Can a Christmas carol be controversial? The creator of "Hark how all the Welkin rings" certainly wasn't too happy when a revised version became of his text came out. Find out more about all the poetic shade that was thrown with Leighann Daihl Ragusa, curator of the BBE's 2017 Carols program.
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They say that music can change lives. The BBE's Thomas Alaan gets personal and shares why he didn't always like Christmas, but how a 2015 BBE performance of all-Christmas carols and the #bbefamily changed his tune. Find out how that happened in this tell-all blog, and look or his upcoming book, "Going Rogue: A Countertenor's Tale." (#JustKidding)
What is Wassailing? Is it a type of boat? Is it the past tense of a verb? Actually, "wassailing" can mean several things, though most of them seem to revolve around food or beverages. (We don't object.) Learn more about wassailing - and how to brew your own wassail drink! - with Leighann Daihl Ragusa, curator of the BBE's 2017 Carols program.
We think that carols belong exclusively to the Christmas season - but that's not true! For centuries, we sang carols during all four seasons, at weddings and birthdays, and during other holidays and occasions. Even the Christmas carols we know today, well, they’ve gone through some changes. Learn more about the history of carols with Leighann Daihl Ragusa, curator of the BBE's 2017 Carols program.