O Holy Night

Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham
Rodney Wynkoop, conductor
Friday, December 20, 2019
8 pm
Duke Chapel
Free Admission
  • Hubert Parry – Welcome, Yule!
  • Edwin Fissinger – Love came down at Christmas
  • Herbert Howells – A spotless rose
  • Dan Forrest – Verbum caro factum est
  • Frank La Rocca – O magnum mysterium
  • Norman Dello Joio – A Christmas Carol
  • Alan Bullard – Glory to the Christ Child
  • Francis Poulenc – Videntes stellam
  • Philip Ledger, arr. – Bell Carol
  • Paul Ayres – When the song of the angels is stilled
  • Zebulon Highben – Welcome Yule
  • Alice Parker/Robert Shaw, arr. – O come, O come, Emmanuel
  • David Blackwell, arr. – Lo, how a rose e’er blooming
  • Bullard – Scots Nativity
  • Bob Chilcott, arr. – Lulajze, Jezuniu
  • Chilcott, arr. – Pilgrim Jesus
  • John Rutter, arr. – Down in yon forest
  • Chilcott, arr. – Sussex Carol
  • Bernard/Ayres, arr. – Winter Wonderland
  • Steven Sametz – Gaudete
  • Fissinger – The Star of Morn (World Premiere)


“VAE is made up of some of the finest voices in the Triangle. They are chosen by Wynkoop based on ability, musicality, and the best possible blend of vocal qualities. His rehearsals are always focused and disciplined, a great pleasure, and often fun. Concerts of superior choral quality such as what was experienced in Duke Chapel this evening are the consequence of all of this. How fortunate we are!– Ken Hoover, CVNC

Interior of Duke University Chapel

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction. VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present.

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