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An American Festival of Lessons & Carols
(Audio CD)
John Ayer directs the Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir

In this unique approach to the service of Lessons & Carols, John Ayer directs the Memphis Chamber Choir and Memphis Boychoir in a variety of contemporary carols by American composers, plus readings from the secular culture by noted writers of American literature, poetry and prose from the 18th through 20th century.

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Format: Digital Audio CD
Label:  PRO ORGANO
Catalog Number:  CD 7039
Length: 59′ 23”
Tracks:  26
Organ: Reuter
Venue: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Memphis, Tennessee USA
Recorded: 08/15/1993
Released: 12/01/1996
Producer: Frederick Hohman
Notes Author: John Ayer
Notes Language: English
Graphics Format: 16pp book, traycard, jewel box
UPC #: 636077703928

Organists Review I would like every parson and every organist who has to mount similar events anywhere in the world to hear this disc. Here is excellence in every department. … It is worth going to the trouble to obtain this record. Such freshness is rare. – Gordon Reynolds

The American Organist This CD plays over an hour, is beautifully engineered by Frederick Hohman, and displays all the expected tonal and stylistic elegance of John Ayer’s energetic, inspired musical design and direction.

01 • My Dancing Day • Gerald Near • 1’37”
02 • Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening • Robert Frost • 53″
03 • The Kings and the Shepherds • Daniel Pinkham • 2’35”
04 • A Pavane for the Nursery • William Jay Smith • 1’7″
05 • Love Came Down at Christmas • Leo Sowerby • 3’7″
06 • Heaven Is What I Cannot Reach • Emily Dickinson • 34″
07 • Adam Lay in Bondage • Conrad Susa • 1’32”
08 • O Magnum Mysterium • Ned Rorem • 2’3″
09 • Villonaud For This Yule • Ezra Pound • 31″
10 • Good King Wenceslas • Leo Sowerby • 2’41”
11 • Bring Me The Sunset In A Cup • Emily Dickinson • 1’10”
12 • Evergreen • Daniel Pinkham • 3’22”
13 • Nativity Carol • Charles Callahan • 2’9″
14 • Prelude on In the Bleak Midwinter • Allen Gibbs • 3’41”
15 • The Seed of David • Lloyd Pfautsch • 2’22”
16 • from A Christmas Carmen • John Greenleaf Whittier • 35″
17 • Arise, Shine • Richard Dirksen • 5’59”
18 • Envoi (1919) • Ezra Pound • 23″
19 • There Is No Rose • Gerald Near • 3’2″
20 • A Stable Lamp Is Lighted • David Hurd • 3’12”
21 • from Holidays • Ralph Waldo Emerson • 24″
22 • Gaudete • James Peebles • 7’58”
23 • Fantasy on Antioch • Emma Lou Diemer • 2’29”
24 • I Sing the Birth • Richard Dirksen • 2’58”
25 • from The Bells • Edgar Allan Poe • 40″
26 • We Wish You a Merry Christmas • John Gardner • 2’6″

Memphis Boychoir and Memphis Chamber Choir
Founded in 1988, the MEMPHIS BOYCHOIR is a non-denominational, non-sectarian ­ensemble, whose purpose is to develop a variety of musical and leadership skills among boys in the greater Memphis community, and to provide a performing outlet for talented young singers. Learn more…