Ragazzi Boys Chorus’s For the Beauty of the Earth holiday concerts gaze at the earth’s beauty through the prism of music. These performances honor composers through the ages who have contemplated natural surroundings, giving thanks through music for nature’s gifts. Folliott S. Pierpoint’s hymn lyrics are the basis for two versions of For the Beauty of the Earth that Ragazzi will feature, one for full chorus by John Rutter, and the other for low voices by Paul Rudoi. The Jan Sandström/Michael Praetorius setting of the traditional German Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming, and Maria Walks Amid the Thorn by Andrew Carter treat floral imagery with seasonal reverence. A fun and syncopated Deck the Halls (in 7/8) sets the stage for Moses Hogan’s arrangement of the Spiritual Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King and Wendell Whalum’s joyful West Indian De Mornin’ Come. Concerts will conclude with traditional carols – and an invitation for the audience to join the boys in song.
Sung by Concert Group, Choral Scholars and Young Men’s Ensemble
Old First Presbyterian Church
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
Tickets at www.oldfirstconcerts.org