Chorale San Miguel Christmas 2021
NOTE: Though this is an outdoor event, face masks are still required for all attendees. It is recommended that only vaccinated persons attend, but proof of vaccination will not be required.
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View from the Loft area
Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Wachet auf (“Sleepers Awake!”) is one of the composer’s most famous and beautiful works. It derives from an uplifting 16th century Lutheran hymn written to commemorate a German town’s emergence from a devastating epidemic. How appropriate, then, that Malcolm Halliday, the artistic director of Chorale San Miguel, has chosen the Bach cantata as the centerpiece of a joyful comeback concert for the holiday season. The concert, with choral singers, soloists, and small orchestra, will also feature the Magnificat of Francesco Durante, along with motets, carols, villancicos, and other uplifting seasonal music.
Since its founding in 2019, Chorale San Miguel has presented all its concerts at the Templo de la Tercera Orden, the magnificent 17th century temple that adjoins the San Francisco Church, on the corner of San Francisco and Juarez. In its sold-out Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah concerts in late 2019, the large chapel within the temple was the performance area.
But with the current pandemic not yet eradicated, Chorale is performing in a different part of the temple: the main cloister, a commodious outdoor space within four walls. The result is enhanced Covid safety without sacrificing good natural acoustics. All seats are numbered and reserved, and spaced apart. The cloister has a ground floor and also a second floor loft, which necessitates a walk up a wide staircase with a banister, but offers superb sight lines and sound.
December 19, 2021 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
San Miguel Playhouse