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On Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm all are invited to a Festival of Lessons and Carols with The Merrimack Schola at Our Mother of Good Counsel Chapel, 2nd Floor, Austin Hall. Don’t miss this first at Merrimack, a truly beautiful event.
Lessons and Carols is a retelling of the Christmas Story – a liturgy of Scripture (Lessons) and Song (Carols). Short Bible readings retell the anticipation and birth of Jesus, combined with familiar Christmas carols for everyone to sing, and seasonal choral music sung by a choir. Based on an order drawn up by the Bishop of Truro in Cornwall, England in 880, Lessons and Carols service have become a tradition at many schools, colleges and churches inspired by the annual service at King’s College, Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England.
On Naxos Music Library you can hear the 9 Lessons & Carols sung by the Choir of King’s College or by other groups. Or listen to other Christmas music - popular, jazz and classical.
You can also listen on your mobile device using the NML app. First connect to NAXOS, click PlayLists, and then Signup on the Title List bar to create an account. Once Sign Up is complete you will be able to login via the NML app, free for both Apple and android devices.
The list below features new additions to the library’s collection.
All items are currently being displayed in the lobby and can be checked out.
Join the Writers House for a fireside celebration of the life and work of Seamus Heaney (1939–2013), winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature for his poetry and translations. Please bring your favorite Seamus Heaney poem or translation to share.
This Veterans Day weekend, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will be performing Benjamin Britten‘s War Requiem, first played in 1962 at the opening of Coventry Cathedral, rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II. In Sunday’s Boston Globe Jeremy Eichler suggests that ”works such as Schoenberg’s ‘A Survivor From Warsaw,’ Reich’s “Different Trains,” and Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ have played an under-appreciated role as vehicles of both individual and collective memory, as monuments oftentimes far more effective than the ones we might pass on the street every day.”
Britten’s piece “interweaves a setting of the Latin Mass for the dead with the poetry of Wilfred Owen, the brilliant young British poet who fought (and died) in the First World War.” You can hear it performed by the BSO and chorus live this weekend on WCRB Classical Radio, streaming or via the radio. You can also listen to it any time through McQuade’s NAXOS Music Library.
Steve Reich‘s “Different Trains” is a three-movement piece for string quartet and tape. The 1989 Grammy Award recording by the Kronos Quartet can also be heard via NAXOS along with Arnold Schoenberg‘s “A Survivor in Warsaw.”