Suitable for Christmas concerts or Gospel concerts. Duration 9 1/2 minutes. See Orchestration. See Performances. See printable Documents.
About A Gospel Christmas
A Gospel Christmas was commissioned by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra with Ann Harrigan, Music Director. It is written for full orchestra, but can be played by chamber orchestra. There are also versions for orchestra and vocal soloist and for orchestra and choir (with soloist if desired).
The work is an arrangement of four gospel songs: "Go Tell It on the Mountain", "Steal Away to Jesus", "Glory to that New Born King", and "Rise Up Shepherd and Follow". Parts of the piece really "rock" and you will find audiences wanting to clap along. Even though A Gospel Christmas was specifically written with Christmas celebration in mind, it has been successfully performed on Gospel concerts as well.
Even the large orchestral version has several optional parts and can be played with a minimum of strings plus 2 flutes (with 1 piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2 percussion, and harp.