The Christmas Oratorio, or Weihnachts-Oratorium, is a set of six sacred cantatas, each depicting a different scene from Christâ€™s birth. In this concert Parts 1â€“3 will be performed. The first part (for Christmas Day) describes the birth of Jesus, the second (for December 26) the annunciation to the shepherds, the third (for December 27) the adoration of the shepherds. Each of the cantatas has its own orchestration, and tone, but they are unified by being in the key of D and by the joyful and celebratory emotion that is evident throughout the work.
Gone is the somber mood of the St Matthew Passion. There are bells, trumpets, tympani and joyful choruses throughout. Lutheran hymns play a large part in the Christmas Oratorio, and most of them would have been well known to Bach's audience. This is Bach at his most exhilarating and joyful.
Tickets are $30 general admission and $40 preferred seating. Students 18 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. College students, graduate students and New World Symphony Fellows pay $5. They can be ordered by phone at 305-669-1376 or on line at www.miamibachsociety.org