December 16, 17 & 18, 2011

Heinrich Schütz—Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story)

WARREN STEWART, artistic director

“To hear the music (Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie) performed as brilliantly as it was under the leadership of artistic director Warren Stewart was to marvel all over again at Schütz’s melodic fecundity, his mastery of counterpoint and formal proportions, and especially his distinctive blend of sensuality and sincere religious fervor, unmatched by anyone but Messiaen.”
—Joshua Kosman, SF Chronicle

Magnificat revives its inaugural program centered on Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie (Christmas Story) in honor of its 20th season and SFEMS’s 35th. One of Schütz’s most beloved compositions, the oratorio features colorful instrumentation, dramatic characterizations, and a brilliant role for the Evangelist, making it the most appealing setting of the Christmas narrative from the century before Bach.

With special guests The Whole Noyse and the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols.

Concert Dates & Venues

Friday, December 16, 2011 in Palo Alto
8pm at First United Methodist Church (FUMC)
625 Hamilton at Webster

Saturday, December 17, 2011 in Berkeley
7:30pm at First Congregational Church (FCC)
Dana at Durant
SFEMS Annual Christmas Party Immediately After the Performance

Sunday, December 18, 2011 in San Francisco
7:30pm at St. Marks Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell Street

Single Tickets

  • $35 (General)
  • $30 (Seniors)
  • $28 (SFEMS Members