Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carols and Concerts of the Season

by Maggie Sefton

I looked for photos of carolers and didn't see anything I liked, so I've included the cover photos of FLEECE NAVIDAD because it's a Christmas theme and our Cozy Chicks Kitchen Cookbook because it's chock full of yummy recipes for the holidays.  :)  

Last Saturday evening I got to attend one of my favorite early holiday events---the University Holiday Concert with all the Colorado State University choral groups plus the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, & Jazz Band.  What a treat to sit back and enjoy all the familiar Christmas carols plus other holiday music we've grown fond of hearing over the years.

Music is so important to me.  I started singing with church choirs when I was only eight years old.  I loved it!  And I continued to sing not only in church choirs but also in school choral groups, starting in junior high and continuing all the way into college & university choral groups.  I took a short break early in marriage when I started having children, but I soon returned to my lifelong love of  singing by auditioning and singing with choral groups in Northern Virginia, Indiana, and Colorado.  I even studied Voice in university and as an adult and performed solo and in duets and small groups over the years.

During all those years, my favorite concerts were in December which included Christmas music---everything from the familiar carols to classical compositions.   And for every holiday season, I always pull out our family's favorite CDs and listen to them while I'm stirring the fudge pot or making gingersnaps or other holiday goodies.

Update:  I'm almost finished with fudge-making---yes, I've steadily been making batches (2 pans/batch) of fudge for over a week now---but I've only got one more batch to go.  I've mailed all eight pans to my daughter Maria in Afghanistan to share with the troops.  

11 comments:

FirstOfMay said...

I love listening to Christmas music. I usually start in September. :) I wish people would go caroling around here. That's the one thing I miss.

Lover of Books said...

I also love Christmas Concerts but lately haven't been to many at all. My church hosts a Christmas Tea for the women and I attend every year. It is my kickoff to the Christmas season. Working retail, I like the stuff I have at home. Though my favorite singing memory is singing The Halleluiah Chorus in College. Okay not all of it, but it was still stuck in my head.

My new favorite is called Santa Got a Semi by Keith Harling. It is a country song from the 1960's. It is so much fun and upbeat my kids sing along to it in the car.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn787OHcMmw

Aurian said...

I do enjoy listening to Christmas songs as well. But wow, you have two great talents: to sing, and to write! Would you have been able to become a "popstar" if you had like that genre instead of church singing?

Heather said...

I played violin in high school, and the winter concert was always my favorite, especially years when we performed "The Nutcracker Suite" or Mozart's "Sleigh Ride."

I love Christmas music, and seem to add at least one new CD to my collection every year. I haven't been to many live holiday concerts, but those in college were always favorites, and one of the best ever was seeing one of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas shows.



ladyvyvian said...

Your daughter is going to be very popular with her fellows. I also love Christmas music and used to sing in the choir at church. I am now going to a small church which does not have a separate choir but I usually lead the singing.

Maggie Sefton said...

FirstofMay----Where do you live? Most smaller or medium sized cities will have municipal events where they have some holiday music outside.

Maggie Sefton said...

Lover of Books----Oh, that. Horus is still my favorite to sing for Christmas. It's so satisfying and dramatic.

Maggie Sefton said...

Aurian---You're being really charitable. :). I had a lyric soprano voice for most of my life but also has a Mezzo Soprano register as well which was great fun to use for certain classical or operatic pieces. But no, I never had
a "Pop music" singing voice.

Maggie Sefton said...

Heather---In those early years when our first two daughters were still under six, we were always immersed in my sister-in-law's ballet recitals of the Nutcracker. She was a great ballet teacher and had fantastic recitals. She had scores of extra parts for little kids who were her students. Christine & Melissa were buzzy bees and butterflies. :). Memories.

Maggie Sefton said...

Ladyvyvian---Good for you for leading the church in song. :). Most people will try to sing if others are doing it.

FirstOfMay said...

Maggie, I live in Berwick, PA. No municipal events that I know of. We do have--or at least we did--a choral concert each year at the high school that I forgot about. We went once. It was nice, but not the same as going caroling door to door. However, we are known for our Christmas Blvd. People come from all over to see it.