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A Baroque Christmas Story

Folger Consort’s annual holiday concert

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Dates & Tickets

Dates Fri, Dec 15 – Fri, Dec 22, 2023

Venue Folger Theatre

Duration 1 hour 45 minutes, with intermission

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Celebrate the season with Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story)!

This grand 17th-century oratorio is a rarely performed musical telling of the Nativity story—complete with angels, shepherds, and wise men. Scored for chamber choir and a colorful ensemble of winds and strings, it is 45 minutes of deeply stirring and beautiful music.

For Folger Consort’s annual holiday concert, this early Baroque masterpiece is accompanied by equally moving Advent music by Schütz’s elder contemporary, Michael Praetorius, a composer whose Christmas music is still popular and beloved today, including such favorites as “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, how a rose e’er blooming)”.

With Baroque ensemble, vocal soloists, and chamber choir.