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Discovery 1: Christmas Oratorio, Part I--Oregon Bach Festival

  • Soreng Theater Eugene, OR 97403 (map)

UO Chamber Choir
OBF Orchestra
OBF Baroque Orchestra
Matthew Halls, Helmuth Rilling and Edward Maclary, master teachers

Jae Eun Kim, Hannah Lee, Joseph Baldwin, Ofer dal Lal, Phillip Shoultz, & Shou Ping Liu, conductors

From Christmas Day to Epiphany in the 18th century, the town of Leipzig marked the birth of Jesus and the events surrounding it not with a single feast day, but with six special celebrations. For his Christmas Oratorio, Bach composed a part honoring each celebration: the first three commemorated the birth of Jesus (December 25), the announcement to the shepherds by a host of angels (December 26), and the adoration of the baby by the shepherds (December 27). Each will be closely examined in our annual Discovery Series Lectures.