press release: Explore the magic and mystery of the holiday season with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose program highlights the beloved Latin chant O magnum mysterium in musical settings by Tomas Luís de Victoria and Francis Poulenc. Rounding out the performance are the remainder of Poulenc’s Four Christmas Motets along with seasonal works spanning five centuries by William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz, Johannes Brahms, Herbert Howells, and Bob Chilcott, plus the world premiere of Methinks I See a Heavenly Host by Peter Bloesch.
The fifty-voice choir will be joined by organist Mark Brampton Smith of Grace Episcopal Church, and Madison Symphony trombonist and program annotator J. Michael Allsen, who will accompany the Schütz selections on the sackbut, the Renaissance ancestor of the trombone.
Advance tickets are available for $15 ($10 for students) from www.wisconsinchamberchoir.org, via Brown Paper Tickets, or at Orange Tree Imports and Willy Street Coop (East, West, and North locations).
Founded in 1998, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; a cappella masterworks from six centuries; and world-premieres. Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck is the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director.