Rejoice! A Musical Christmas Celebration

Thursday 8th December, 2022

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Ami Hewitt, Soprano
Sharon Carty, Alto
Gavan Ring, Tenor
Rory Dunne, Bass
David Leigh, Organ
Goethe Ensemble and Choir
Conductor John Dexter

George Frideric Handel  Rejoice greatly
Johann Kuhnau  Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Major organ work
European carols:
            O come, all ye faithful
            Bí, Íosa Im Chroíse
            Na Jordans'kij ricci (Kyrylo Stetsenko, Ukrainian)
            Stille Nacht
Heinrich Schuetz  Ein Kind ist uns geboren SWV 384
Johann Sebastian Bach  Jauchzet, frohlocket! Auf, preiset die Tage, Cantata One of the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248

Rejoice, Shout for Joy – Jauchzet, frohlocket – are the first words sung by the choir in JS Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. During Christmas season this is a particularly fitting title for a concert of classical choral favourites, particularly celebrating notable anniversaries of Heinrich Schuetz (1585-1672) and Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722), Bach’s predecessor as Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.

Presented by the Goethe Choir

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