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"A Creole Christmas", St. Louis Cathedral, December 4, 2012

OperaCreole participated in "Christmas New Orleans Style" sponsored by French Quarter Festival, Inc. Our program focused on history and traditions of Creoles  during the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

 
Program:

Te Deum, from Tosca........................................OperaCreole, Dr. Wilfred Delphin, piano, Dr. Marcus St. Julien, orga, Christopher Bergeron conducting


Advent

O Divine Redeemer. Gounod.............................Givonna Joseph, Ivan Griffin
Lo How a Rose, arr Praetorious.........................OperaCreole- acapella

Hymn to Venerable Henriette Delille, by Dr. Marcus St. Julien......OperaCreole, Dr. St, Julien, organ


Christmas

I Wonder As I Wander (Appalachian)..................Ivan Griffin
Let The Bright Seraphim, Handel.......,...............Crystal Morris, Dr. St. Julien, organ, Chris Cotton, trumpet

The Rosary at home:

Lord's Prayer- Malotte, (trans. into Creole).........Tyrone Chambers
Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod....................................Valerie Jones Francis
Ave Maria from Costaso, William Grant Still........Tyrone Chamber, Brandon Richardson
Ave Maria, Schubert ( trans. into Creole).............Givonna Joseph, Aria Mason
Gloria chant.........................................................Aria Mason


Music in the salon at home:

Noel Ayisyen, by Emile Desmour.......................OperaCreole
In Silent Night by Mitchell Southall....................Ebonee Davis, Crystal Morris, Aria Mason, Tyrone Chambers, Ivan Griffin


Early Creoles' investment in Music Education:

The Patriotic Project Youth Choir, Valerie Jones Francis, Director
Joy To The World, Handel


Audience participation:

Hallelujah, from Messiah, Handel.......................All 

 Creole Festival at The Old U.S. Mint, October 27 2012

This program focuses on the musical heritage of Creoles, their contribution to opera, and the culture of Louisiana.

Opening:                                                                                              Chere, mo lemmé toi,                                                                                                      arr: Camiile Nickerson......................................OperaCreole

1803 Emigration from Saint Domingue (Haiti):
  • Naissantes Fleurs,                                                                                             From "Cephale et Procris"...Gretry...........Givonna Joseph                

Creole Folk Songs, arranged by Camille Nickerson
  • Danse, Conni, Conne.......................................Crystal Morris
  • Lizette, To Quitte la Plaine...........................Ebonee Davis
  • Tan Patate-La Tchuite....................................Aria Mason

All things French....Our culture:
  • Voulez vous la connaître, Dejan.................Givonna  Joseph
  • Vous qui  fâites endormie,.                                                                                  from "Faust".........................................................Ivan Griffin        
  • Creole Girl....H.Leslie Adams.........................Givonna  Joseph         

For Lenora Lafayette and Anabelle Bernard:
  • "La Boheme" First act duet..........................Ebonee Davis, Eldric Bashful                 
    Creoles of German heritage:
  • O du mein holder Abendstern                                                                                  from "Tannhauser "..................................Brandon Richardson    
A Creole in London?..... Samuel Coleridge-Taylor:
  • King Olaf's aria , from "Thelma"...............Ivan Griffin, and OperaCreole                              

An Evening with OperaCréole: May 21, 2011

This program will include:

The New Orleans premiere of scenes from "La Flamenca", by Lucien Lambert, son of Charles Lucien Lambert, a New Orleans born free Creole composer of color.

Arias and duets from operas by William Grant Still, and Les Chevalier de Saint-Georges

Songs by Creole composers Snaer and Dédé

Arias from Zarzuela (Spanish operetta)

Several arias and scenes from Puccini, Gershwin, Verdi, Bizet, Bellini,  Rossini, and Thomas

An organ tribute to the 19th Century Creole of color who were organists at St. Mary's  

 Hope to see you there!

music: a excpert from "La Flamenca", OperaCreole

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