For Christmas Day: a celebration of music and family, along with a heartfelt thank you.

December 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm (Ballet, Christmas, Family, Music)

The Christmas tree in the Medieval Sculpture Hall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The music:

“Dance of the Mirlitons” from The Nutcracker, danced by the Kirov Ballet, now once again known as the Mariinsky.. Music is by Tchaikovsky.

Here is a concise history of the Nutcracker Ballet. (An advertisement must be endured at the outset, alas.)

The quaity of this video from the English Baroque Festival is not great, but the costumes and the music – Handel’s Water Music – are quite delightful:

I’ve long loved this video of Luciano Pavarotti and his father Fernando singing Cesrar Franck’s “Panis Angelicus” at the Modena Cathedral. They’re high up in the choir, while the celebrants below receive Holy Communion.

Here, Pavarotti sings the same piece, backed by two choirs, at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Montreal, Canada, in 1978.

Here’s Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus,” sung by the King’s College Choir of Cambridge University:

Click here for the  “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” from the Great Mass in C, also by Mozart, sung by the English Baroque Soloists, the Monteverdi Choir, and conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, whose lifelong service and devotion to this music deserves the highest praise and gratitude.

Another “Gloria,” this one from the Vivaldi work by the same name. We here Trevor Pinnock at the harpsichord and conducting the English Concert.

And once again we have John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir, and the English Baroque soloists in “Jauchzet, Frohlocket,” the rousing opening of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio:


The family:

Etta Lin, Erica, and Ben Davis

 This little family has brought us boat loads of joy this year!

I just have to slip this in: It’s Etta’s first school picture! She is currently matriculated  at a Montessori School Daycare, where she is honing her social skills and even learning to dance (now that she’s up on her two feet).

Here is Ron, taking pictures during our England sojourn in May. This is the man who always puts himself in the background while cheering on his (occasional drama queen) wife. I sometimes kid that he’s “the wind beneath my wings,” but the fact is: He is my everything.

And no, I have not forgotten – as she sits patiently awaiting yet another food bowl refill – the dependable provider of comic relief around here (and lots of affection too):

Miss Audrey Jane Marple

I feel deeply blessed and just as deeply grateful. Thank you to  the great artists of the past and present, to my wonderful family.


  1. Bonnie Johnson said,

    A joyful round-up of beautiful music – thank you so much!
    And what a beautiful family. Happy New Year to you all.
    Bonnie and Paul and the West Coast gang

    • Roberta Rood said,

      Thanks for the comment, Bonnie. I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Pat VanBortle said,

    Enjoyed this Christmas day post. I especially liked the family pictures and the comment about my dear brother!

  3. Erica said,

    Grandma, apparently Etta loves this post 🙂 as she tries to type simultaneously while babbling and laughing.. Happy New Year!

  4. Diane said,

    Thank you Roberta for the Christmas joy in music and photos. I agree with Pat about your remark about Ron. It brought tears to my eyes.

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