Joyeux Noël

Looking for Christmas music imbued with mystery and majesty? Search no further than France. Seasonal music by mid-twentieth-century French composers like Poulenc and Villette is richly imbued by harmonies and phrasing that convey a unique sensibility. Sacred works by their prominent contemporaries, Duruflé and Messiaen, further paint the harmonic picture. And this special sound didn’t spring from nowhere. One can even hear it in early Renaissance masters such as Dufay, Ockeghem, and Josquin. This concert mixes the sacred and the secular to bring a broad view of French holiday music. Come to hear the special sounds of a French Christmas.

  • Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium

  • Maurice Duruflé: Quatre motets sur des thèmes grégoriens

  • Francis Poulenc: Un soir de neige

  • Claude Debussy: Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain

  • Pierre Villette: Hymne à la Vierge

  • Guillaume Dufay: Ave regina cælorum

  • Johannes Ockeghem: Ave Maria

  • Josquin des Prez: Ave Maria … virgo serena

  • Francis Poulenc: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël
     

Saturday, Dec. 3

    7:30 p.m.

Live Stream

Church of the Holy Cross

11526 162nd Ave NE 

Redmond, Washington

Sunday, Dec. 4

    3:00 p.m.

Live Stream

Church of the Holy Cross

11526 162nd Ave NE 

Redmond, Washington

Note: In alignment with many local arts and culture organizations, we request that audience members wear masks and practice social distancing throughout the concert. In addition, audience members are expected to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.