Chorale to perform Christmas concert

CHOIR CONCERTS

Fredericksburg Chorale will perform their Christmas concert, Psállite Unigénito Chrísto, “Sing to the Only Begotten Christ,” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.

The concert will be held at the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 601 W. Creek St.

The group is directed by Mark Hierholzer.

Refreshments will be provided afterwards.

Admission is by donation.

The Chorale will sing old world carols that have been arranged by Hierholzer.

“These beautiful carols will be sung in many languages,” Hierholzer said.

Several of the carols included are “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Tannenbaum,” and “The Son of the Virgin.”

Each carol and language tells the story of Christ’s birth. In addition, three older works will be performed. The first will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Komm, Jesu, Komm.” “This moving piece was written in six movements in the early 17th century,” Hierholzer said.

The second piece is Tomás Luis de Victoria’s “Magnificat.” “This Latin renaissance piece sings of God’s glory, forgiveness, and love to all mankind,” according to Hierholzer. The third piece is Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat,” and was also written in the early 17th century.

The concert also features “Psállite” a piece written by Hierholzer. “Psállite” is a very old text, and uses both the Latin and German languages, he explained.

“It beautifully describes the scene of Christ lying in the manger as oxen surround Him, and glorious angels sing,” Hierholzer said.

The Fredericksburg Chorale is a nonprofit organization that meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the basement of Bethany Lutheran Church.

“We welcome all who are interested in singing to come and join us,” the director said. “We sing passionately with all our energy about beauty, life and truth.”

Rehearsals start Jan. 8, 2018.

For more information, call 830-307-4755, or email markhierholzer@gmail.com.

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