Peace Tower Carillon: Preview of December noon-hour concerts

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25 Days of Ottawa Christmas Lights #9: The Parliament of Canada

The Parliament of Canada by Christophe Ledent

 

Just about every weekday at noon there’s a 15-minute concert played by the Peace Tower Carillon, the massive collection of bells that ring out from inside the tower on Parliament Hill.  Here are some program highlights:

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Ding, Dong, Merrily on High, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Jingle Bells, arranged by William De Turk
  • Silver Bells, by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Jingle Bell Rock, by Joe Beal and Jim Booth, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Duo: Shtedrik (Carol of the Bells/Noël des cloches), by Mykola Leontovich, Andrea McCrady, primo, Robert Labonté, secondo

Wednesday, December 3, 2014; from 6:30 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.

Christmas Lighting Ceremony Carillon Prelude

  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, by John Baptiste Calkin, arranged by Beverly Buchanan
  • Rotónni Niío Roiénha (He is born the beautiful One), traditional Mohawk carol, arranged for choir by Matthew Larkin, for carillon by Andrea McCrady
  • Vieux Noël canadien, traditional Quebec carol, from Chansons canadiennes (1907), arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • La légende de Saint-Nicolas, French carol compiled by Gérard de Nerval (1842), arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Cantique de Noël, by Adolphe Adam, arranged by Albert Gerken

In commemoration of the centenary of the Christmas Truce, December 1914:

  • Stille Nacht/Silent Night/Sainte Nuit, by Franz Gruber, arranged by Albert Gerken
  • Hymne des fraternisés (I’m Dreaming of Home), from the film Joyeux Noël, by Philippe Rombi, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • The Pipes of Peace, by Paul McCartney, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • O Tannenbaum/O Christmas Tree/Mon beau sapin, traditional German carol, arranged by Ronald Barnes
  • Deck the Hall/Votre bonté grand Dieu, combined traditional Welsh and French carols, arranged by Mathieu Polak
  • Au pôle Nord Ragtime Two-step (1911), by Jean-Baptiste LaFrenière, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Jingle Bells/Vive le vent (1857), by James. L. Pierpont, arranged by William De Turk

 

Monday, December 8, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Love Came Down at Christmas, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Gaelic Lullaby, arranged by John Knox
  • Christmas in Killarney, by John Redmond, James Cavanaugh, and Frank Weldon, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Paraphrase on an Irish Carol, by Ronald Barnes

Friday, December 12, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Guest performer: Jonathon Bell Hebert, Information Officer, Library of Parliament

  • O Canada
  • Noël nouvelet, arranged by Todd Fair
  • The Silver Stars Are in the Sky, by William Garnet James and John Harry Rupert Wheeler, arranged by Ronald Barnes
  • The Huron Carol, arranged by Milford Myhre
  • Cantique de Noël, by Adolphe Adam, arranged by Albert Gerken
  • Now the Bells Ring, by Rita MacNeil, arranged by Jonathon Bell Hebert

 

Monday, December 15, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, arranged by Ronald Barnes, played by Julie Tomicic
  • Joy to the World, by George Friderick Handel, arranged by Wendell Westcott, played by Julie Tomicic
  • Tomorrow Will Be My Dancing Day, arranged by John Knox
  • The Holly and the Ivy, arranged by Milford Myhre
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by Geert D’hollander

Thursday, December 18, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Hannukah Medley, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Chanuka and S’Vivon, arranged by Richard Giszczak
  • Chanoekia and Hanerot Halalu, arranged by Mathieu Polak
  • Klezmer Music, arranged by Moshe Lewkowitz

Friday, December 19, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • The Mummers’ Song/The Wren (NL), arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • River, by Joni Mitchell, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Variations on “Greensleeves”, arranged by Émilien Allard
  • Mourning Dove, by Pierre Massie, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • The First Noel, played by Robert Labonté
  • Silent Night, by Franz Gruber, played by Robert Labonté

 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Adeste Fideles, arranged by Eugeen Uten, played by Jennifer Moore
  • Still, Still, Still, arranged by John Knox, played by Jennifer Moore
  • Variations on “The First Noel”, arranged by Émilien Allard
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem, arranged by David Hufford
  • Venite Adoremus, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Away in a Manger, arranged by Milford Myhre

Wednesday, December 24, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Sleigh Ride, by Leroy Anderson, arranged by Richard von Grabow
  • Petit Papa Noël, by Raymond Vincy and Henri Martinet, arranged by Audrey Dye
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Santa Comes in a Big Red Sleigh, by Gary O’Driscoll, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, by Johnny Marks, arranged by Janet Dundore
  • Brazilian Sleighbells, by Percy Faith, arranged by John Ellis

 

Monday, December 29, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Winter Wonderland, by Felix Bernard, arranged by Sally Slade Warner
  • Wintersong, by Sarah McLachlan, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Snow in the Street, by Ralph Vaughn Williams, arranged by Milford Myhre
  • Snow is Dancing, by Eric West, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Frosty the Snowman, by Steve Nelson and Walter Rollins, arranged by Janet Dundore
  • Leise rieselt der Schnee, arranged by Carlo van Ulft

Tuesday, December 30, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • In Dulci Jubilo, arranged by Leen ’t Hart
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, arranged by Ronald Barnes
  • Masters of this Hall, arranged by Milford Myhre
  • Wassail Song, arranged for choir by Pierre Massie, for carillon by Andrea McCrady
  • Gloucester Wassail, arranged by John Knox
  • Yorkshire Wassail, arranged by William De Turk

Wednesday, December 31, 2014; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • O Canada
  • Visite du Jour de l’An, arranged by Gordon Slater
  • Clocks, by Coldplay, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Selections from Sonata for a Musical Clock, by George Friderick Handel, arranged by Percival Price
  • Le tic-toc-choc, by François Couperin, arranged by Christine Laugié
  • Bécsi harangjáték (Viennese musical clock), by Zoltán Kodály, arranged by René Vanstreels
  • Rock Around the Clock, by Max Freedman and Jimmy DeKnight, arranged by Andrea McCrady
  • Auld Lang Syne, arranged by John Knox

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