A Christmas Wish

Various Artists

Copyright Year(s): 2012
Format: CD
Price: $15.98
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Album Notes

A magical compilation by various artists, celebrating that holy night long ago…

From John Berger's review in the Honolulu SB:...One of the producers is multi-talented composer and vocalist Roslyn Catracchia, a core member of the ‘Ohi‘a Productions production team and an occasional stage performer. The other producer is Catracchia’s long-time musical partner, arranger and music programmer David Kauahikaua, known outside the theater community for his work with Frank De Lima.

Other participants have extensive performance credits in musical theater or opera — Mary Chesnut Hicks, Megan Mount and Zenia Zambrano Moura to name three.

A majority of the 16 selections celebrate Christ’s birth. Christina Souza sings “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” over an expansive orchestral arrangement. Cindy Fujiwara sings of Christ’s sacrifice in “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” Mount stars in “No Eye Had Seen,” and Moura’s voice soars over Kuahikaua’s dark yet inspirational arrangement of “What Child Is This.”

There are also songs with secular themes. Vanessa Benavente gets the vocal spot on “A Christmas To Remember,” and Catracchia’s mother, Beebe Freitas, plays celeste, an instrument similar in sound to a glockenspiel, on a beautiful arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from “The Nutcracker.”

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