Category: Winter Songs & Carols

Winter Songs & Carols: Our 2018 Concert Program

Our 2018 Winter Songs & Carols program was tremendous fun to present and an exciting evening for both performances! We were honored to perform with two very special guests: Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, and Katherine Drago Luellen, mezzo-soprano. The year had been a very…

Winter Songs & Carols: Our 2017 Concert Program

Thank you to everyone who came to hear Manitou Winds’ 2017 Winter Songs & Carols program. Each year, we put together a unique collection of songs in various styles performed on many different instruments to inspire you to embrace the entire season of winter….

There’s Still My Joy

“One tiny child can save the world One shining light can show the way Beyond these tears for what I’ve lost There’s still my joy for Christmas Day.” — from There’s Still My Joy by Beth Nielsen Chapman If you’ve attended a recent musical…

What the Stars Saw on the Prairie

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) from The Rest is Noise When my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2005, I had recently moved to Chicago and was unable to travel…

Listening for Silence

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. Embracing winter can be tricky for some of us as it tends to arrive on our doorstep with a significant amount of baggage, doesn’t…

St. Basil’s Hymn

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. Have you ever heard a tune that just kinda grabbed you by surprise and then stuck around? We have a lot of terms for…

Winter Songs & Carols: Our Guest Vocalists

For our 2016 Winter Songs & Carols performances, we’re delighted to work with two talented vocalists who will grace the stage with their glittering interpretation of songs arranged especially for this year’s program: Christy Burich & Emily Curtin Culler!

A Manitou Christmas Medley

In our annual winter concert, Manitou Winds presents a program of music, poetry, and prose inspiring you to embrace winter. As creative director of Manitou Winds, I spend a lot of time searching through titles and listening to music, curating the individual pieces that…

Winter Songs & Carols: The Art of Collaboration

For our 2016 collaborating artist, Ellie Harold, winter is often a season of inner discovery. With the weather outside inhospitable for her paints and canvas, where else might an artist turn but inward?

Winter Songs & Carols: A Magical Evening

Manitou Winds’ premiere concert, Winter Songs & Carols, was a splendid event! We were delighted to share our music with so many of our friends, colleagues, Facebook fans — and even some new faces! We are grateful for all of your support and enthusiasm…

Winter Songs & Carols: Susan Hatt Johnson

Winter Songs & Carols will be Manitou Winds’ first-ever concert — one they hope to make an annual tradition in Northern Michigan. It’s a concert in exploration of the many facets of winter — from the holidays we look forward to each year to…

Three Celtic Carols

While putting together arrangements and selections for Manitou Winds’”Winter Songs & Carols”, I sought pieces that would be a departure from what our audience might expect to hear during a season usually filled with Christmas concerts. Part of that departure was accomplished by selecting…

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