On Sunday, the Denton Bach Society presents one of J.S. Bach’s most magnificent choral celebrations of the holiday season. The Christmas Oratorio (Das Weihnachts-Oratorium) is less somber than some of the composer’s more serious religious contemplations of Jesus’ birth because Bach borrowed popular non-religious tunes for many of this piece’s melodies. An oratorio tells a story through singing much like an opera does, but the work is not staged or acted. In this enormous undertaking (the entire piece takes nearly three hours to perform) Denton Bach Society’s choir, soloists and players will depict the nativity story from Christ’s birth to the adoration of the shepherds and magi. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to hear this masterpiece in its entirety. The concert takes place on UNT’s campus at the Murchison Performing Arts Center in the Winspear Hall. Tickets are $20 or $12 for students and seniors. More information at dentonbach.com.
Sun., Dec. 9, 2012