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Classical 101

Advent Lessons and Carols

FOUR AUDIO PIECES The annual service of Lessons and Carols from St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, is one of my favorite concert events. I look forward to it each year. For the past two years we (Kevin Petrilla, Eric French and myself) have been able to broadcast the service live, and there we were, way in the back of the main altar on Sunday December 6. The Cathedral was packed. The wonderful Cathedral Choir, led by Paul Thornock, was in great form. The music was beautiful and the readings were moving. I'm so glad we were able to offer this to the community. If you missed it, here are a few selections from St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, December 6, 2009: Adeste Fidelis [audio:adeste-fidelis.mp3] This is the motet Laetentur caeli by William Byrd (1543-1623) Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad. [audio:byrd.mp3] Here's a modern setting of O Come, O Come Emmanuel by John Ferguson (b.1943) [audio:emmanuel.mp3] Joy to the World, the recessional with the choir, congregation and brass ensemble: [audio:joy1.mp3] The Choir of St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus Paul Thornock, Music Director Recorded and prepared for broadcast by Kevin Petrilla and Eric French  

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.