The Canterbury Choral Society's concert, presenting Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium) brings to New Yorker's one of the most venerable concerts of all time on Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m. at the Church of the Heavenly Rest located at 1085 Fifth Avenue at 90th Street.
The CCS artistic director Jonathan de Vries will conduct the Canterbury Choral Society and full orchestra, with a cast of soloists, in the Bach Christmas Oratorio consisting of cantatas that resonate with the Christmas season.
Bach composed the "Christmas Oratorio" in 1734, for two Leipzig Churches, St. Thomas and St. Nicholas, for which he served as music director. Bach intended the Oratorio for performances in church during the Christmas season. Now, some 285 years later the Canterbury Choral Society similarly ushers in the holiday season with this glorious Oratorio, its cantatas and timeless story.
EACH OF THE CANTATAS HAS ITS OWN STORY, AND ITS OWN SOUND: Each part is a cantata for 1 of 6 feast days within the twelve days of the Christmas season. The Story begins with the birth of Jesus:
PART I Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage, Cantata for Christmas Day.
PART II Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend, Cantata for the second day of Christmas.
PART III Herrscher des Himmels, erhore das Lallen, the shepherds. Cantata for third of Christmas.
PART IV Falit mit Danken , Falit mit Loben describes the naming and circumcision of Jesus, Cantata for New Year.
Part V Ehre sei, dir, Gott, gesungen, is Cantata for the Sunday after New Year (Not sung ll/24)
PART VI Herr, wenn die stoizen Feinde schnauben, Cantata for Epiphany describes the Three
Kings, or Magi for the first Saturday after New Year.
THE CANTERBURY CHORAL SOCIETY'S CONCERT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, IS
A VICARIOUS MUSICAL STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE THAT SETS THE TONE FOR THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
TICKETS: $25 general admission, $20 seniors and $10 students. Order on line at www.canterburychorare.org.