This inspiring, musical celebration brings the Christmas story to vivid life as never before. Through song, the timeless characters beloved the world over: Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and the Shepherds reveal their humanity and passion. Recorded live in Ireland, this historic premiere of The Birth of Christ brings together a chorus of Catholic and Protestant singers who for "One Blessed Night" put aside their sectarian differences and raised their voices in unity and peace around the central mystery of their faith. Featuring a narration of Luke's Nativity by Liam Neeson, this musical treasure will awaken you again to the startling wonder of Christmas.
Video: The Birth of Christ EPK
Sony BMG Masterworks has released a copy of The Birth of Christ electronic press kit online, to give you a wonderful preview of this work.
Location: Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
Narrators: Liam Neeson (recording), Raymond Arroyo (performances)
Soloists: Amy Bils (soprano), Kelly O'Connor (mezzo-soprano), Robert McPherson (tenor), Robin Tritschler (tenor), John B. Cooper (baritone), Owen Gilhooly (baritone)
In August of 2006, a diverse group of people from the Pacific
Northwest journeyed across the Atlantic in order to express their faith through music. They were joined in Ireland by an ecumenical gathering of Protestant and Catholic musicians and together participated in the World Premier of Andrew T. Miller's The Birth of Christ at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland. On November 6th the video of this spectacular musical performance was released on both CD & DVD and made available for broadcast to PBS. This fresh retelling of the Christmas story, narrated by Liam Neeson and conducted by Andrew T. Miller, was recorded with an international cast of soloists before sold out audiences in Dublin. Hailed by many as a "modern classical masterpiece," the release of this performance has already been greeted by enthusiastic reviews.
To purchase your CD or DVD of the international debut of The Birth of Christ, performed in Dublin, Ireland and narrated by Liam Neeson,
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THREE CHOIRS, TWO RELIGIONS, UNITED BY ONE BIRTH
THE BIRTH OF CHRIST brings the Nativity Story to Life this Christmas premiering on Public Television.
Sony BMG Masterworks released the CD and DVD on November 6, 2007.
“Destined to become a classic. Aside from the transcendent beauty of the work, this piece has already demonstrated its power to unite people.” -Liam Neeson
After decades of sectarian conflict and bloodshed, Protestants and Catholics recently came together for a special evening in Dublin, Ireland to celebrate what unites them: The Birth of Christ. Hosted and narrated by Liam Neeson, Andrew T. Miller’s The Birth of Christ (SONY BMG Masterworks 2007) musically brings the Gospel of Luke to life, and revivifies the passion, unity, and peace found in the Nativity story. Miller commented “I hope that people realize that grace and peace often come in unexpected ways, to places overlooked and ignored.” This historic world premiere of The Birth of Christ reunited the very same Protestant Choirs of the Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedrals that Handel used to unveil his “Messiah” in 1742, along with St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral Choir, a Catholic ensemble.
“The Catholic and Protestant singers involved in this project put aside their differences for “One Blessed Night” and raised their voices in unison around the central mystery of their faith,” Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) said. If you listen closely, you will not only hear their unity, but experience the inspiring peace it generated.
Accompanied by a full orchestra in Europe’s revered Christ Church Cathedral, The Birth of Christ is a contemporary classical piece scheduled to air on Public Television, nation-wide, throughout the 2007 Christmas Season. The CD and DVD will be available from Sony BMG Masterworks on November 6th.
Composer, Andrew T. Miller, a Seattle native, said, “I was determined to premiere this work abroad to underscore the universality of the Christmas story, and the power of music to overcome strife and conflict.”
“The birth of a tiny Child in a Bethlehem manger has fascinated mankind for centuries. In this dramatic cantata Miller and his accomplished soloists take us back to the first century,” said Raymond Arroyo, Executive Producer of The Birth of Christ and host and creator of EWTN’s international news magazine The World Over Live. “Each of the characters are faced with a choice, a personal choice to obey the call of God or to reject it. These are choices that we all face each day.”
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