Art and About
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is just beginning for River Oaks ChamberOrchestra
We have all been plagued by the overuse of what some may call holiday music for six weeks, and for some, even longer. It is possible that this so called music has faded into the background as we enlist all our strength to ignore that which accompanies the season to be jolly. But a closer look at one popular English carol makes us do a double take. What on earth does a partridge in a pear tree have anything to do with Christmas?
Although for most of us the holiday seems to come to an abrupt end after the opening of the presents, the overindulgence over sugary baked treats and spending time with our lovely families, the " Twelve Days of Christmas" tells a different story.
The first day of the tune actually takes place today on December 25. Though the origins of the carol are in question, it is the symbology that encouraged an"art and about" investigation ending in a performance of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra'sAmahl and the Night Visitors by composer Gian Carlo Menotti on Jan 6.