Colón’s Arrangements and Compositions Referenced in select list of Bilingual Choral Music

Pearl Shangkuan, director of choral activities at Calvin University and director of the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, reflects on her top ten bilingual sacred choral pieces.

Some of the pieces recommended include:

4. “Noche anunciada / Night Long-Awaited,” arranged by Carlos Colón. The original music is by Ariel Ramirez, an Argentine composer and music director best known for his “Missa Criolla” who was a chief proponent of Argentine folk music. 

5. “Restáuranos, oh Dios / Restore Us, O God,” by Carlos Colón. This is a setting of Psalm 80, arranged for either a two-part treble or mixed choir by the composer himself, Carlos Colón, assistant director for Worship and Chapel of the Office of Spiritual Life at Baylor University. 

7. “Alegre luz / O Gladsome Light,” by Carlos Colón (G-9793, GIA Publications). This new musical setting uses the text of the Phos Hilaron, an evening hymn drawn from ancient Christian custom, especially Byzantine and Ambrosian rites, and referenced as far back as AD 379 by St. Basil the Great. 

You can find the full list here:

By Carlos Colon

Composer, Liturgist & Cultural Promoter

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