The Seasons of Christmas
December 10, 11 and 12
To make your holidays merry, Cantabile Chorale (formerly the Guild Chorus)
offers beautiful music for the seasons of Christmas, juxtaposing Renaissance
masters with composers of our own time.
¨ for the Advent season
pairing Josquin Desprez with Trond Kverno
and T. L. Victoria with Herbert Howells
¨ for the Christmas season
pairing Andrea Gabrieli with Enrique Ribo
and H. L. Hassler with Healey Willan
¨ for the Epiphany season
pairing Jakob Handl with Alice Parker
and Francisco Guerrero with Sanford Dole
"Fall has arrived, and the Cantabile Chorale is hard at work
preparing for our December concert set, The Seasons of Christmas. As our
opening program this year were presenting a full-on Christmas concert, and
its going to knock your socks off!
The program is the culmination of years of planning on my part. Ive
sung in many candlelight-style Christmas concerts since . . . Well,
virtually every year since I was a small child. And Ive often thought about
what such a concert would be like if I were the one planning it. Running
parallel with those musings, Ive also thought of what would be on a
Christmas recording if I could make one. So, as the years have passed,
singing these concerts and listening to countless Christmas CDs, Ive been
storing up my favorites in a mental file.
I have my Renaissance favorites and then all of my 20th-century
favorites. Rather than just divide the program into an early music half and
a contemporary half, I felt it made more sense to group the pieces by their
texts. The Seasons of Christmas, therefore, tells the familiar story of
Christs birth in six stages. Ive named the two for the season of Advent
The Angel Gabriel and In Praise of Mary. From there, we move on to
Christmas with A Boy is Born, The Shepherds and In the Stable and
finally to Epiphany with The Kings.
Each of those six sets consists of three or four pieces mixing
Renaissance composers with modern composers, and as we travel through the
seasons, it will be interesting to hear how the old music informs the new,
and vice versa. Along the way youll hear Josquin Desprez next to Englishman
Herbert Howells, the Spanish Renaissance master Francisco Guerrero with
Canadian Healey Willan, and Slovene Jacob Handl followed by American Alice
Parker. Youll also hear delightful works from Catalonia, Norway, and
Poland, as well as an original by yours truly. The book ends that begin and
end the concert are both lively, 21st-century works interpreting medieval
carols. Whats more, well record this program as a CD to be released next
year. With our renewed focus on growth, we take this exciting step of making
our first commercial recording to achieve greater community presence and
Its a new era for us, and Im sure youll want to be a part of it.
So make plans now to attend one of our concerts on December 10, 11 or 12. If
you can arrive a half-hour early, youll hear me talk a bit more about how I
put this program together. And during intermission you can place your
advance order for our CD of the show.
I look forward to seeing all of you in your Christmas finery.
Cheers!" - Sanford Dole
Locations, Times and Tickets
Friday, December 10 at 8:00
St. Gregory of Nyssa Church
Saturday, December 11 at 8:00
First United Methodist Church
Palo Alto (just off University Ave)
Sunday, December 12 at 7:30
St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Ave
Season subscriptions 20% discount off of regular single ticket pricing.
$25 students special $15 rate underwritten by generous donor!
$10 students special $6 rate underwritten by generous donor!
All seating general. Preview lectures 1/2 hour before concert delivered by
Sanford Dole and Audrey Wong.
To order tickets: call 650-424-1410, email info@...
. We accept
Visa and MC.
Sonja Wohlgemuth, Executive Director
Cantabile Choral Guild (formerly Baroque Choral Guild)
Cantabile Chorale (adult chorus)
Cantabile Youth Singers
953 Industrial Ave, Suite 118
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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