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December 2018

Early Music Seminar: A Christmas Messe

December 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, 20003 United States
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Robert Eisenstein, Folger Consort co-Artistic Director, leads a lively seminar that offers a sneak peek at the music performed by Folger Consort in its upcoming concerts, A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music. On-stage at the Folger Shakespeare Library, December 14-23. Seminar includes a wine reception. Music discussed includes holiday music from medieval England through to the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Meravelha Presents: Midwinter Light

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street
Plymouth, 02360 United States
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Join Meravelha for an evening in celebration of the winter solstice, featuring music, readings and imagery from the Medieval era. Our program includes pieces from the Cantigas de Santa Maria, Dufay and Hildegard Von Bingen, as well as settings of Middle English texts by local favorite John Fleagle. The evening will surely leave you in a spirit to settle in and enjoy the long dark nights as we approach midwinter. With thanks to the Plymouth Public Library for hosting this event!

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Chatham Baroque presents Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World

December 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St. Nicholas Church, 24 Maryland Avenue
Millvale, PA 15209 United States
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$10 – $30

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times. With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano); and Danny Mallon (percussion)

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The Baltimore Consort at Trinity-Pawling School

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Trinity-Pawling School, 700 Route 22
Pawling, 12564 United States
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Performing Wassail, Wassail! Music for the Yuletide Season, featuring José Lemos on vocals

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Praetorius Christmas Vespers

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on December 16, 2018 at 3:30pm


One of Toronto’s beloved Christmas traditions returns! Singers, violins, cornetti, sackbuts, theorbos and keyboards grace the balconies and stage, as we recreate the joy of Christmas Vespers as it might have been heard under the direction of Michael Praetorius in 17th-century Germany. In the spirit of the season, the audience and Consort join musical forces in singing favourite early Christmas carols. A sell-out in previous seasons, this is a yuletide celebration not to be missed!

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A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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$40 – $50

Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration. In the Newberry Consort’s upcoming program, “A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets,” nearly 30 musicians will recreate this vivid scene! This sumptuous program will feature a choir of women’s…

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A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music

December 14 @ 8:00 pm - December 23 @ 8:00 pm
Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, 20003 United States
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Folger Consort performs seasonal music from the English tradition. The program includes the earliest medieval carols, stunning vocal works from the Renaissance and Baroque by such composers as William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, and later arrangements of favorites like "Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Scenes from the Folger Shakespeare Library's 1619 manuscript A Christmas Messe offers lively interludes. An ensembles of voices joins instrumentalists Robert Eisenstein, Christopher Kendall, Daniel Meyers, Mary Springfels, Webb Wiggins.

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Chatham Baroque’s PB and Jams: Sing we Noel

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 11:30am, repeating indefinitely

Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, 15206 United States
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$5 – $8

Especially for preschool children and their accompanying grown-ups, Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance, and games. Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd joins Andrew, Patty, and Scott, and a variety of special guests for Saturday morning musical adventures that are lively, educational — and fun!

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Christmas with the Bach Family

December 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116 United States
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$30 – $35

Features J.C.F. Bach’s rarely performed oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with arias from Christmas cantatas by other Bach family members.

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December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue & 112th Street
New York, NY, NY 10025 United States
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$20 – $40

Early Music Foundation Presents   Early Music New York Frederick Renz, Director   COLONIAL CHRISTMAS The Grand Tour England & the Colonies   EM/NY’s annual holiday appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine are perennial sold-out events. Dr. Renz presents stirring 18th-century New England shape-note anthems and hymns heartily sung by his men’s vocal ensemble, generously spiked with English country dance tunes played by a lively band of fiddle, flute, and bass.   Saturday, December 15 at 7:30…

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