Holidays with The Capital Hearings (2020)

Released in 2020, Holidays with The Capital Hearings infuses beloved holiday favorites with the celebrated “Caps mix” of soaring chorales, smoldering jazz, dubstep beats, and more.

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Track List

1. Eatnemen Vuelie Music by Frode Fjellheim, text by B.S. Ingemann
2. Sleigh Ride Music by Leroy Anderson, lyrics by Mitchell Parrish, arr. Trey Harris
3. Ocho Kandelikas Flory Jagoda, arr. Micah Hendler
4. It Sifts from Leaden Sieves Music by Rachel DeVore Fogarty, poem by Emily Dickinson
5. Come Darkness, Come Light Mary Chapin Carpenter, arr. Mike Rowan
6. All I Want For Christmas Mariah Carey & Walter N. Afanasieff, arr. The Puppini Sisters / C. Wise
7. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Traditional English carol, arr. Trey Harris
8. Lullay My Liking Music by Philip Lawson with anonymous 15th century text
9. We Three Kings John Henry Hopkins Jr., arr. Darmon Meader
10. Jingle Bells James Lord Pierpoint, arr. Graeme Morton
11. Auld Lang Syne Scottish folk melody with poem by Robert Burns, arr. Mike Rowan


Some lyrics are linked externally due to licensing restrictions.

1. Eatnemen Vuelie

Deilig er Jorden,
prektig er Guds himmel,
skjønn er sjelenes pilgrimsgang!
Gjennom de fagre riker på jorden
Går vi til Paradis med sang.

Wonderful is the Earth,
glorious is God’s heaven,
beautiful is the pilgrimage of souls!
Through the beautiful kingdoms on earth
We go to Paradise with song.

2. Sleigh RideLyrics

3. Ocho KandelikasLyrics and translation

4. It Sifts from Leaden Sieves

It sifts from leaden sieves,
It powders all the wood,
It fills with alabaster wool
The wrinkles of the road.

It makes an even face
Of mountain, and of plain, —
Unbroken forehead from the east
Unto the east again.

It reaches to the fence,
It wraps it, rail by rail,
Till it is lost in fleeces;
It flings a crystal veil

On stump and stack and stem, —
The summer’s empty room,
Acres of seams where harvests were,
Recordless, but for them.

5. Come Darkness, Come LightLyrics

6. All I Want for ChristmasLyrics

7. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Verse 1:
God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray

O tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

Verse 2:
In Bethlehem, in Palestine
The blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which his mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn

Bridge (interleaved):
Oh little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless slumber
The silent stars go by

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Verse 3:
Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All others doth deface

8. Lullay My Liking

Middle English

Lullay, my Liking, my dear Son, my Sweeting,
Lullay, my dear heart, my own dear darling.

I saw a fair maiden, syten and sing,
She lulléd a little child, a sweeté lording.

That eternal lord is He that made allé thing
Of allé lordés He is Lord, of allé Kingés king.

There was mickle melody at that childés birth,
Although they were in heaven’s bliss, they madé mickle mirth.

Angels bright they sang that night and saidén to that child,
“Blesséd be Thou, and so be she that is both meek and mild.”

Pray we now to that child, and to His mother dear,
God grant them all His blessing that now makén cheer.

9. We Three Kings

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder Star

O star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Born a king on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship him God most high

Glorious now behold him arise,
King, and God, and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to the heav’ns replies

10. Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
In a one-horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way
Bells on bob tail ring
Making spirits bright
What fun it is to ride and sing
A sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way.
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.
Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way;
Oh! what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh.

Now the ground is white
Go it while you’re young,
Take the girls tonight
and sing this sleighing song;
Just get a bobtailed bay
Two forty for his speed
Hitch him to an open sleigh
And crack! you’ll take the lead.

11. Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my jo (dear),
for auld lang syne
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet
for auld lang syne

We twa hae run about the braes
and pou’d the gowans fine
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit
sin’ auld lang syne

We two have paddled in the stream
from morning sun ‘til dine
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend
and give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught
for auld lang syne


1. Eatnemen Vuelie

Music by Frode Fjellheim based on Sámi yoik and a Silesian folk melody
Lyrics in Norwegian by B.S. Ingemann
© 2002 by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. Copyright for all countries. All rights reserved.

2. Sleigh Ride

Micah Hendler, vocal percussion
Arranged by Trey Harris

Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
© 1950 by Woodbury Music Company LLC

3. Ocho Kandelikas

Sonya Bessalel, soloist; Micah Hendler, vocal instruments & vocal percussion
Arranged by Micah Hendler

Music & lyrics in Ladino by Flory Jagoda
© 1983 by Flory Jagoda

4. It Sifts from Leaden Sieves

Winner of The Capital Hearings 2017 Young Composers Competition

Music by Rachel DeVore Fogarty
Poem by Emily Dickinson
© 2017 by Rachel DeVore Fogarty

5. Come Darkness, Come Light

Soloists in order: Chrislyn Laurie Laurore; Kyle Whitaker; Allison Echard & Justin Quam (duet); Heather MacDonald & John Hazangeles (duet); Jaime Alvis; Allison Echard, Matt Cook, & Dileep Srihari (trio); Lyndsey Gore, with Fiona Vella & Luke Capizzo (harmonies)

Mike Rowan, vocal percussion
Arranged by Mike Rowan

Music & lyrics by Mary Chapin Carpenter
© 2008 by Why Walk Music; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Zoe Records, a Rounder Records Group Company. Outside North America exclusively licensed by Decca Music Group Limited and Zoe Records. All rights reserved.

