The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, resplendent in red, was in fine form. Adam Luebke, the chorus' music director, has been doing a good job. The singers' diction shone in Rutter's "Candlelight Carol." You could catch every word. Chorus and orchestra joined in a great zesty rendition of "Jauchzet Frohlocket" from Bach's joyous "Christmas Oratorio." The voices jumped out at you. Timpani and trumpets went to town. It was a triumph.
One high point was an a cappella turn by the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, led by its director, Adam Luebke. The singers sang the hymn “Unclouded Day,” by Josiah Alwood, a 19th century Midwestern preacher. It’s an uplifting, up-tempo song – Willie Nelson has sung it – and the choral arrangement has tremendous bounce and good feeling. Looking it up on YouTube, I wasn’t surprised to read that a listener wrote: “One of my favorite songs to listen to on a loop.”