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Festive Farewell

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For Maestro Lantz’s final concert with Rochester Symphony, he presents us with his own holiday arrangements created over the years especially for Rochester Symphony. A lover of holiday music, he always ensured that the annual Holiday Extravaganza was something spectacular. Unable to find show-stopping arrangements that also included familiar melodies for audience participation, he created such arrangements himself. With the orchestra and chorale, we’ll present holiday classics, with all of Jere’s arrangements, for a festive farewell concert truly unique to Rochester Symphony.

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Music by William Mathias

Sir Christèmas


Words anonymous, c. 1500   

Music from Piae Cantiones (1582), arr. Arthur Harris

Good King Wenceslas


Words by John Mason Neale

17th-century Italian carol, arr. Charles Wood

Once, As I Remember


Words by G. R. Woodward

Gustav Holst

Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols


a carol medley Maestro Lantz first conducted in 1971

arr. Jere Lantz

A Jingle in Time


Arranged by Jere Lantz (with apologies to Mssrs. Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn & Stravinsky)

arr. Jere Lantz

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Music by Felix Mendelssohn, adapted by William Cummings, arr. Jere Lantz. Words by Charles Wesley and others.


Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies.

With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”


Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the Virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the God head see. Hail th’incarnate Deity.

Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”


Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the sun of righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings.

Mild He lays His blory by, Born that we no more may die,

Born to raise us from the earth, Born to give us second birth.

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

Music by John Goss, arr. David Willcocks

See Amid the Winter’s Snow


Words by Edward Caswell

Georges Bizet

March of the Three Kings (Farandole from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2)

Music by James R. Murray and William J. Kirkpatrick, arr. Shelley Hanson

Away in a Manger


Words anonymous

Music by Lowell Mason, based on Handel, arr. Jere Lantz

Joy to the World


Words by Isaac Watts


Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King.

Let ev’ry heart prepare him room, and heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.


Joy to the world! The savior reigns. Let men their songs employ,

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.


He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,

And wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

Words and Music by John Seagard

A Light Where Jesus Lay


Created for Rochester Symphony in 1989.

arr. David Willcocks

Sussex Carol


Traditional English Carol

Words and Music by John Rutter

Nativity Carol

arr. Jere Lantz

Deck the Hall


Text by Thomas Oliphant. Traditional Welsh Carol.


Deck the Hall

Deck the hall with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don  we now our gay apparel, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la.


See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike the harp and join the chorus, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la,

While I tell of Yuletide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la.


Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la.

arr. Jere Lantz

We Wish You a Merry Christmas


English West Country Carol performed at each Rochester Symphony holiday concert since 1982!

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