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Holiday Carillon Recital

Saturday, December 14, 2019 3:00 pm

David Christensen, University Carillonneur

David Christensen, University Carillonneur
Ring in the season with traditional and popular holiday music played on UCR's magnificent 48-bell carillon. Arrangements of traditional carols and holiday music from England, Germany, France, Spain, and the United States will be on the program that will last about one hour.

Christmas Concerto,
Opus 3, No. 12
Francesco Manfredini (1688-1762)
Arr. David Christensen

O Thou Joyful Day
Sicilian Melody
Arr. Richard von Grabow

Prelude in C Major from
The Well-Tempered Clavier
Andrew Lloyd Webber (b. 1948)

Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
Arr. David Christensen

English Carols
Once in Royal David's City
Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)
Arr. Milford Myhre
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Arr. Ronald Barnes
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Wade's Cantus Diversi, 1751
Arr. Ronald Barnes
Coventry Carol
Arr. Ronald Barnes
The Holly and the Ivy
Arr. Milford Myhre
Arr. Leen 't Hart

French Carols
Arr. David Christensen
Noel Allemande
Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Angels We Have Heard on High
What is This Lovely Fragrance?
Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Hanukkah, O Hanukkah
Jewish Melody
Arr. David Christensen

German Carols
Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
Speier Gesanbuch
Arr. Albert Gerken
In Dulci Jubilo
Arr. Ronald Barnes
Away in a Manger
Arr. Raymond Keldermans

A La Nanita Nana
Spanish Carol
Arr. Raymond Keldermans

Popular Holiday Songs
Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks (1909-1985)
White Christmas
Irving Berlin (1888-1989)
Frosty the Snowman
Walter Rollins (1906-1973) and Steve Nelson (1907-1981)

Unless otherwise indicated, arrangements are by the performer.

David Christensen has been University Carillonneur at UC Riverside for 32 years and plays regular weekly concerts throughout the school year. He has performed at many carillons throughout the United States and Canada, including the University of Michigan, University of Toronto, UC Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, Longwood Gardens, and Princeton University. Mr. Christensen also gives instruction in carillon and organ to UCR students. Several compositions for organ are published by the Kenwood Press and arrangements for carillon are published by the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.

About the carillon
Housed in the bell tower, the carillon is a musical instrument comprised of 48 magnificent cast-bronze, cup-shaped bells. The bells are arranged chromatically and precisely tuned so that several can be sounded harmoniously together. The bells are sounded by striking a series of wooden levers with the side of the hand or fingers and with the feet.