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In Heavenly Peace - Barbara W. Lepke-Sims

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Dauri Podenski Shippey, Soprano/Conductor
Barbara W. Lepke-Sims,
Passagio Chorale of XL Choir
Joni Cheah, Catelynn Clarkson, Tricia Clarkson, Jessica Eden, Bethany Huereca, Daniel Huffman, Ashley Look, 
Karen Majchrowicz, Alishan Merjanian, Oshagan Merjanian, Bailey Morton, Joshua Patriarco, Jocelyn Palaez,
 Danielle Robertson, Elizabeth Robidart, Lisa Rose, Emily Sanda, Tani Sanda, Dorothy Schwartz, Rachel Schwartz,
 Tiffany Schwartz, E. Alexander Shippey, Adam Shippey, Matthew Shippey, Karissa Stafford, Bethany Taylor, 
Lindsay Thompson, Allison Towers, Elise Wampler, Alexandrea Yaccarine

with Cheryl Larson,

Premier Recording of The Lamb — A Christmas Suite by John Kuzma

During her tenure as Chair of the American Harp Society Board, Barbara Lepke-Sims became increasingly aware of the need to encourage composers to write refreshing new repertoire for the harp. The goal of her collaboration with John Kuzma was to create a major work for harp and treble voice(s) that would be accessible to audiences and musicians alike. The structure of The Lamb is, of course, reminiscent of Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, which pairs middle English Yuletide texts with Britten's 20th century music. "If you are British, A Ceremony of Carols is very accessible because those old texts are part of the culture," said Kuzma. "I wanted to create a similar piece in the American vernacular, using Christmas poems, like William Blake's The Lamb, which I had known as a child." The musical inspiration for The Lamb also springs from Kuzma's childhood. The classic French Noels upon which the work draws its major themes were the basis of some of the great Masses that Kuzma learned in his youth as a choirboy. "It is my hope that through this work many hearts will be touched and God will be glorified." — B. Lepke-Sims

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1. Silent Night
Gruber/arr. Kuzma
2. The First Noel/Pachelbel Canon
Pachelbel/arr. Clawson
3. Le Sommeil de L'Enfant Jésus
H. Büsser
4. Do You Hear What I Hear?
Regny/Shane/arr. Kuzma
5. What Child is This
Traditional/arr. Kuzma
6. Lo, How a Rose
Traditional German/arr. Kuzma
7. Mary's Boy Child
J. Hairston/arr. Kuzma

The Lamb - A Christmas Suite
John Kuzma
   8. Prelude
   9. Run Shepherds
  10. Christmas Greeting and Child's Prayer
  11. The Lamb
  12. Interlude
  13. Tree Song
  14. Interlude and Recitative
  15. Chanticleer

16. Gesu Bambino
P. Yon/arr. Kuzma
17. Il est né le divin Enfant
Traditional French/arr. Snyder/Kuzma
18. Mariä Wiegenlied
M. Reger
19. O Holy Night
A. Adam/arr. Kuzma