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A Baroque Christmas in Rome
Thu, December 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, under the direction of David Shuler, with Baroque in the Fields, an orchestra of period instruments, presents “A Baroque Christmas in Rome” on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 8 p.m. at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street. There will be a lecture at 7 p.m.
Rome is a city of magnificent churches, and of those, one of the most beautiful is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. This concert will offer music that might have been heard on Christmas Eve in the basilica in the early years of the 18th century. The centerpiece will be Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Messa per il Santissimo Natale”, a Christmas mass in the Roman polychoral style composed for Santa Maria Maggiore in 1707. The mass, a masterful fusion of Renaissance stile antico and the Baroque stile concertato, is set for nine choral voices and strings. The music perfectly captures the essence of the Christmas narrative, from the joyously dancing violin ritornelli to the quiet reverence of the Nativity scene. The program will also include festive motets by Scarlatti and Giacomo Carissimi, and organ works by Bernardo Pasquini.
Tickets for the concert are $35, and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at bit.ly/stluketix. For further information, ticket sales or reservations, please call 212-414-7440 or write to [email protected]