Looking for the perfect Hanukkah piece for your December choral concert? Take a look at one of these selections:
Jason Robert Brown is best known for his award-winning musical theatre writing (Parade, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World), and his Chanukah Suite is arranged with his usual flair. Set in three movements: S’vivon al Hanisism, Mi Yemalel, and Ma’oz Tsur.
Concert pianist and composer Jeffrey Biegel has penned Hanukah Fantasy, an incredibly sophisticated choral tour-de-force. This work features a full panorama of choral textures over a fresh harmonic palette. A great feature for an accomplished accompanist.
Perfect for middle school choirs, Kindle the Candles Tonight is a memorable Hanukkah original that employs a fluid piano accompaniment, picturesque imagery, melodic vocals and effective dynamic contrasts. A great opportunity for students to learn about the history of this holiday and its meaning for the families who celebrate it.
For a lighter (and maybe a little silly) approach to the festival of lights, check out How Do You Spell Chanukah? (complete with placards displaying all the spelling variations!) or Chanukah in Santa Monica.