Christmas by the Bay

San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Vance George, conductor

Grammy Nomination, Best Crossover Album

Holiday Greetings!
“San Francisco is a city that celebrates life with enthusiasm and abandon, and Christmas in San Francisco is spirited and festive. Skyscrapers are trimmed in countless white lights, creating a unique December skyline; the wharf, the squares, parks, piers, plazas, and malls are decorated with great variety. During the holiday season, thousands gather in Union Square to sing traditional carols with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and to light Macy’s gigantic Christmas tree. In mid-December, we perform our annual Christmas concerts in Davies Symphony Hall lavish with trees, garlands and wreaths all twinkling with tiny lights. The stage is set. The holiday atmosphere is intoxicating.” Vance George
trad.-Willcocks: The First Nowell
trad.-Parker/Shaw: Deck the Hall
trad.-Parker/Shaw: O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Mendelssohn: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Handel: Joy to the World
trad.-Willcocks: O Come All Ye Faithful
trad. French-George/Bateleur: Patapan (Pamela Sebastian, soprano)
Rachmaninoff: Rejoice, O Virgin
Bach: Break forth, O beauteous, heavenly light from Christmas Oratorio
Marenzio: Qual mormorio soave
Brahms: Ave Maria
Pretorius: Psallite
trad. Swedish-George: Nu Ar Det Jul Igen
Susa: The Midnight Clear (commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony)
Costeley: Allon, gay Bergeres
Holst: Lullay My Liking (Micheline Steacy, soprano)
Pretorius: Lo How a Rose
trad. Irish-Warland: Wexford Carol (Steven Rogino, baritone)
trad. French: Carol of Beauty Whitacre: little tree (commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony)
trad. Spanish-Parker/Shaw: Ya Viene la Vieja
Rossini: Toast pour le nouvel an
Ives: A Christmas Carol
Smith-Malucelli: Winter Wonderland
Berlin: White Christmas
trad.-George: We Wish You