The Christmas Story

Hugo Distler’s Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (“The Christmas Story”) is one of the rare large-scale masterpieces for unaccompanied chorus to emerge from the twentieth century. Composing in mid-century Germany, Distler integrated elements of medieval style into his nevertheless modern musical language. Die Weihnachtsgeschichte recounts the Biblical story with a featured role for solo tenor. The other shorter works on this concert give glimpses of the Christmas story with an unusual twist, whether it be from the point of view of Joseph, an adolescent Jesus teased by other children, the shepherds regretting the holy family’s departure, or worshipful oxen in their Victorian stable.

  • Hugo Distler: Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

  • Michael Praetorius: Psallite, unigenito

  • David Willcocks: The Cherry Tree Carol

  • Jessica French: The Oxen

  • Gustav Holst: In the bleak midwinter

  • Hector Berlioz: The Shepherds’ Farewell (arranged by Bronwyn Edwards)

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Crown of Roses

  • Anonymous, from Piæ cantiones: Gaudete

Saturday, December 14, 2019

7:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Cross
11526 162nd Ave NE
Redmond, Washington

Sunday, December 15, 2019
3:00 p.m.

Eastside Bahá'í Center
16007 NE 8th St
Bellevue, Washington