Christmas with the Folger Consort

A Virtual Concert

This concert has ended.
December 11, 2020 – January 05, 2021

For its annual holiday concerts, the Consort rejoices with a mix of Yuletide favorites. The rippling counterpoint of J.S. Bach’s Wachet auf (Sleepers Wake), composed during his time in Leipzig, is heard alongside Michael Praetorius’s wonderful setting of the same 16th-century Advent text from a century earlier. Complementing the joyous German holiday fare are Christmas classics from the English and American traditions, including festive carols by 18th-century American choral composer William Billings. With vocal quartet, winds, strings, and continuo.

This concert will be presented virtually and will be available on-demand December 11 through January 5.

Your ticket value will directly support Folger Consort.  Select the suggested price that you are able to spend (one ticket per household).  Tickets for our holiday concert are traditionally $52 per individual.  Please consider the number of individuals in your household who will be watching.


Cantata BWV140, Wachet auf, by J. S. Bach*

Holiday favorites by Michael Praetorius: In dulci jubilo, Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, En natus est Emmanuel

Music from Michael Praetorius's TerpsichoreBransles doubles, Spagnoletta, Philov, Pavan de Spaigne, Three Volte

English and American holiday music: A Virgin Unspotted and Bethlehem by William Billings; Remember O Thou Man by Thomas Ravenscroft; Sweet was the Song the Virgin SungGreensleeves

*In response to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, originally announced programming which included Telemann's Water Music Suite has been modified. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Consort has also chosen to omit the opening movement of the Bach cantata; it is replaced by a setting of the same text by Michael Praetorius.

Read through the program below or PDF icon click here to download a PDF version.

Who's Who

Artistic Director
Crossley Hawn
Artistic Director
Paula Maust
Margaret Owens
Oboe, Recorder