NEW YORK, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Let the reindeer games begin! This holiday season, hark back to the good old days-way back-with a novelty version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," sung in Latin. The arrangement, sung by the all-professional choir of New York City's St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue, is cleared for broadcast and available for MP3 and AIFF download. NOTE: On Friday, December 17th at 8 PM ET/PT, CBS will air the 40th anniversary broadcast of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer(R)," the longest-running holiday special in television history. The digitally re-mastered classic has entertained millions of families since 1964, with the famous musical score from Johnny Marks and the vocal talent of legendary performer Burl Ives (Sam the Snowman). Burl Ives created a classic, but he never sang Rudolph in Latin! Hear it -- play it -- and urge your listeners to sing along: Rudolphus rubrinasus Johnny Marks/Arr. Philip Brunelle Rudolphus rubrinasus fulgentissimo naso, vidisti et si eum dicas quoque candere. Omnes tarandi ceteri ridebant vocantes nomina; non sinebant Rudolphum interessa ludentes. olim crassa nocte Christi, Nicolaus it dictum: "Rudolphe, naso tam claro, agesne traham meam?" Qui tum tarandis amor conclamantibus eum, "Rudolphe, rubrinase descendes historia!" Performers: New York City's St. Bartholomew's Choir; William K. Trafka, conductor Timings: 1:09 Latin only (MP3: 2.6MB; AIFF: 11.7MB) 2:17 Latin & English (MP3: 5.2MB; AIFF: 23.1MB) Download MP3 or AIFF file: http://www.villagesound.com/stbarts/rudolph.html Reminder to broadcasters: broadcast of this recording is subject to the broadcaster having an appropriate public performance license from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. When St. Bartholomew's Church brought Leopold Stokowski from Europe in 1905 to be its organist, it made what has turned out to be a lasting commitment to great music. The dedication of the great domed church on Park Avenue at 51st Street, and the gradual construction of what is now the largest pipe organ in New York City, underscored that commitment. St. Bartholomew's Choir is an ensemble of expert choral singers from the New York City area. They sing for the church's Sunday 11 am services, as well as major concerts throughout the year as part of St. Bart's Great Music Series. For information about St. Bart's holiday concerts, including a performance of "Rudolphus" during "A Joyous Christmas Concert" on December 21st, visit http://www.stbarts.org.
SOURCE St. Bartholomew's Church