BACH CHRISTMAS

DEC 3 + 4 + 5

Overview

Delight in holiday music by Bach and Gabrieli, brilliantly performed—as it was meant to be heard—and led by Raphaël Pichon, acclaimed director of the Paris-based ensemble Pygmalion, in his H+H debut. You’ll sense the awe and wonder of the Christmas story as it unfolds with the exultant “Magnificat,” Mary’s rapturous response to hearing that she will bear the Messiah. Gabrieli’s motet “Hodie” transports you to the realm of the angels proclaiming “Gloria in excelsis Deo.” And Bach’s cantata invites you to rejoice in the season!

Location

St. Cecilia Parish, Boston and First Church in Cambridge

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Dates

(Sold Out) Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:30PM at St. Cecilia Parish, Boston
(Sold Out) Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 7:30PM at First Church in Cambridge
(Sold Out) Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 4:00PM at First Church in Cambridge

These performances have very limited seat availability. Please check online frequently, or contact our Box Office, as tickets may become available as the concert approaches. If you would like to add your name to our wait list, please call our Box Office with your deposit, 617.266.3605.

Music

J.S. Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
G. Gabrieli: “Hodie Christus natus est” (“Christ is Born Today”)
J.S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 110, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (“May our Mouth be Full of Laughter”)
CPE Bach: Heilig, Wq. 217

Performed by

Raphaël Pichon, conductor
Lauren Snouffer, soprano
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano
Zachary Wilder, tenor
Christian Immler, bass-baritone
H+H Orchestra and Chorus

Concert Length

The concert runs 1 hour 20 minutes with no intermission.

Musically Speaking Concert Preview

During this Concert Preview, learn about the celebratory cantata by JS Bach, Unser Mund sei voll Lachens (“May our Mouth be Full of Laughter”), to be performed during our Bach Christmas concerts on December 3 + 4 + 5. Beautiful arias, especially supported by the violins and oboes, bring the Christmas story to life.

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Program Book

Read all about this concert’s music and musicians in the program book.

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Handel and Haydn Society’s ‘A Baroque Christmas’ notched some pretty high rankings in the celestial ether.

– The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Handel and Haydn Society’s ‘A Baroque Christmas’ notched some pretty high rankings in the celestial ether.

– The Boston Musical Intelligencer


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