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Alan Chang Captures The Magic Of Christmas Through His Beautiful Rudolph Arrangement



For those of you who still don’t believe in Santa Claus, you may want to rethink those doubts.

Alan Chang, who is the Pianist-Arranger for Michael Buble, wrote and produced an inspiring arrangement and video of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer that is thoroughly captivating. It will make you melt like marshmallows in hot chocolate on a cold winter’s night.

According to the video’s YouTube page, this song is from a collection of songs written by the Buble Band while passing the time between performances during the holiday season.

Imagine being this talented and prolific in your spare time? Most of us would watch Seinfeld, Frasier or Golden Girls reruns, shop online, play with iDevices, read a book, whatever to wind down.

But then, we are talking about brilliant musicians who, individually and collectively, embody some of the best talent in the business today.

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Here is some more background information about this – and other numbers – written by the Buble Band:

RUDOLPH appears on the album, COLD DECEMBER NIGHT, a collection of melancholy renditions of Christmas Classics as envisioned by members of MICHAEL BUBLÉ’S touring band. ALAN CHANG, BUBLÉ’S Music Director, Pianist and Co-Writer (since 2003) produced the album. CHANG’S inspiration for the record originated several years ago when BUBLÉ BAND members, all great jazz musicians in their own right, began writing arrangements of Christmas songs as a fun way to pass the time on the road during the holiday season. This backstage musical exchange of personal Christmas arrangements soon became a much-loved tradition within the BUBLÉ BAND. This Christmas, ALAN CHANG has collected his favorite BUBLE BAND arrangements for his self-produced album, COLD DECEMBER NIGHT.

The song, “Cold December Night,” is the only original song on the album and was written by ALAN CHANG in 2008 as part of the BUBLÉ BAND’S backstage Christmas music festivities. CHANG decided to include the song on his own album, COLD DECEMBER NIGHT. Coincidentally, when CHANG played “Cold December Night” for MICHAEL BUBLÉ at the end of the Crazy Love tour during the summer of 2011, BUBLÉ liked the song so much that he decided to record his own version for his album, MICHAEL BUBLÉ CHRISTMAS (Released Oct. 24, 2011).

A Cold December Night is available on Amazon, iTunes and CDBaby.

On this cold, well, November night, I think I will head on over to iTunes and treat myself to some nostalgic and comforting warmth via this innovative album. Can’t think of anything better. Can you?

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

3 Responses to “Alan Chang Captures The Magic Of Christmas Through His Beautiful Rudolph Arrangement”

  1. Very nice, MCL. I don’t believe my Grandbabes would like this version, but they would like the visuals. Are you keeping up with all that goes with Christmas? Music can be such a spiritual experience, right?

  2. KariAnn – I am trying to keep up but am sometimes overwhelmed by it all. But the grandchildren sure do help to keep the simple things in perspective, reminding me to laugh, laugh and laugh again. Their young spirits evoke pure magic in the air. So wonderful.

    The true spirit lies in these young children. My granddaughter reminded me tonight that December was not only her birthday but the. birthday of Baby Jesus. I thought that was a beautiful thing to hear from an almost 7- year-old child.

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