Noël: Music for the Season

This is a past concert.

Sat, Dec 9, 2017 / 8pm
First Church, Cambridge

11 Garden Street, Cambridge

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Sun, Dec 10, 2017 / 3pm
Powers Hall, Needham

1471 Highland Avenue, Needham

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Program Notes by David Hoose (PDF)
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Celebrate the holiday season with Cantata Singers! Join us for a concert of radiant seasonal music for chamber chorus and ensemble. The beloved voices of Schütz, Harbison, Holst and Vaughan Williams surround this program’s heart—unusual, and unusually gorgeous, music by Bax and Chadwick. There will be two performances of this special program, the first at First Church, Cambridge, and the second, a Cantata Singers’ debut, at Powers Hall, Needham.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Needham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Counsil, a state agency.


William Byrd: Dies sanctificatus
John Harbison: O magnum mysterium (short setting)
Heinrich Schütz: Supereminet omnem scientiam, SWV 76
Heinrich Schütz: Pro hoc magno mysterio, SWV 77
Heinrich Schütz: Cantate Domino canticum novum, SWV 81

George W. Chadwick: Noël, A Christmas Pastoral, Part I

Gustav Holst: In the Bleak Midwinter
Arnold Bax: Lord, Thou Hast Told Us
Arnold Bax: There is No Rose of Such Virtue
Arnold Bax: Of a Rose I Sing a Song

Basque Traditional, arr. David Hoose: Gabriel's Message
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Hymn Tune Prelude on 'Song 13' (Orlando Gibbons)
Irish Traditional, arr. Hoose: Wexford Carol
English Traditional, arr. Hoose: Sussex Carol