2008 Press Archives
True Christmas spirit is rekindled in Princeton choir album
Date published: 12/11/2008
BY WO CHAN
music has developed a bad reputation. Through years of commercial use,
tunes of the season have become the voice of temptation, luring us to
buy more so that we all receive more. However, there is a purer side
that exists in the Christmas genre: choir music.
If manufactured carols embody the season of receiving, then Christmas
choirs sing only of giving; and no other melodies have given more this
year than those on the "A Princeton Christmas: For the Children of Africa,
Vol. 2" album.
The album is a collection of pieces performed by multiple student choral
groups from the Princeton University community. In the true spirit of
the holiday, any proceeds made from the album will help the World Food
Program feed sub-Saharan Africa.
The album begins with a light, gentle rendition of "Hodie Christus Natus
Est" sung by The American Boychoir. The performance differs from the
usual powerful, joyous tones associated with the piece in that the boy's
choir sings it with a lighter, melodious sound more befitting of their
The music and tone of the album matures, however, on pieces like "Venez
Mes Enfants" and "Ding Dong! Merrily on High!" Performed by the Westminster
Choir and Princeton High School Choir, respectively, both pieces feature
complex, powerful entrances made by different vocal parts throughout
As the upbeat, celebratory tones fade away toward the end of the album,
pieces begin to feature stronger emphasis on harmony and complexity.
The album ends with an amazing rendition of "Bululalow," once again
performed by the Westminster Choir. In seamlessly tuned harmony, the
piece mellows out in a short two minutes, leaving you wishing for more.
From the subdued lullabies of the children's choirs to the lush, gripping
harmonies of the trained chapel singers, "A Princeton Christmas" effectively
delivers the joy of giving in the Christmas spirit.
For more information, visit Friends of the World Food Program (http:/
www.friendsofwfp.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to building
support for the WFP (http://www.wfp.org).
Tom Meagher (A Princeton Christmas) / 908-907-3377
Maria Reppas / email@example.com
/ 202- 530-1694 x 111