A Rose Has Sprung: Music for Christmas

Two Performances

Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 PM
All Saints Church
1773 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Friday, December 8, at 8:00 PM
Church of the Advent
30 Brimmer Street
Boston, MA 02108

Daniel Mahoney, conductor

Get into the Holiday spirit with The Boston Cecilia at our annual Christmas concerts. The chorus celebrates the old and new with festive music that spans the centuries. Daniel Mahoney conducts a program inspired by the famous tune, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming. The Christmas story will be told through Hugo Distler's gorgeous variations on the tune, alongside Herbert Howells's A Spotless Rose and other songs inspired by a mother's love. The concerts will also include a rarely heard complete performance of Benjamin Britten's early collection of carols, Christ's Nativity. Come revel in the sounds of the season. Become part of this beloved tradition and join in singing cherished carols with Cecilia at Beacon Hill's beautiful Church of the Advent and All Saints Parish in Brookline.

John Joubert, Torches
Benjamin Britten, Christ’s Nativity
David Wilcocks, The First Nowell
Herbert Howells, A Spotless Rose
Francisco Guerrero, Ave Maria à 4
Benjamin Britten, A Hymn to the Virgin
Jake Runestad, Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep
Phillips Brooks, Lewis Redner, O Little Town of Bethlehem
William Mathias, A Babe is Born, op. 53
Felix Mendelssohn, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Hugo Distler, Die Weinachtgeschichte, op. 10

Daniel Mahoney recently completed his Master of Arts in choral conducting at the University of Birmingham where he worked with a wide variety of ensembles ranging from student choirs and community choirs to youth choruses and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He was recently appointed the first Conducting Fellow for the prestigious chamber choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford. Prior to his work in England, Daniel completed a Master of Music in conducting at The Boston Conservatory. In addition to serving as assistant conductor for choral ensembles and operas in Boston, Daniel was assistant conductor of the Newburyport Choral Society and music director at the Congregational Church of Weston. He has been a fellow at Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and conducting fellow at Chorus America’s national conference. With Berkshire Choral International, Daniel has helped to prepare masterpieces from the choral-orchestral canon as a staff conductor and apprentice in the United States and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to degrees in conducting, he also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College.