Video: Luscious sounds for a Winter Solstice in Morristown

No, Rorando Coeli is not a prizefighter.

Turns out it’s a lovely choral tribute to nature by Czech composer Jan Campanus Vodnansky (1572-1622).

The Harmonium Choral Society  performed it at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown on Dec. 7, 2013, and we had the perfect seat–in the choir loft with soloists Sarah Hunter, Alyssa Casazza, Robert Emmerich and Ben Schroeder.

Harmonium is conducted by Anne Matlack. Some of the audio is courtesy of Skipp Tullen of

In case your Latin isn’t what it used to be, the verses translate like this:

The skies pour down amidst roars

and the clouds soak the righteous;

the machinery of earth is started

and the flower of salvation buds.

Break forth, O sun and caress the earth

that has so long been chilled;

the mountain will tumble,

and like wax will flow and melt away.

Grow It Green Morristown plans a Solstice celebration on Dec. 21, 2013, at 5 pm in the Early Street Community Garden.

Harmonium performs at St. Peter's in Morristown, Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Harmonium performs at St. Peter’s in Morristown, Dec. 7, 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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