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  • Dates: December 10, 2022
  • Location: Brockman Hall for Opera, Rice University campus
  • Time: Dec. 10
Bach Society Houston welcomes the Christmas season during its 40th-anniversary year with a choral and orchestral performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s rarely performed "Christmas Oratorio." Under the direction of conductor Rick Erickson, the one-and-a-half hour performance is Bach’s glorious musical Nativity story. Richly scored, Bach used a wide variety of instruments including oboes, flutes, trumpets, drums, violin, and continuo. Rising tenor Kyle Stegall returns in the role of The Evangelist. Listeners are enveloped in sound featuring big choral moments juxtaposed with delicate and touching arias. Bach Society Houston performs the first three cantatas of the "Christmas Oratorio" which announce the birth of Christ, the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem to see Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Bach composed the "Christmas Oratorio" in 1734 for the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas in Leipzig, Germany. This story is shared through six cantatas each meant to be performed on a specific day of the Christmas season.