Handel and Haydn Society to Celebrate Holiday Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate the holiday season with Bach Christmas.

The concerts, which will be held on Dec. 3, 4, and 5, will feature Raphaël Pichon conducting the Orchestra and Chorus in Gabrieli’s “Hodie Christus natus est,” J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, and Cantata, BWV 110, “Unser Mund sei voll Lachens, and CPE Bach’s Heilig, Wq. 217.”

The centerpiece of the performance will be J.S. Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243, which is considered one of the composer’s most popular choral works. Meanwhile, Gabrieli’s “Hodie Christus natus est” was written for two choruses. Additionally, this performance will feature the company premiere of J.S. Bach’s Cantata, BWV 110, “Unser Mund sei voll Lachens.”

In a press release, David Snead, President and CEO of the Handel and Haydn Society said, “Bach Christmas is the perfect way to connect with the joyous spirit of the holiday season. These sparkling Baroque gems will shine when performed by the H+H Orchestra and Chorus, with all the brightness of when they first were penned.”

The Dec. 3 will be held at the St. Cecilia Parish in Boston and the Dec. 5 will be held at the First Church in Cambridge, MA. The third performance on Dec.5 will also be at the first Church in Cambridge.