December 19

December nineteenth, "The Many Moods of Christmas” (1963). Robert Shaw was best known as the conductor of his namesake Chorale. In its day, "Many Moods of Christmas" was the quintessential sound of the season. Even today, the album sells well around the holidays and choirs continue to perform it for their December concerts. Shaw was leading his choral when he accepted a call and was ordained as its Minister of Music by the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. The album included 18 secular and religious carols arranged into four suites.