Peace on Earth

A holiday concert to celebrate peace and renewal and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War

Sunday, December 9th, 2018
St. Basil's Church, 940 Rex Ave. Ottawa
(off Maitland, north of Queensway)
Tickets available from members or at the door: $15 for adults | Children 12 and under free

The program begins with songs of WW I. The first medley reflects the enthusiasm that some felt at the beginning of the war. This is immediately followed by the bitter sweet carol from the American Civil War "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" which expresses the sadness of the lack of peace in wartime. Gounod's "Da Pacem Domine" is a call for peace and "Silent Night" recalls the Christmas Truce. The first half ends with John Rutter's reflective Psalm 23 and Christine Donkin's "In Flanders Fields".

The second half of the program begins with another call for peace with Mendelssohnn's "Grant Us Thy Peace" sung in German followed by two homecoming pieces "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and the "Irish Blessing". The program ends with three selections referring to water - both the literal and spiritual cleanser. 


Songs from the 1st World War, Medley             Arr. A. Humphreys

I heard the bells on Christmas Day                    Traditional

Da Pacem Domine                                                C. Gounod

Silent Night                                                            Traditional

Psalm 23 Rutter Requiem                                     John Rutter  

In Flanders Fields                                                 C. Donkin (Canadian)

Verleih uns Frieden (Grant us thy peace)           F. Mendelssohnn

It came upon the midnight clear                          Traditional

I'll be home for Christmas                                    Arr. P. Langford

Irish Blessing                                                         P. Wilsher (Canadian) 

The river (medley of three spirituals)                    Arr. S. Albrecht

Kawouno Wan Gi Pi                                               Arr. Brian Tate (Canadian)

I Dreamed of Rain                                                  J. Garrett | arr. L. Nickel (Canadian)

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