Scott Metcalfe, director
Twelve-voice choir, five-part violin band, cornets and sackbuts
Christmas in Baroque Germany: Praetorius, Scheidt, Schein
In a city that offers abundant holiday concerts, here’s one destined to stand out for its exuberance: Grammophone Award-winning Blue Heron is joined by a violin band and the spirited brass of the Dark Horse Consort. The program features works by the farseeing Praetorius, who combined the color of Italian music with the rich tradition of Lutheran chorales. A highlight will be settings of the advent hymn, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland.
Post-concert Q and A
“At once cerebral, sensitive, and sensual, the ensemble exhibited perfect blend and balance in various configurations, all the more remarkable as the individual voices are by no means uniform…. Each contributed unique character and coloration.” —The Boston Musical Intelligencer