Stuart’s Study review of Christmas in Harvard Square
Republished by permission from Stuart Dunn. Original posting here.
Every year, the musical world is flooded with Christmas CDs from musical artists. Artists come into the studio; crank out the same tired carols, maybe a religious hymn or two; and leave having earned a quick buck from easy record sales. Yes, this is just a generalization, but it is rare to hear a sense of awe or amazement at this holy time of year when Christ became man for us. If you are looking for that powerful experience you should get from hearing Christmas music, look no further than Christmas in Harvard Square.
Christmas in Harvard Square is the debut album release of The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School. Some schools say, “We are a school with a choir.” St. Paul’s proudly states, “We are a choir with a school.” The reason for this is the music permeates every facet of the school. It is not just some after school activity, but it is the heartbeat of the school. St. Paul’s Choir School was founded in 1963, so this album is being released “as part of their initiative for the New Evangelization and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the school.” It’s remarkable that children this young are participating in the New Evangelization, but it just goes to show you that you’re never to young to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
There is a nice variety of Christmas music among these 19 tracks. You have English tracks and Latin tracks; traditional songs and modern songs; songs you recognize, like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and songs you might have never heard of, like “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree.”
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Christmas in Harvard Square releases tomorrow, Oct. 7, 2014. Order your copy today here.