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Winter Solstice with Carolyn Surrick and Ronn McFarlane

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Carolyn Surrick and Ronn McFarlane.

On this episode of Sound Currents, viola da gambist Carolyn Surrick and lutenist Ronn McFarlane join us for a celebration of the winter solstice, with music from several faith traditions.

It’s that time of year when everything is magical! Maybe we hope for snow, and we gather with our loved ones and look back with gratitude (or relief) on our past year, and look with hope towards the future.

This week's guests are viola da gambist Carolyn Surrick and lutenist Ronn McFarlane.

Scroll to the bottom to hear a bonus piece: Judith Lang Zaimont's December: Sleigh Ride, and be sure to answer this week's "favorite piece" poll down below!

Hosts
Sascha Groschang
Laurel Parks

Guest
Carolyn Surrick, viola da gambist and Ronn McFarlane, lutenist

Program
Carol of the Bells
by Mykola Leontovych, arr. by Ronn McFarlane
Ronn McFarlane - Lute, Caroyn Surrick - Viola da Gamba

A Star in the East
by Ronn McFarlane
Ronn McFarlane - Lute, Caroyn Surrick - Viola da Gamba

Mizzie Mine
by Carolyn Surrick
Ronn McFarlane - Lute, Caroyn Surrick - Viola da Gamba

Grinch On the Run
by Ronn McFarlane
Ronn McFarlane - Lute, Caroyn Surrick - Viola da Gamba

Solstice Part 1 - Entrance of the Moon Bull
by Lou Harrison
Dennis Russell Davies with Leta Miller - Flute, Yvonne Powers - Oboe, Adam Gordon - Trumpet, Nohema Fernandez - Celesta, Emily Wong George - Tack Piano, Stephen Tramontozzi - Bass, Peter Shelton and Lee Duckles - cello

Umoja: The First Day of Kwanza 1997
by Valerie Coleman
The Category 5 Quintet

Tehillim - I. Psalm 19 - 2-5, Hashamyim mehsapehrim kavohd Kail
by Steve Reich
Alan Pierson with Alarm Will Sound

A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 - VI. Canticle of the Holy Night 1
by George Crumb
Lambert Orkis - piano

Bonus Piece
It's easy to fall back on traditional music for wintertime, so hearing newly composed holiday music is always a treat. Enjoy Judith Lang Zaimont's 'December: Sleigh Ride' and picture yourself gliding over the ice and snow!
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Did any pieces we included this week stand out to you?
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Sascha Groschang is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Laurel Parks is a host for Sound Currents on 91.9 Classical KC.
Sam Wisman is a Producer for 91.9 Classical KC. Email him at samwisman@classicalkc.org.
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