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Sonoma Bach
Christmas with Bach

Various Times
Schroeder Hall

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Sonoma Bach
Christmas with Bach

Sonoma Bach Choir
Live Oak Baroque Orchestra
Directed by Robert Worth

Sat-Sun, Dec 17-18, 2022 - Tickets: $15–$28

Saturday December 17, 8 p.m.
Sunday December 18, 3 p.m.

Bachgrounder 35 minutes before each performance

In 1734, Bach turned his powers in earnest to the Christmas story, revising earlier occasional music and adding new arias, choruses and recitatives to create the Weihnachtsoratorium. For Christmas with Bach, we carve out one of many possible alternatives, drawing from the master’s works of the mid 1720s, especially from his second annual cantata cycle. We’ve chosen to begin not with the Nativity but with the luminous Cantata 1: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, celebrating the Angel Gabriel and the startling news which he brings to the young Mary. We proceed with three additional cantatas—each featuring horns and oboes—which follow the tale through Advent, the Nativity, and a festive New Year.

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