Featuring works on celestial themes, the Fredericksburg Chorale will present its Christmas concert, “A Star in the East,” on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Performances will be at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Halle.
The Avenue Children’s Choir will join the chorale, as well.
Both groups are directed by Mark Hierholzer.
A cantata of American carols, such as “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow” will be sung by both choirs and will be joined by a string quartet.
As well, a composition by Hierholzer, “Harmonies of the World,” will be sung.
Each movement of this work is based on pitches the 16th century astronomer Johannes Kepler derived from the movement of the six known planets of his time, Hierholzer explained.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s motet, “Jesu Meine Freude” will be presented a capella by the chorale.