On Tuesday evening, I had the honor and privilege to attend the North Carolina Master Chorale’s “Joy of the Season” concert at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. It was a lovely night of holiday music, performed by a strong choir under an excellent conductor. As part of their performance, the Master Chorale’s Chamber Singers premiered my first holiday piece, entitled “Annunciation to the Shepherds.” This piece is a setting of text from the Bible describing the angels who arrive to tell the shepherds of the birth of Christ. It’s almost theatrical, with the choir playing the part of the angels, beginning with a homophonic declaration of the news, followed by the appearance of a host of angels who sing the praises of God, as happens in the story from the Bible. It was a superbly expressive and sensitive interpretation of my work, and I couldn’t be more pleased. My special thanks go out to the singers, and to Dr. Al Sturgis, the Master Chorale’s conductor, for bringing my work to life. Below, you can hear a recording of the premier. It was made on a handheld recorder from my seat in the hall, but I think it nicely represents the performance. I hope you enjoy “Annunciation to the Shepherds,” and happy holidays!