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December 2018

Music at Morris-Jumel Annual Holiday Concert

December 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY, 10032 United States
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$25

The Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s historic 1765 house, will be hosting its annual Holiday Concert with soprano Sara MacKimmie, violinist Jeremy Rhizor, viola da gambist Arnie Tanimoto, and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky. Featured on the program will be works by Couperin (in celebration of his 350th birthday), Bach, and others, including Boismortier’s festive seasonal cantata “Winter.”

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Handel’s Messiah: In Its Original Version as Premiered in Dublin, 1742

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, 23 S. 38th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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$29 – $49

Handel’s choral masterpiece as he first conceived it: intimate, fresh and passionate. Performed by the Tempesta di Mare orchestra, soloists Julie Bosworth, Janna Critz, Jacob Perry and Corbin Phillips, and the choir of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, directed by Daniel Spratlan in Philadelphia.

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

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bond Chapel, 1050 E. 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637 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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Ensemble Correspondances: Pastorale de Noël

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St. Paul Church, Bow & Arrow Streets
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$20 – $70

Pastorale de Noël: Christmas Motets and Advent Antiphons The holiday festivities continue with a sumptuous evening of music for the Christmas season by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Sébastien Daucé and Ensemble Correspondances have immersed themselves in Charpentier’s music, producing uniquely intimate and passionate interpretations that have won them acclaim the world over. Following a spectacularly well-received appearance at our June 2017 Festival, these outstanding singers and instrumentalists make their BEMF concert series début exploring Charpentier’s vividly rendered “pastorals” depicting the shepherds at…

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

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 North Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 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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EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK – COLONIAL CHRISTMAS

December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 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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Chatham Baroque presents Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World

December 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chapel Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232 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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Songs of Anticipation & Rejoicing: Advent Music for Voice & Lute

December 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, 63105 United States
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$10

Soprano Samantha Arten offers a program of 17th-century devotional and sacred music for the Advent season. She will be joined for the concert by Jeffrey Noonan, playing Renaissance lutes and theorbo. The concert will feature works for voice and lute by John Dowland, Thomas Campion and Nicolas Vallet as well as continuo songs with theorbo by Henry Purcell, Claudio Monteverdi and Tarquinio Merula.

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

December 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church, 516 Church St.
Evanston, IL 60201 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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Music Before 1800: Ensemble Correspondances

December 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121st Street
New York, 10027 United States
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$10 – $50

Sébastien Daucé, director and harpsichord Six singers and eight instrumentalists from France Christmas Pastorale Music Before 1800 offers a refreshingly different December program: the Christmas Pastorale by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The work tells the nativity story, blending the shepherds’ naïveté with the gravity of Jesus’ birth. It is performed by the superb Ensemble Correspondances, a relatively young group begun in 2009 that has been called “alarmingly sensual” by the press. It already boasts nine prize-winning CDs.

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