This recording brings you Christmas music from the 16th century to today, including nine outstanding pieces by composers from around the world. This CD features a sublime setting of the beloved petition to the Virgin Mary, Ave Maria by Venezuelan composer, César Alejandro Carrillo; two haunting works written by the twentieth-century British composer Sir John Tavener, A Nativity and The Lords Prayer; a settings of the liturgical text from the Missa Brevis by Canadian composer Nancy Telfer; and the premier recording of several traditional carols newly arranged for Vox Musica. Vox Musica, directed by Daniel Paulson, is a Sacramento-based women's vocal ensemble whose mission is to promote, develop and nurture music written for women's voices; to present live performances of the highest quality, representing a broad range of choral literature; to promote new works through commissioning, performing, and recording compositions of our time; to educate, challenge, facilitate, and nurture development of local artists; and to serve as a vital force in the community's artistic life. In a recent review, Edward Ortiz, Arts Editor for the Sacramento Bee, hailed Vox Musica as a 'welcome addition to the music scene,' praising the group's 'stunning clarity,' 'intense color,' and 'delicate touch.' The twelve members of the group include trained choral singers, graduates of music programs at fine colleges and universities, and professional musicians and teachers from throughout the Sacramento area. The group's intimate size, coupled with the wonderful colors and textures of the sounds produced by a women's ensemble, provides the listener an opportunity to experience a type of choral singing rarely heard in our community.