A Concert of Christmas Choral Music

Conducted by Louis Welcher - Accompanied by Ann Shields

December 7, 2003

All Saints Episcopal Church - 501 S. Phoenix Avenue - Russellville, AR


Three Marian Motets


Ave Maria Franz Biebl (1906-2001)

Soloist: B.J. Dunn, Bass, and Richard Niven, Tenor

Ave Maria Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Ave Maria Giulio Caccini (1545-1618)

Flutist: Virginia Hudson


A Cantata for Christmastide and Epiphany

The Story of Christmas H. Alexander Matthews (1879-1973)

Soprano soloist: Jan Vander Leest

Solo quartet: Cathy Baker, Soprano

Candace Welcher, Alto

Richard Niven, Tenor

Sandy McGregor, Bass

The Prophecy

"Behold the days come, saith the Lord", "O Emmanuel. Our King and lawgiver"


The Annunciation

"The angel Gabriel was sent from God"

The Vision of the Shepherds

"There were shepherds abiding in the field"

"And the angle said unto them"

"Glory to God in the highest!"


The Journey of the Shepherds


"And it came to pass, when the angles were gone away"

Voices of the sky

"O lovely voices of the sky" (carol)

The Quest of the Magi

Instrumental March, "From the Eastern Mountains"

"And when they were come into the house"

"O come, all ye faithful"

"Sleep, Holy Babe!"


The Fulfillment of the Prophecy

"Awake, put on thy strength, O Zion"

"For the Lord hath comforted His people"

"Christ to Thee, with God the Father"


A Medley of Beloved Christmas Tunes

"Christmas from the Heart" (Arr. Mark Brymer)

Soprano soloist: Jan Vander Leest



Festival Chorale Singers



Cathy Baker, Bettye Barton, Kimberly Bradley, Deanna Flanders

Kay Ford, JoAnn Hutchinson, Kathleen Kalvesmaki, Kathy Knudsen

Neletta Linney, Rita Myers, Bonnie Newton, Ann Richards

Nancy Shaw, Keli Stackhouse, Willie Ann Thomas, Jan Vander Leest

Bonnie Vinson, Jan Welch, Joan Woodall, Sandy Wright



Beth M. Adams, Sue Barton, Ima Jo Bradley, Frankie Casey

Susan Detrick, Kathy Dickerson, Claire Dunn, Nancy Fancher

Shirley Faulkner, Sabra Ferguson, Sara Hawkins, Carole Horner

Charlotte Linch, Sue Niven, Linda Phillips, Karen Pittman

Ginnie Tyson, Candace Welcher


Leon Fancher, Bev Gowin, Lynn Hardin, Richard Niven

Van Tyson, Sheila Phillips, Gerald Myers


Joe L. Bradley, Stan Bradley, Robert Casey, Mike Cooper

B.J. Dunn, Bill Eaton, Jean Hawkins, Howard Kimball

Sandy McGregor, Sergio Picado, Jan Shaw, Jack Williamson



Anne Shields, organ

Virginia Hudson, flute



Festival Chorale would like to give a special thank you to the following people:


Fr. Walt Friese and the Vestry of All Saints Episcopal Church for the gracious offering of a place to rehearse and perform.

Special Thanks to "The Nicholson Group" for assistance with graphic design and publicity.

Appreciation is expressed to the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center for additional publicity.