No. 8

Traditional  Sankta Lucia arr. Kenneth Rice

Grieg Love Story:  First Meeting, Two Brown Eyes, I Love Thee,

A Bird Cried Out, Solvejg’s Song, To Her & A Swan.

Grieg Two Nordic melodies Op 63.

Traditional  Wexford Carol (arr. Kenneth Rice)

Traditional  Don oíche úd i mBeithil  (arr.Kenneth Rice)

Traditional  Have yourself a merry little Christmas Arr. Kenneth Rice

A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION features much-loved festive songs and music from across Europe.  Sibelius combines lusciousness with poignancy to great effect in his Andante Festivo. Ava Dodd sings the beautiful, popular and traditional Silent Night. Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Serenade brims with melodies and its Waltz is one of his most popular works.  Ava inspires hope in a stirring rendition of I Know That My Redeemer Liveth from Messiah. The drama of the Nativity is thrust upon the listener in Corelli’s Christmas Concerto as pastoral visions of nearby shepherds provide soothing contemplation.  Ava shines once again in the beautiful Santa Lucia celebrating St. Lucia’s Day in Italy and Scandinavia with the customary celebration of light. She follows this with a selection of Grieg’s intimate and romantic love-songs, written for his wife, Nina. His stunning  and rarely heard Nordic Melodies are performed with gusto by ICO. A little closer to home, the ICO serenade with the Wexford Carol as a haunting rendition of Don Oíche úd I mBeithil along with a festive farewell ignite this wonderful concert.

Dates and Tickets 

For broadcast 8pm Saturday 19 December 2020 from NCH 

Streaming (Free )