12/19/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Carol of the Bells
Christmas bells are swinging above the fields of snow,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
How could we celebrate the season without hearing this popular Christmas song?
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfUgeJxpS0 - Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra in concert, Nov. 18, 2007
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvNmOc1QirY - Carol of the Bells - Mormon Tabernacle Choir, 2008
"The Ukraine region of the
former Soviet Union has been frequently misunderstood. Although for centuries
it was more than large enough to be an independent medium-sized nation, which it
now is, and had
a language, alphabet, and culture distinct from the dominant Russians, the
Ukrainians were often
mistakenly labeled 'Russians.' This miscomprehension affected all sectors of
including the one famous contribution to the literature of carols to emanate
from the Ukraine.
"The music for the very popular holiday song, 'Carol of the Bells,' was created by the Ukraine's most popular composer, Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych (1877-1921). Despite being born in Ukraine, living in Ukraine, and largely working with Ukrainian music, Leontovych and his works are more than occasionally called 'Russian.' The composition from which 'Carol of the Bells' was derived, the choral work Shchedryk, which was first performed by students at Kiev University in December 1916, has not been exempted from the mislabeling. But the Ukrainians, from one perspective, have had the last laugh in this cultural comedy of errors, for by far the best-known carol music to originate in any portion of the former Soviet Union was Leontovych's brilliant musical portrayal of the sounds of Christmas bells.
"Only 20 years after its composition, the music from Shchedryk was converted into a carol halfway around the world. Peter J. Wilhousky (1902-1978), a composer, lyricist, and conductor who worked with Arturo Toscanini on NBC radio, adapted Leontovych's music and added some lyrics....
"Since the synthesis of 'Carol of the Bells' in 1936, the song, also known as 'Ukrainian Carol,' has increasingly become a part of the celebration of Christmas in the United States....."
- William Studwell, The Christmas Carol Reader
('65) of NC - 12/19/15:
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toDurwood Adams ('57) AND The late Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND Elliott Schlosser ('63) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
|THIS DAY IN WWII:|
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Sunday, December 19, 1965 - Baseball player Chito Martínez was born Reyenaldo Ignacio Martínez, in Belize City, Belize.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 12/18/14:
|“Being humble means
recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become,
but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.”
Gordon B. Hinckley
Thanks so much, Susan!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/18/15 - "The Gift of Time":
|Billy Graham, the great
evangelist has said, "The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity
of life". If you think about it............you'll agree.
Below is an interesting story
about Alexander the Great. At the end, you will find another fact
Thank you so much, Wayne! Merry Christmas!
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/18/15 - "They Dance To A Song From 2015":
|I love music and old
movies, and this puts them both together.
WOWZERONI! Thanks so much, John! This is amazingly cool! The clips and the music are brilliantly matched! Merry Christmas!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 12/18/15 - "Coke Commercial":
|Wishing you a Merry
Christmas and New Year.
OK, let's see here....Coca Cola is the # 1 brand in the world, they have billions (no, BILLIONS) of dollars, they are smart marketers, and they know its the cute and sentimental season. Yup, got it covered. Now let's see those Budweiser horses top this.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/eOPhBWlF5bo - A Bridge for Santa Claus
Ya got me! Thank you, Haul Party! Merry Christmas!
From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA AND Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/17/15:
|Telling Santa what a good girl I've been all year and hoping I get everything on my wish list.|
From My Cousin,
Jean Atkinson Mallory (Warsaw
HS / Rappahannock HS / John Marshall HS - '65)
of VA -
It's a different red suit.
Because spelling is important.
Thanks, Jean! Merry Christmas!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/18/15:
|Thanks, Joan! Merry Christmas!|
From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 12/18/15:
|Thanks, Joyce! Merry Christmas!|
saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with Guess on it. I said, Thyroid problem?”