Sacred Classics is always interesting and challenging from a programming point of view. There are some parts of the year that allow me to throw the net far and wide for music to play on the program, but other times (often just a weekend) the calendar dictates the music that I get to explore. This past weekend was just such a time – what with St. Cecilia’s Day, Benjamin Britten’s centenary, and the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. I’d be interested to know what you thought of the new work (Letters from Gettysburg) by Avner Dorman. If you missed it, you can find a video from Gettysburg College on YouTube. Just search ‘Letters from Gettysburg.’


 

164 BC: Judas Maccabaeus, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Temple in Jerusalem. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah

As we head into the holiday season, the calendar starts to take over the programming, and I’m excited to be offering some music that gets played only this time of year. Over the next few weeks we’ll have the Christmas Carol Countdown, the ‘Colorado Christmas’ edition of Sacred Classics - featuring a few of the premiere choral ensembles along the Front Range - and this coming weekend is the beginning of Hannukah as well as the first Sunday of Advent. For the Jewish holiday, I’ve decided to present Handel’s Judas Maccabeus in its entirety. And we’ll mark the first Sunday in Advent with several settings of the Magnificat as well as J.S. Bach’s wonderful Advent cantata, Now Come, Saviour of the Heathens, that he wrote for the first Sunday of Advent – a perfect example of the calendar doing my programming for me!