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Boston's Back Bay To Host Chorus Pro Musica's Candlelight Christmas At Old South Church

Boston's Back Bay To Host Chorus Pro Musica's Candlelight Christmas At Old South Church

On December 15, Chorus pro Musica, under the direction of Jamie Kirsch, will shift the holiday spirit along Boston's Commonwealth Avenue into high gear with the presentation of their annual holiday classic, "Candlelight Christmas at Old South."

Old South Church in Boston's Back Bay provides a glorious backdrop for the annual holiday event. The evening will feature the chorus singing both a cappella and accompanied by the church's majestic Skinner organ in a program filled with holiday classics, new works and plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along. The evening's program includes, Shawn Kirchner's "Brightest and Best," Terry Halco's "Christmas Eve," Jocelyn Hagen's "Deck the Hall," Dan Forrest's "See Amid the Winter's Snow," and Herbert Bittrich's "Festejo de Navidad."

A selection of traditional and well-loved carols will be included in the program and a grand finale that features "Joy to the World" and "Silent Night." Tickets are $25 - $45, special $10 'under 30' tickets available (in the $25 ticket tier). For more information, visit

Chorus pro Musica's remaining 2017-18 season schedule

March 10, 2018?First Baptist Church, Newton, 8 p.m.
Bingham: The Darkness is no Darkness
Wesley: Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace
Pärt: L'Abbé Agathon
Bach: Cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 140
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms featuring Reginald L. Mobley, countertenor

Elgar: "The Dream of Gerontius" with the Boston Philharmonic
April 20, 2018?Symphony Hall, 8 p.m.
Music set to a mystical poem by the Catholic theologian and Cardinal John Henry Newman about death and final judgment

The chorus was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standards and innovative programming. Over the years, these strengths have led to collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Craig Smith and Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Academy of Music, as well as various opera companies, including Boston Concert Opera, the Opera Company of Boston, and Commonwealth Opera.

The chorus has received two Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. With the Boston Symphony, the chorus performed in several world premieres, including Poulenc's "Gloria" and Britten's "War Requiem." Reflecting its continued commitment to new and rarely heard music, CpM has recently commissioned works from composers such as Andy Vores, James Kallembach, Stephen Feigenbaum, Peter Child, Abbie Betinis and Andrew Rindfleisch, and has presented numerous regional premieres, including that of Roger Ames's "Requiem for Our Time" (subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize) and Guiseppe Verdi's opera "Attila." For more information about CpM, visit

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