Of All the Kings

Of All the Kings

December 12, 2021
Anthony Trecek-King, Music Director Finalist and Guest Conductor

Program notes, soloist bios, texts/translations

21-22 Season Magazine

Of all the Kings celebrates the perspectives not traditionally considered. Works of incredible beauty, featuring Western European, African American, and Asian influences shine a bright and glorious light on the story of Christmas, seen by the Three Kings, in particular. Led by Music Director finalist Anthony Trecek-King, taking center-place is Margaret Bonds’ delightful and moving setting of Langston Hughes’ poetry, The Ballad of the Brown King. Hear the story of Christmas over the centuries through uplifted voices, lush harmonies, and magical melodies. From all of us, we send our warmest wishes for the holiday season!


Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672): Hodie Christus natus est, SWV 456
Francis Poulenc (1899-1963): O magnum mysterium from Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943): Ave Maria (Ensemble Premiere)
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): “Ehre sei dir, Gott, gesungen,” BWV 248
Jonathan Dove (b. 1959): The Three Kings (Ensemble Premiere)
Margaret Bonds (1913-1972): The Ballad of the Brown King (Ensemble Premiere)
Saunder Choi, arranger (b. 1988): Angels We Have Heard on High (Ensemble Premiere)

Of All the Kings

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