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WW1 Centennial News for December 22, 2017 - Episode #51

17 12 22 thumb2The Holiday Spirit overcame confrontation in 1914 and men of good will shared a moment

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This Special episode is a Holiday music compilation from the WWI era. It features a special homily from Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben - Chief of Navy Chaplains, with words of thanks and prayer from all of us here today - back to those who were serving in 1917, in recognition and appreciation for their service and their sacrifice in the War That Changed the World!

Musical Selections

Noël: Holy Night
Performers: Venetian Trio
Release Year: 1915

Cantique de Noël
Performers: Enrico Caruso
Release year: 1916

The night before Christmas
Performers:  Harry E. Humphrey
Release year: 1914

Hark! The herald angels sing. [Mendelssohn (Hymn tune)]
Performers: Edison Mixed Quartet.
Release year: 1914

The mistletoe bough
Performers: British Male Quar[tet, i.e. Carol Singers].
Release year: ca. 1913

The song of ages
Performers: Metropolitan Quartet.
Release year: 1918

Jest 'fore Christmas
Author: Eugene Field
Performer: Cora Mel Patten
Release year: 1913

It came upon the midnight clear
Performers: The Carol Singers.
Release year: 1915

Christmas Eve. a fantasie on old German Christmas carols
Performers: Robert Gayler.
Release year: 1916

Home For Christmas - from A silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song
Performers: John Brancy and Peter Dugan
Release Year: 2017

God rest you, merry gentlemen
Performers: The Carol Singers
Release year: 1917

Ring out, wild bells
Performers: The Carol Singers
Release year: 1916

No candle was there and no fire
Performer: Elizabeth Wheeler
Release Year: 1912

O come, all ye faithful. [Adeste fideles]
Performers: Edison Mixed Quartet.
Release year: 1914

Old Jim's Christmas hymn
Performers: Arthur Middleton (as "Edward Allen") and Chorus.
Release year: 1917

Christmas, Christmas, blessed, blessed day
Performers: Metropolitan Quartet.
Release year: 1917

Joy to the world, our Lord is born today
Performers: Metropolitan Quartet.
Release year: 1917

We three kings of Orient are
Performers: Carol Singers.
Release year: 1917

Flora's holiday. song cycle
Performers: Frank Croxton Quartette [i.e. Croxton Quartet].
Release year: 1911

March of the toys. Babes in Toyland [Babes in Toyland. March of the toys]
Performers: American Symphony Orchestra.
Release year: 1917


Welcome to World War 1 centennial News - This Holiday week, we have a special episode for you. We have compiled a one-hour collection of WWI era holiday music. It includes popular christmas music of the time, including a wonderful live recording of the fabulous Caruso singing an italian version of Oh Holy Night, even a modern day rendition of I’ll be home for Christmas from the contemporary WWI musicians, Baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan.

We invite you to play the podcast during this special time for a WWI holiday ambiance,  in memory of those who spent Christmas 1917 apart from their loved ones! My wife Kathy and I wrapped presents with the compilation as background and it was really lovely.

The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission our founding sponsor, the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and we here at World War 1 Centennial News wish you and your family a wonderful holiday.

And to start us off for this Holiday episode Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben - Chief of Navy Chaplains, is joining us to send a few words of holiday hope, greeting and cheer back to 1917 to all of the men and women -- serving at this consequential and decisive moment in our nation’s history.

Please join her with your thoughts and good wishes, as Chaplain Kibben sends our words of thanks and prayer from all of us here today - back to them in 1917, in recognition and appreciation for their service and their sacrifice in the War That Changed the World!


Chaplain Kibben:

[ Recorded segment]





Thank you for having joined us for our WW1 Centennial News holiday special.

Thanks to Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, Chief of Navy Chaplains, Musicians John Brancy and Pete Dugan, whose song “Home for Christmas” was included in this mix. You can learn more about them, their music and how to book them for the coming year by visiting their website at  a silent night dot com or by visiting the link in the podcast notes.
Link: www.asilentnight.com


Happy Holidays to all of you in 2017 and 1917 from Katherine Akey our show’s line producer, Eric Marr - research and from me, Theo Mayer your host.


The US World War One Centennial Commission was created by Congress to honor, commemorate and educate about WW1.

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