Center for Old Music

The Center for Old Music

A Handeful of Christmas Delights

Monday, Dec 15 2014 at 8:00 PM
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
2025 Bellefonte Rd.
Admission by donation

Through the centuries Christians have relished telling the story of the first Christmas. In 15th century Germany, the poet imagined Mary walking in the thorny forest until at long last she bears the child Jesus. And the musician sang the tenderest lullaby to those words. Medieval England sang glowingly, “Ther is no rose of swych vertu / as is the rose that bare Jhesu.” The late Renaissance Frenchman Guillaume Costeley could hardly contain his glee with bounding music in “Allons, gai bergeres” (“Come gaily, shepherds”… to see the little king).

And the folk idiom is followed time and again with the art of counterpoint, weaving such themes as “Dixit Maria” (Maria speaks to the angel Gabriel) (Hans Leo Hassler), “Hodie Christus natus est” (“Today Christ Is Born”) (Jacob Handl) and “Exsultate justi” (“Exult in the Lord, Ye Righteous”) (Ludovico Viadana). Instruments also exult in myriad ways with Jacopone da Todi, Johannes Ciconia, Peter Philips and others.

Musick’s Company delights in offering these delicacies and many more on Monday, December 15, 8 p.m., at St. Michael’s. We would love to have your company as we again tell the age-old story in music.

Original artwork by Laura Mentor

We continue to honor the memory of our founding director, Donna Boyd, as we celebrate over 35 years of joyful music making.