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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

An American Christmas Album

From San Diego to Brooklyn, from churches and theaters, this collection offers warm and friendly greetings of glad tidings and good cheer.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • December 18, 1995

Music played in the program

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (arranged by Tuuk): Hark, the herald angels sing. PAUL EDWARDS: Small Wonder. CAMIL van HULSE: Tui sunt caeli –Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, Larry Biser, conductor; Jonathan Tuuk (1981 Wicks/Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids, MI) Pro Organo CD 7038

RICHARD ELSASSER: 3 Traditional Carols –Robert Plimpton (1915 Austin/Spreckels Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA) Spreckels Organ Society CD-5

VIRGIL THOMSON: Pastorale on a Christmas Plainsong –Robert Grogan (1964 Möller; 2001 Goulding & Wood/National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC) Gothic G49070

THOMAS BEVERIDGE: Masters in this hall –Washington Men’s Camerata, Thomas Beveridge, conductor; Donald Sutherland (1973 Holtkamp/Bradley Hills Presbyterian, Bethesda, MD) Gothic G49063

FELIX BERNARD: Winter Wonderland –Tom Hazleton (1928 Kimball/Dickinson High School Auditorium, Wilmington, DE) DTOS CD-302

MEL TORMÉ: The Christmas Song –Bob Ralston (1929 Barton/Granada Theatre, Kansas City, KS) P&P Productions 015533

TOMMIE CONNER: I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus –Ron Rhode (1928 Wurlitzer/formerly of the Minnesota Theatre, Minneapolis, MN) Roxy Productions CD-106

VICTOR HERBERT: March of the Toys. JULE STYNE: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! –Robert Maidhof & David Messineo (1928 Wurlitzer/Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn, NY) Midnight Productions CD-1993

CHARLES CALLAHAN: 2 Pieces: Christmas Prelude; The RejoicingCharles Callahan (1991 Wicks/Sacred Heart RCC, Tampa, FL) Pro Organo CD 2223

PAUL MANZ: Christmas Preludes: Open now the gates; Wake, awake; Jesus, priceless treasure; Good Christian men, rejoicePaul Manz (1965 Schlicker/Mount Olive Lutheran, Minneapolis, MN) Manz Music CD-921

Christmas in Harvard Yard:

JAMES WOODMAN: Christmas Prelude. GERALD NEAR: And all in the morning. CHARLES CALLAHAN: Come rejoicing, praises voicing. JOHN COOK: Christmas Postlude on Divinum MysteriumHarvard University Choir, Murray Forbes Somerville, conductor; Nancy Granert (1967 C.B. Fisk/Memorial Chapel, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) Gothic G49075