Program Notes

Festive Farewell

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.

Music Notes

Sir Christèmas

Music by William Mathias

Words anonymous, c. 1500   

Good King Wenceslas

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

Words by John Mason Neale

Once, As I Remember

17th-century Italian carol, arr. Charles Wood

Words by G. R. Woodward

Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols

Gustav Holst

a carol medley Maestro Lantz first conducted in 1971

A Jingle in Time

arr. Jere Lantz

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

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

arr. Jere Lantz

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.”

See Amid the Winter’s Snow

Music by John Goss, arr. David Willcocks

Words by Edward Caswell

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

Georges Bizet

Away in a Manger

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

Words anonymous

Joy to the World

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

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.

A Light Where Jesus Lay

Words and Music by John Seagard

Created for Rochester Symphony in 1989.

Sussex Carol

arr. David Willcocks

Traditional English Carol

Nativity Carol

Words and Music by John Rutter

Deck the Hall

arr. Jere Lantz

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.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

arr. Jere Lantz

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

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