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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio to be performed Friday

December 4, 2018

The Lyra Baroque Orchestra and Bach Society of Minnesota will join forces to present four sections of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave. NW.

The orchestras will perform Cantatas I, II, IV and VI of Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium (Christmas Oratorio), completing the cycle they began last year. Bach wrote the six-part Christmas Oratorio for Christmas 1734, and intended that each of the six parts be performed on a particular day of the Christmas season. The piece made its debut from Dec. 25, 1734 through Jan. 6, 1735, at St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig.

Part I tells the story of the birth of Jesus, and was written for Christmas Day. Part II, with the angels telling shepherds about the birth, was written for Dec. 26. Part IV was written for New Year’s Day, and Part VI, written for the Epiphany, tells of the arrival of the Magi.

Performing with the Lyra and Bach orchestras will be soprano Sarah Brailey, mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, tenor Nicholas Chalmers and baritone Jonathan Ten Brink.

A pre-concert talk starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and MPR members, $5 for students, available at the door or online at lyrabaroque.org.

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