The holiday season is right around the corner! To help get you in the spirit, Sons of Norway has partnered with the renowned choral ensemble VocalEssence on the production of a new Christmas album, Nordic Nativity.
The album, which is available for download from iTunes and Amazon contains 18 tracks of beautifully traditional holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Bringing together a mixture of newly recorded material and live recordings from previous VocalEssence holiday concerts, Nordic Nativity is sure to bring holiday cheer into your home and be a cherished part of your yearly celebration.
This is a follow-up to four previous VocalEssence holiday recordings, which was captured at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, MN. It celebrates the Nordic composers’ ability to craft an addicting melody that stays with you and includes traditional Nordic fiddle music performed by Sara Pajunen for an added authentic touch.
“Choral music is a beloved part of holiday carols—and VocalEssence is so pleased to be releasing this new album as a soundtrack for everyone’s holiday celebrations,” says Philip Brunelle, artistic director, VocalEssence, who conducted the recorded performances. “Everything Nordic is hot right now, right? ‘Nordic Nativity’ is a great way to bring beautiful Christmas music from those countries—eighteen traditional and modern favorites—to the forefront as well.”
Also, Sons of Norway members are eligible for an exclusive discount on tickets to VocalEssence performances this holiday season! To take advantage of this wonderful member benefit, visit the VocalEssence page in our members’ section for discounted tickets.
VocalEssence, called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts—and the choral ensemble that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says “sings magnificently”—impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its initiative programs, contests, and support for innovative art. VocalEssence was founded in 1969 and has debuted more than 240 commissions and world premieres. For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org.