Early Music Guild Presents Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers, December 16 and 18

Posted on December 14, 2015, 12:26 pm
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This week, Seattle’s Early Music Guild will present Michael Praetorius’ Christmas Vespers, a mainstay of the early German Lutheran canon. Performed by ad hoc ensemble Northwest Baroque Masterworks and in collaboration with Early Music Vancouver, EMG’s concert seeks to recreate one of Praetorius’ most famous works in the traditional 17th-century Baroque style.

Conducted by eminent Canadian director David Fallis, the Vespers lineup includes thirteen vocal soloists, an ensemble of traditional Baroque instrumentation and collaboration with Seattle Praetorius Singers. Expect fabulous early performance practice, with the Baroque articulation and authenticity from some of the area’s top interpreters and performers. Audience members with a fondness for caroling will love the opportunity to sing along with Lutheran hymns In dulci jubilo and Geborn ist Gottes Sohnelein, and the evening is sure to leave you uplifted and filled with holiday cheer.

EMG’s Vespers will have two Seattle-area performances. The first, on Wednesday, is in Kenmore at the Bastyr University Chapel; the second will be held on Friday evening at St. James Cathedral downtown. Tickets are $39 for adults, and $20 for students and under-25s; see their website for details.

Early Music Guild Presents Praetorius Vespers

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 7:30 PM: Bastyr University Chapel (14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore)

Friday, December 18, 2015, 8:00 PM: St. James Cathedral (804 9th Ave)

Early Music Guild presents the brilliance and diversity of music from the medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The Guild is a non-profit arts organization which seeks to present outstanding early music performances, expand the community of people who love early music, and foster the next generation of musicians and audience for early music.

Claire Biringer is a Seattle-based music lover, educator and writer. She holds an MA in Music History from University of Washington, where her primary research involved contemporary opera and its social implications. She enjoys using music and writing to build communities and broaden minds.