A New World Christmas

European, African, and Native American Currents

December 09 – 11, 2022
Available to stream online through January 5
Pay what you will starting at $20

This program is available for on-demand streaming from December 16, 2022 to January 5, 2023. Click here or the button above to purchase access today.

Most composers in New Spain during the 16th - 18th centuries were originally Spanish, but they drew from many sources for their varied musical styles, including indigenous American and African influences. This extraordinarily colorful, spirited, and diverse music includes a rich repertoire telling the story of Christmas. With an ensemble of singers, harp and guitar, strings, winds, and percussion, the Folger Consort celebrates the fusion of European, American, and African practices that formed a uniquely Latin American music. With special guests, vocal ensemble The Western Wind.

Missed the  Early Music Seminar on Wednesday, December 7 - access to the recording of Early Music Seminar is free for Folger Consort subscribers.

The following playlist offers a preview of the concert. Folger Consort arrangements heard in concert will vary from these recordings.

We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: All attendees are required to wear a mask.Fully vaccinated artists will not be wearing masks while performing. Folger staff will remain masked at all times. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19. Click here for more information on how we are keeping our audience and artists safe.

Who's Who

Artistic Director
Artistic Director
Dan Meyers


Exultate justi in Domino by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (c.1590-1664)

Works by Gaspar Fernandes (c.1570-c.1629): En un portalejo pobre, Pois con tanta graça, Tañe gil u tamborino, Tleycantimo choquiliya, Xicochi conetzintle

Instrumental music by Santiago de Murcia (c.1682-c.1740): Folias Gallegas, Cumbees, Canarios

Music by or based on works of Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz (born c.1650): Improvisations on Zarambeques and Mariones, Españoletas

Works by Juan de Araujo (1646-1712): Por celebrar del infante, Ay andar a tocar a cantar a baylar

Ay, Galagueños by Fabián Ximeno (c.1595-c.1654)

Convidando está la noche by Juan García de Zéspedes (c.1619-1678)

Anonymously composed works from the Trujillo del Peru manuscript: Tonada donosa, Dennos lecencia señores, Niño il mijor que y logrado, Bayle del Chimo, Bayle de danzantes con pifano y tomboril, Lanchas para baylar

Tarara qui yo soy by Antonio Salazar (c.1650-1715)