This live recording was produced in honor of the 20th anniversary of Gospel Christmas with the Northwest Community Gospel Chorus and the Oregon Symphony.
Once considered an unlikely marriage of musical genres, gospel music with symphony orchestra has now established itself as a tradition. While blues, hymns, and spirituals are typical sources of inspiration for gospel music, the song selections are inspired by any centuries of sacred music.
These selections reflect the transformative nature of gospel music itself - from classical music to Latin flavors, R&B, canticles and carols from the first century, the art of the film score, and a bounty of musical traditions that do not compromise the reverence and soulful export at the core of the musical substance.
The visceral communication is not dissimilar to that of opera, where voice and orchestra align, but today's gospel music with symphony orchestra has uniquely established itself as an art form all its own.
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DeMarcus Williams 1. King of Kings (Alonzo Chadwick, soloist)
Bill Winston 2. Sacrifice of Praise (Robin Henderson, soloist)
Milton Biggham 3. Jesus Is Born (Quiana Crittenden, soloist)
Terry Davis 4. And His Name Shall Be Called
Michael McElroy/Joseph Joubert/Buryl Red 5. You Oughta Know (Jelani Greenidge, soloist)
Norman Hutchins 6. Emmanuel (Alonzo Chadwick, soloist)
Gary Hemenway/Charles Floyd 7. Jesus Savior, Come as a Child (Chelsea Hostetler, soloist; Tracey Harris/Ashley Seamster/ Saeeda Wright, trio)
James Fortune (arr. AyRon Lewis) 8. Go Tell It / Wonderful Child (Wendy Jackson, soloist, Alonzo Chadwick, soloist)
Joseph Pace II 9. Zion Rejoice (Marla Sampson, soloist)
George Frideric Handel (arr. Mervyn Warren, Michael Jackson, Mark Kible) 10. Hallelujah (from Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration) (Emmanuel Henreid, soloist; Marilyn Keller, soloist)
Various 11. Christmas Worship Medley - Erasmus Mutambira: Alpha and Omega - Traditional: O Come All Ye Faithful - Gary Sadler/Lynn DeShazo: Be Unto Your Name - Israel Houghton: Magnificent and Holy - Israel Houghton: The Almighty Reigns (Clairece Rosati-Hemenway, soloist; Alonzo Chadwick, soloist; Jonathan Vaughn, soloist; Tracey Harris, soloist; MaryEtta Callier, soloist)
George Frideric Handel (arr. Mervyn Warren, words by Isaac Watts) 12. Joy to the World (Saeeda Wright, soloist)