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Beginnings . . .
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 • Posted November 25, 2009

The December 5th Christmas Concert of the Fredericksburg Chorale features beginnings, impossible to imagine, and comprehended only once they are seen. The first half of the Christmas concert will be part one of Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation.

Haydn, upon visiting London, heard for the first time Handel’s Messiah and was inspired to write his own oratorio or unstaged drama. Haydn chose the story of creation from Genesis as his inspiration. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, Haydn’s music celebrates the birth of the universe, the first creation of which was light. The connection with Christmas is, of course, the birth of the Light of the World. Haydn used as text German translations of the scripture and John Milton. The Chorale will sing the oratorio in English, in an approved version by Haydn. After all, English is the original language of the King James Version and of Milton.

"In the beginning…." These are the first words of Scripture and the first words of John’s Gospel. The second half of the Choral’s Christmas concert is based on the first fourteen verses of the Gospel of John and will feature new compositions by Mark Hierholzer, arrangements of ancient carols also by Hierholzer, and the robust singing of traditional carols by everyone in the house. Even instruments will join in to celebrate the Word becoming flesh, the Light of the world being made manifest in the life of a man.

Our 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts at St. Joseph’s Halle on December 5th will celebrate the Spirit being made material, Light becoming substance, as we know now that it is, and the opening of our eyes each day, each moment, to a new and fresh universe, one that the darkness cannot comprehend.

Fredericksburg Choral’s Christmas Concert comes early in December in order to instill the joyful spirit of the season into all concert participants. Join Fredericksburg Chorale on Saturday, December 5th at St. Joseph’s Halle, 212 W. San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Tx at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Visitors are also welcome at our 10 a.m. rehearsal. Suggested donations for concert goers are $5 for children and $10 for adults.

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