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Fredericksburg Chorale Christmas Concerts Saturday
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 • Posted December 3, 2008

The Fredericksburg Chorale will present three Christmas concerts on December 6, at St. Joseph’s Hall located at 212 W. San Antonio St. in Fredericksburg. The concerts are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., 3:00 & 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public with donations accepted at the door. Refreshments will be available. More information can be found at 830-997-6869 or www.fredericksburgchorale.com.

The concert will also feature the Chorale Mission Ensemble, a group of local instrumentalists that will accompany the choir and play during intermission.

Each concert will begin with Magnificat by Thomas Tallis followed by O Manum Mysterium by Tomas Luis de Victoria, then a three choir setting of Gloria by Giovanni Gabrieli followed by a setting of The Christmas Story from Luke by Mark Hierholzer. This new piece features sections of the Christmas story punctuated by the singing of well known Christmas carols by the choir and audience.

A generous intermission will follow allowing everyone to enjoy refreshments and conversation while the Chorale Mission Brass Ensemble plays arrangements of Christmas carols by Canadian Brass.

Vivaldi’s Magnificat will begin the second half followed by two pieces by J.S. Bach, O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht, and Dona Nobis Pacem from the B Minor Mass.

This concert will be a festival as we celebrate the birth of Christ through the vibrant music of many centuries.

We’re trying something new this year by opening our 10:00 a.m. dress rehearsal to the public. It will be a complete run through of the concert but at the same time it will be our final rehearsal, so we’ll be working out a few details. Coffee and pastries will be available.

We’d also like to welcome anyone who will be out of town on the 6th to come to our final Monday, December 1, rehearsal at Zion Lutheran Church at 7:00 p.m.

The Fredericksburg Chorale is in its twenty-third year and is directed by Mark Hierholzer. A community choir open to all ages, singers in the Chorale come from six hill country communities and meet weekly to rehearse new compositions and classic choral works. In addition, the Chorale Mission instrumental ensemble is open to all musicians interested in learning newly composed instrumental music.

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