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Christmas in the Americas

California Bach Society

California Bach Society Christmas in the Americas

Artistic director Paul Flight leads the California Bach Society in holiday music from the Americas. From the cathedrals of Lima, Cuzco, and Mexico City we present villancicos and motets by Juan de Araujo and Juan GutiƩrrez de Padilla, alive with rhythms and dance idioms reflecting indigenous cultures. From North America, we perform Christmas shape note hymns by William Billings and others, and Canadian works based on old French tunes. In addition, we will present lovely contemporary carol arrangements by Paul Flight, and a new carol by modern composer N. Lincoln Hanks, written for the California Bach Society. The 30-voice chorus is joined by Paul Psarras, guitar; Tim DeCillis, percussion; and Yuko Tanaka, keyboard.

Additional Dates:
Sat December 14, 2019 8:00pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Palo Alto
Sun December 15, 2019 4:00pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley

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Healey Willan

Hodie Christus Natus Est

William Billings

Judea (A Virgin Unspotted)

Juan Gutierrez de Padilla

A la jacara jacarilla

Gaspar Fernandes

Pois con tanta graca

N. Lincoln Hanks

The Christ-Child Lay in Mary's Lap


Paul Flight


Tim DeCillis