Christmas carols to take over Bach’s lunch series

Well-loved carols are the theme for the next two installments in the Bach’s Lunch Series of lectures and concerts at the Concord Community Music School.

On Thursday, Dec. 4, composer and conductor Nicholas White will explore the history of the Service of Lessons and Carols in a lecture titled “Christmas Carols: King’s College to Concord.” The following week, on Dec. 11, the soprano trio Trillium, comprised of Peggo Horstmann Hodes, Hannah Murray, and Jane Berlin Pauley, will join with pianist Calvin Herst for a concert titled “O Christmas T(h)ree: New and Traditional Favorites.”

Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. in the school’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St.

Candlelit beauty, age-old carols and compelling readings define the now globally popular Christmas tradition of Lessons and Carols. In his Dec. 4 lecture, composer and conductor Nicholas White, chairman of the Arts and director of Chapel Music at St. Paul’s School, will discuss the English roots of the beloved holiday tradition, tracing it from its beginnings at King’s College Cambridge to its spread worldwide.

Trillium’s Dec. 11 holiday concert will feature new works by two well-known local composers. “O Christmas T(h)ree,” arranged by William Fletcher, is a clever interweaving of familiar Christmas carols. The trio will also perform Steve Schuch’s “Namaste.” Schuch writes, “Namaste acknowledges our unity with one another, and the pine light or spark in all of us.” Other Trillium holiday favorites include “Sing We Noel,” “The Cherry Tree Carol,” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

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Author: tgoodwin

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