This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Shrine’s famous display of 12,000 roses on Mother’s Day. This year the amount is “plussed” with the added plus of a concert by the Basilica Choir and Orchestra! Enjoy an afternoon in celebration of our moms, as well as the Mary, Mother of God. Hear a series of different settings of the beloved “Ave Maria” text as well as John Rutter’s magnificent setting of Mary’s own song, “Magnificat”.
The concert will include Glenn Osborne’s arrangement of Giulio Caccini’s Ave Maria for SATB choir, strings and solo instrument
The first performance of my composition Watch! Take Care! Your Hearts Prepare! will take place during Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. The Basilica Choir under the direction of William Picher will sing the piece at both the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses. The piece is a setting of a text by John Dalles for unaccompanied SATB choir.
The annual celebration of Advent and Christmas music, featuring seasonal favorites for choir and orchestra as well as John Rutter’s thrilling “Gloria”. And don’t forget the sing-along! This is the Basilica’s most popular concert, so come early for the best seats. Preceeding the concert at 5:30pm will be an open house at the Basilica Gift Shop and Museum with light refreshments.
The beloved third bishop of Orlando passed into eternal life in February 2013, and we fondly remember his gentle pastoral leadership. Bishop Dorsey, an accomplished musician, supporter of the Basilica Choir, and lover of Mozart, will be honored at this performance of Mozart’s immortal Requiem by the Basilica Choir and Orchestra, under the direction of William Picher.
Last night, we finally put up and decorated our Christmas tree. As my schedule keeps me out of the house for concerts and rehearsals quite often before Christmas, and then we have typically been traveling to visit family immediately afterwards, decorating a tree has not been a common occurrence since I left the parental household. In fact, last night, we almost didn’t get a tree either as the lots where we have bought trees before have been replaced by a Dunkin Donuts and a WaWa! It also appears that in this more temperate southern climate, people put up their trees earlier, so the selection was slim. But now that most of the concerts are over, and because I’ll be here for Christmas, I look forward to enjoying our tree.
Concerts Galore, Part 2
The last two weekends have been absolutely packed with wonderful events: the Christmas concert at the Basilica, Advent Lessons and Carols at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Messiah at North Orlando SDA Church, and a Carol Sing at Holy Redeemer. The most challenging part, however, was going from the Orlando half-marathon straight on to rehearsal for Lessons and Carols. Luckily, I was in much better shape at the end of this race than Nashville. Even so, I think I know why Ben Lane and the choir stayed at the other end of the building that morning:
The Angels Sing
The Basilica Choir is one of my favorite groups here in Orlando. In addition to playing and conducting for them, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to compose for them as well. Included on their latest CD, Christmas with the Basilica Choir, is my setting of the text by John Dalles, “God, We Would Hear the Angels Sing.” And if you’ve heard the Basilica Choir sing, I hope you’ll agree with me that they indeed sound like angels. If you haven’t heard them, then you’re in for a treat below. I was able to record the performance of my carol at the concert and put it up on YouTube for your listening pleasure. May the angels bring you lots of Christmas cheer!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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Recorded live at the 2013 Basilica Christmas Concert, William Picher conductor.
The score is available here, and the CD can be purchased here.
The Basilica’s annual celebration of Advent and Christmas music, featuring favorites for choir and orchestra. And don’t forget the sing-along! This is our most popular concert, so come early for the best seats. Preceeding the concert at 5:30pm will be an open house at the Basilica Gift Shop and Museum with light refreshments.
Featured on the program will be selections from the new Basilica Choir Christmas CD, including “God, We Would Hear the Angels Sing” by Wm. Glenn Osborne. Video of the performance may be seen here.
Sovereign Brass Union with Wm. Glenn Osborne, organ
Thrilling music for 10 piece brass and percussion ensemble in the resonant acoustics of the Basilica space! Sovereign Brass Union is an extension of the popular Sovereign Brass, Central Florida’s premiere brass ensemble. Music from Renaissance to contemporary in a thrilling afternoon of exhilarating music! Included will be the world premier of “Rondo Fanfare” by Wm. Glenn Osborne.
All are welcome, no tickets required.
A free will offering will be taken for Catholic Charities in service to the poor.
Composed in October 2013 for the Sovereign Brass Union, this 3-minute fanfare is for 10-piece brass ensemble and organ it was premiered in concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe on November 3 at the Power and Glory of Brass Concert. The audio below was generated with the Finale music notation program.
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