Christmas 2008 Benefit Concerts

This December, a cappella vocal ensemble InVocation presents its third annual Christmas concert series, “Let Heaven and Nature Sing!”

The music will ring with the joy of all creation at the birth of Christ. Songs of stars, angels, animals, and people like us will tell the Christmas story as heard in Australia, China, France, Hungary, Africa, and the Huron Nation -- as well as through the music of local composers, including J. David Moore and Stephen Paulus.

Come and share the quiet glory and dazzling brilliance of the season, while helping to support the mission of our 2008-09 charity partner, Second Harvest Heartland.

All concerts are free and open to the public.
A free-will offering will be held at each concert, with proceeds benefiting
Second Harvest Heartland. For more information, visit our “Charity” page.

Concert Dates and Locations

Saturday, Dec 6 @ 7 pm
First Presbyterian Church
602 Vermillion St
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Sunday, Dec 7 @ 4 pm
Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church
5011 31st Ave S
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Friday, Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm
St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church
2200 Hillside Ave
St. Paul
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Saturday, Dec 13 @ 7 pm
St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church
100 Oxford St N
St. Paul
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Concert Program

Dark Is the Night
..... Text and Arrangement: Jodi Gustafson;
Tune: William Rowan
A Christmas Round
..... Denis Mason
’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
..... Huron traditional;
Arr. Eleanor Daley
All This Night
..... Text: William Austin;
Music: Gerald Finzi
O Magnum Mysterium
..... Text from the Divine Office;
Music: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Madonna and Child
from Four Christmas Vignettes
..... Text: Jeanne deLamarter Bonnette;
Music: Edwin Fissinger
A Spotless Rose
..... Text: 16th century, anonymous;
Music: Graeme Morton
Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head
..... Appalachian traditional;
Arr. Bradley Ellingboe
Where Riches Is Everlastingly
..... Text: 16th century, Balliol College, Oxford;
Music: Peter Warlock
Llega la Navidad
(Christmas Is Coming)
..... Text and Tune: Ramón Díaz;
Arr. Juan Tony Guzmán
Joy to the World
..... Text: Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98;
Tune: ANTIOCH by George F. Handel;
Arr. Stephen Paulus
Sheng-ye qing, sheng-ye jing
(Holy Night, Blessed Night)
..... Text: Weiyu Zhu and Jingen Wu, based on Luke 2;
Tune: Qigui Shi;
Arr. Pen-li Chen and Mark Weiler
Quem vidistis pastores dicite
from Quatre Motets pour le temps de noël
..... Francis Poulenc
Puer natus in Bethlehem
..... Gábor Lisznyai
Il est Né le Divin Enfant
..... French traditional;
Arr. J. David Moore
Amuworo ayi otu nwa
(For unto us a child is born)
..... Text: Isaiah 9;
Music: Christian Onyeji


Attendees of our previous concerts have had this to say:

  • “Your harmonies were right on.”

  • “What delightful and fresh music.”

  • “The readings were so thought-provoking and reflective.”

  • “What a great way to welcome in Advent!”

Past Concerts

To view information about our Spring 2008 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Christmas 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Advent 2006 concerts, click here.

Song Samples

Click any of the links below to hear brief samples of InVocation in performance.

Comfort, Comfort [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... arr. John Ferguson
Conditor alme siderum [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Tomás Luis de Victoria
What Sweeter Music [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Mark G. Sirett

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