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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus at Macys in Philadelphia

What a great way to start my day! Thank you, Momcat, for this wonderful new cultural random happening, this time at a large Macy’s in Philadelphia. Of course, this music is one I put on if I am feeling down; it lifts me right back up. 🙂

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November 9, 2010 - Posted by | Community, Cultural, Entertainment, Events, Friends & Friendship, Fund Raising, Living Conditions, Music, Shopping, Spiritual

9 Comments »

  1. Oh that was amazing! 🙂 I loved it

    I love Christmas music! It’s on in my car and at home since last week lol I started early this year 😛

    Comment by Yousef | November 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. Why can’t that happen at Post Oak Mall in College Station? Let me count the ways……… 🙂

    Comment by Grammy | November 9, 2010 | Reply

  3. LLOOLL, Yousef, I discipline myself not to listen to Christmas music before October 15th! After that, It’s all Christmas until Epiphany (6 January) 🙂

    What are your favorites? Do you have a favorite style? I love some of the very old music – which came back to Europe from the Holy Lands in the crusades, along with such niceties as bathing, and arches and domed architecture. 🙂

    Grammy, Yes! I feel the same way! When will this happen in Pensacola??

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 9, 2010 | Reply

    • Well my favorites are by nat cole king and Mariah carey. I love the jazzy eerie feel I get from king’s songs and I love the vocals and reverence on Mariah’s. Those two’s songs transcend religion and language barriers

      I don’t like current sounding songs.. Christmas songs shouldn’t sound current and fady!

      How about recommending some of your favorites? By name and not style so I can look them up 🙂

      Comment by Yousef | November 11, 2010 | Reply

      • Nat king cole*

        Comment by Yousef | November 11, 2010

  4. One of my all time favorites is something I found – not expensive – years ago, Welcome Christmas! by Philip Brunelle. You can still find it used, on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Christmas-Ensemble-Singers/dp/B000003FSX/ref=sr_1_29?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1289482210&sr=1-29

    I love the arrangements of John Rutter, light, ethereal, the voices weaving lightly back and forth:

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Star-Carols-Season/dp/B0000031ID/ref=sr_1_24?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1289482331&sr=1-24

    http://www.amazon.com/John-Rutter-Christmas-Album/dp/B00006JJ4T/ref=sr_1_25?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1289482430&sr=1-25

    http://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Night-Nativity-Boris-Ord/dp/B0000031H5/ref=sr_1_31?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1289482471&sr=1-31

    And just about anything by the King’s College Cambrige:

    http://www.amazon.com/s?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=music&field-artist=King%27s%20College%20Choir

    I also like instrumentals by Mannheim Steamroller and by Wyndham Hill, for times when I want music but don’t want to be distracted by the words. 🙂

    If you like the great chorus from above, you might want to listen to the entire Messiah, by Handel – is is operatic, and lyrical, and you will find yourself humming pieces from it all day long. It uses the words from the prophet Isaiah. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  5. Spoooooooky. I was listening to it on the radio (UK’s classic FM) a few minutes ago… Opened Google reader and there was your post right on top 🙂

    Beautiful.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  6. Would you believe our BSF teaching leader began her lecture yesterday referencing this event? I was thrilled to know what she was talking about.

    Comment by momcat | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  7. Bu Yousef – (sounds of twilight zone) There are no coincidences. 😉

    The notes, too, Momcat. 🙂 Actually, my very favorite parts of The Messiah are not the Halleluja chorus, but the “for unto us a child is given . . . and his name shall be called WONDERFUL! COUNSELOR!

    Comment by intlxpatr | November 11, 2010 | Reply


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