CHARIS 2003 CD: Hoping It Might Be So: Christmastide"Charis is one of the area's finest vocal chamber ensembles. The group's
blended sound, their musicality, and their attention to technique make Charis
a welcome and respected addition in the tri-state region. In addition to being
an exceptional singer and teacher, Ms. Peck has also surfaced as a gifted
new conductor, whose respect and enthusiasm for the music is communicated
both to her performers and to the audience."
Dr. Dennis Keene, Director of Voices of Ascension, New York, NY
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The Holly She Bears A Berry
Arr. James E. Clemens
In the Bleak Midwinter (*)
Arr. Neil Farrell
Come Sing and Dance
Herbert Howells Susanne Peck, Soprano; Sue Anderson, Piano
Christmas Peace (*)
Susanne Peck Scott Munson, Tenor
O Magnum Mysterium (*)
Nancy Wertsch Julie Dolphin, Soprano
from Piae Cantiones
We Three Kings (*)
Arr. Peter Schubert
Ave Maria (Angelus Domini)
Franz Biebl Scott Munson, Tenor; Todd Takken, Baritone
There Is A Flower
John Rutter Colleen McMahon, Soprano
Arr. Richard Zgodava
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (*)
Arr. Johannes Somary Anne Harris, Soprano
Arr. Anne Somary
The Rune of Hospitality
I Wonder as I Wander
(Appalachian Carol) Susanne Peck, Soprano
Quem Pastores Laudavere (*)
Masters In This Hall (*)
Arr. Susanne Peck
Saint Ita's Vision
Samuel Barber Susanne Peck, Soprano; Sue Anderson, Piano
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (*)
Elliot Z. Levine
(*) - Worldwide Recording Debut
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Hoping it Might Be So: Christmastide is a gathering of 20 Christmas carols -- some new, some unusual,
and some well-loved favorites in new arrangements -- that enfolds the listener in the wonder of this most
The title for this special collection comes from Thomas Hardy's poem The Oxen. In it, the narrator
recalls the innocent faith he felt as a child, when he believed a Christmas legend about the beasts gathered
around the manger. Now grown, he admits how fanciful the tale is, yet realizes that in his heart he is still
"hoping it might be so." Such is the power of Christmas, a time that reawakens the desire to believe in
miracles - that oxen do kneel at midnight on Christmas Eve, that a star can guide a journey from afar, and
that a newborn child will bring peace and love to a wounded world.
Each of the songs of Hoping It Might Be So expresses an emotional facet of this sacred season: the resounding
carillon call of Hodie; the lively dances of The Holly She Bears a Berry, Come Sing and Dance,
In This Hall; the mournful reflection of I Wonder As I Wander; the gentle beauty of In the Bleak
Midwinter, and There Is A Flower; the tender lullabies of Christmas Peace, and St. Ita's
Vision; the lyrical reverence of Ave Maria and Quem Pastores; the broad majesty of We
Three Kings and Personent Hodie; and the mystical awe of O Magnum Mysterium and Let
All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. And, of course, the hopeful wonder of The Oxen.
With their timeless themes of transcendence and renewal and universal message of peace, joy, and love, these
wondrous songs speak to the hearts of all people. Charis invites you to share this music in the spirit of