SATB/Piano with optional Full Orchestra
Celebrating the joyful news of Christ's birth, Mary McDonald's “Festival of Christmas” features the exciting and inspiring music of the season in a 40-minute work for worship or concert setting. Incorporating more than a dozen well-known Christmas carols and five original songs, the story unfolds through music and narrative. Two selections are for either a soprano or tenor soloist with choral background. The exhilarating accompaniment, brilliantly scored by the creative pen of Michael Lawrence, adds sparkle to the presentation. However, all the thrills and key moments lie within the piano score, making it a compelling option on its own. Composed for a world premiere on the main stage at Carnegie Hall in 2020, this musical is available in SATB and SAB editions. Particular attention was given to the vocal ranges in the SAB version, and the accompaniment CD offers a split-track accompaniment option for those desiring additional vocal support in rehearsal or performance.