Premiered in April 1742, George Frideric Handel's classic oratorio recounts the entire life of Christ, but it is the Christmas portion that has become a December tradition worldwide. The Houston Chamber Choir will perform this along with Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas). In this setting of the mass, Charpentier draws on the melodies of French Christmas carols, or noëls, from the time of Louis XIV. The concert will also include the fanfare-like effects of Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets in C Major, his only concerto to feature trumpets.
The Church of St. John the Divine
2450 River Oaks Blvd.
Houston, TX 77019
$40 general admission; $36 for seniors.
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