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The Holidays MOB-Style

The Annunciation by Caravaggio

The Annunciation by Caravaggio

Music of the Baroque’s Holiday Brass and Choral Concert, Friday at 8:00 pm

Christmas has many meanings to many people – as cherished as they are personal. Conductor Paul Agnew appeals to the greater community in Music of the Baroque’s holiday special with a theme that anyone can relate to: a mother and the birth of a child.

The Annunciation is explored through the poignant body of works created during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Through a booming brass ensemble and a magnificent chorus, these composers shared their reactions and praise of Mary. Later in the program, we are reminded of the responsibility Christ was given, even as a newborn: a “government rested upon his shoulders.”

Above all else, this is a season of joy, shown especially in Francis Poulenc’s works, Quem vidistis and Hodie Christus natus est. The program concludes with Gabrieli’s glorious piece, Angelus adpastores ait, filling the audience with a fantastical feeling on what is truly a modest pastoral scene.

Music of the Baroque is composed of a chorus and orchestra of approximately 60 professional musicians who keep active performance schedules around the United States and beyond.


Michael Praetorius: Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen

Jan Sandstrom: Det ar en ros utsprungen

Giovanni Gabrieli: Sonata pian e forte a 8 for brass

Trad.: Ther is no rose of swych vertu

Bach: from Christmas Oratorio, “How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee”

Giovanni Gabrieli: Magnificat

Michael Praetorious: Canzona Solo la sol

Elizabeth Poston: “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree”

Claudio Monteverdi: Ego dormio

Heinrich Schutz: Sei gegrusset, Maria

Herbert Howells: A Spotless Rose

Morton Lauridsen: O magnum mysterium

Hans Leo Hassler: Verbum caro factum est

John Tavener: The Lamb

Trad.: Coventry Carol

Thomas Ravenscroft: Remember, O Thou Man

Giovanni Gabrieli: Angelus ad pastores ait

Claudio Merulo: Canzona ‘L’Olica’ a 4

Trad.: Te Deum laudamus

Michael Praetorious: Es ist ein Ros’ ensprungen

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