Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale: Dawn

December 9 • 7:30 pm

First United Methodist Church Charlotte

501 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

​​​​​December 10 • 7:30 pm

First Baptist Church of Gastonia

2650 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054

Charlotte Master Chorale
Philip Biedenbender, piano
David Brooks, violin
Stephen Field, piano
Lenora Leggatt, violin
Christine Starnes, piano
Bob Teixeira, guitar

Kenney Potter conducting

General Admission
$30 in advance
$35 at the door
Students: $10 at the door with ID

Christmas with CMC logo 225.pngThis year’s incarnation of Christmas with the Charlotte Master Chorale draws from a beautifully eclectic selection of repertoire, from seasonal favorites (“Angels from the Realms of Glory” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”) and choral classics (Eric Whitacre’s “Lux Aurumque”), to contemporary entries (Kyle Pederson’s “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light”), jazz standards (Duke Ellington’s "Come Sunday”), and fresh re-imaginings of beloved melodies (Christopher Aspaas’s “Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger” and Assistant Conductor Philip Biedenbender’s new arrangement of Mendelssohn’s “Lift Thine Eyes”). Audience members should expect an emotional, experiential journey as the Charlotte Master Chorale literally takes participants from night to light, from darkness to dawn.


Lux Aurumque
Eric Whitacre

Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger (I Wonder As I Wander)
Christopher Aspaas

Can We Sing the Darkness to Light?
Kyle Pederson

Moonlight Sound Design
Raimonds Tiguls

Light Dawns on a Weary World
Mack Wilberg

Do You Hear What I Hear?
Noel Regney & Gloria Shayne, arr. Harry Simeone

Angels from the Realms of Glory
Henry T. Smart, arr. Dan Forrest

The Snow
Edward Elgar 
Sopranos and Altos with Violins

Star of Wonder
Terre Roche

The Light of Unity
Tom Trenney
Chamber Singers

Come Sunday
Duke Ellington, arr. Alice Parker
Chamber Singers

Lift Thine Eyes
Felix Mendelssohn, arr. Philip Biedenbender

Auld Lang Syne
Erick Lichte

Christus Natus Est
Rosephanye Powell

His Light in Us
Kim André Arnesen

Piae Cantiones, 1582, arr. Michael Engelhardt