The Night Before Christmas (Dai)

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The Night Before Christmas is an orchestral work written by the American composer Aaron Dai in 2006. The work is performed by a full orchestra and a narrator reading Clement Clarke Moore's poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."


The Night Before Christmas premiered in New York City on December 2, 2006[1] with The Chelsea Symphony and actor Richard Kind. It has since been narrated by Ana Gasteyer (2007), David Hyde Pierce (2008),[2] Charles Busch (2009),[3][4] Andrea Martin (2010),[5] Rachel Dratch (2011), Mo Rocca (2012),[6][7] Victor Garber (2013),[8] BD Wong (2014), Seth Rudetsky (2015),[9] Caroline Rhea (2016),[10] and Judy Gold (2017).[11]

Moore's poem was selected partly due to the nominal connection between the author's home and the orchestra that would debut the musical work. "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" was penned in 1822 on Moore's country estate—named "Chelsea"—which eventually became the Manhattan district Chelsea,[12] which, in turn, provided the name for The Chelsea Symphony. Dai's The Night Before Christmas premiered less than two blocks from the site of the original poem's writing.


The Night Before Christmas is scored for a narrator and an orchestra, including:


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  5. ^ "ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: Being "Part of It All"". 2010-12-06. Retrieved 2016-01-22. 
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  9. ^ "An Early Blast of Christmas Cheer from Tree Lightings to Holiday Concerts". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-22. 
  10. ^ "Rhea Shines at Chelsea Symphony Holiday Concert". 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  11. ^ "The Chelsea Symphony to Play Ravel, Smetana, and Mozart with Judy Gold". 2017-11-17. Retrieved 2017-12-03. 
  12. ^ Nissenbaum, Stephen (1997). The Battle for Christmas. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-41223-9.

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