6. All I Want for Christmas

Arranged by Carolyn Wise
Based on an arrangement by The Puppini Sisters

Music & lyrics by Mariah Carey and Walter N. Afanasieff
© 1994 Columbia Records & Sony Music Distribution. All rights reserved.

7. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Trey Harris, soloist; Micah Hendler, vocal percussion
Arranged by Trey Harris

Traditional English Christmas carol (16th century or earlier)
© 2019 by Trey Harris

8. Lullay My Liking

Soloists in order: John Hazangeles & Matt Cook (duet); Fiona Vella & Heather MacDonald (duet); John Hazangeles; Heather MacDonald

Music by Philip Lawson
Anonymous text in Middle English (15th century)
© 2004 by The K.S. Music Co. Ltd. International copyright secured. All rights reserved.

9. We Three Kings

Mike Rowan, vocal percussion

Music & lyrics by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
Arranged by Darmon Meader
© 2004 by Carl Fischer, LLC. International copyright secured. All rights reserved.

10. Jingle Bells

Music & lyrics by James Lord Pierpont
Arranged by Graeme Morton
© 2009 by Graeme Morton

11. Auld Lang Syne

Soloists in order: Dileep Srihari (vocal bagpipes); John Hazangeles; Mark Lee & Lyndsey Gore (duet); Jennifer Dilzell; Mike Rowan

Mike Rowan, vocal percussion
Arranged by Mike Rowan

Traditional Scottish folk melody
Poem in Scots by Robert Burns
© 2014 by Mike Rowan

Singers on this album (2015-2020): Soprano: Regina Burgher, Emily Chrisman, Heather MacDonald, Fiona Vella, Carolyn Wise; Alto: Jaime Alvis, Sonya Bessalel, Jennifer Dilzell, Allison Echard, Dena Goodman, Lyndsey Gore, Chrislyn Laurie Laurore, Rachel Rood, Leila Schochet; Tenor: Luke Capizzo, John Hazangeles, Micah Hendler, Mark Lee, Johnathon O’Neal, Dileep Srihari; Bass: Matt Cook, Ehren Dohler, Trey Harris, Ryan McCarty, Justin Quam, Mike Rowan, Adam Ruth, Kyle Whitaker

Special Guest Revelers on Auld Lang Syne: Gilbert Adams, Michael Boyce, Aaron Buchsbaum, Henry Clapp, Alyssa Dohler, Ariel Gold, Elizabeth Holtan, Karen Hopper, Laura Pruitt, Elizabeth Romig, Mary and Jim Shaffran, Howard Spendelow, Rob Vogel


Produced by Trey Harris.
Co-produced by Heather MacDonald, Mike Rowan, and Dileep Srihari.
Directed by Mike Rowan (tracks 4,5,8,11), Dileep Srihari (tracks 1,9,10), Trey Harris (tracks 2,7) and Micah Hendler (track 3).

Recorded by Danny Ozment for Emerald City Productions (tracks 4,5,6,8,9,10,11) and Trey Harris for Treymix Studios (tracks 1,2,3,7).
Recorded in 2015 (track 11), 2017 (tracks 5,6,8,9,10), 2018 (track 4), 2019 (track 3), and 2020 (tracks 1,2,7).
Recorded at All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, and Treymix Studios, Silver Spring, MD.

Edited by Trey Harris (tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,10) and Danny Ozment (tracks 4,5,8,9,11).
Mixed by Bill Hare (tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7,10,11) and Danny Ozment (tracks 4,8,9).
Mastered by Bill Hare for Bill Hare Productions.

Art design by Carlos Carmonamedina.
Design direction by Heather MacDonald.
Credits by Lyndsey Gore.
The Capital Hearings logo by Nello DeBlasio and Trey Harris.

Licensing and distribution by Soundrop®.
℗ and © 2020 by The Capital Hearings®. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited. Made in the USA.


The Capital Hearings are proud to be an Ensemble in Residence at All Souls Episcopal Church in the Woodley Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We are grateful to The Reverend Jadon Hartsuff, Robert Stubbs, Grace Kreher, and the entire All Souls community for generously providing us with space for our rehearsals, performances, and recording this album.

We also send love and immense gratitude to our families, friends, and alumni for their continued love and support.

In addition, we offer thanks to our valued community partners. This album would not be possible without their support:

Bill Hare Productions
Chorus America
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
The Contemporary A Cappella League (CAL)
D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Emerald City Productions
Trey Harris

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.