Christmas 2019 – Rockin’ around the Xmas tree

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Ho ho ho! Guess who’s back in town?

Another splendid week of festive music is upon us with the usual carols and Jazz tunes plus some more extracts from the “Nutcracker” and at long last, the celebration of one of the most prolific composers in history! It starting to look like Christmas!

Christmas Oratorio

So it will have taken us 7 years to eventually feature one of the most famous composers, Johann Sebastian Bach! Thankfully, the occasion is more than appropriate as JS’s Oratorio is a wonderful piece of music and will complement perfectly the rest of our selection. However, for timekeeping issues, we will only practice one movement out of the possible 65, the stunning item #10, the “Sinfonia”, wonderfully executed below by the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Not bad for a piece that is nearly 300 years old!

The Nutcracker

Some would agree that you can’t have Christmas music without the “Nutcracker”, such Tchaikovsky’s bestseller is now strongly associated with festive music. This week, we will revisit the “Flower Waltz” as well as two new pieces for the Academy: the “Dance of the reed pipes” and the “March”.

Let is snow / Winter Wonderland

Two fantastic Jazzy tunes in one medley! Believe it or not, those songs were respectively composed in 1945 and 1934! Good music doesn’t get old! Below are international vocal group Accent with the ruthless Gordon Goodwin big band and Snoop dog delivering their own takes on those two classic tunes.