German Christmas Concert and Reception: Music for the Soul

Geschmückter Christbaum

Geschmückter Christbaum, © dpa

28.11.2018 - Article

Once more it is time to light the candles and stir the mulled wine!  You are invited to breathe in the magic of a traditional German Christmas celebration, Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman in Midtown. 

The Weihnachtskonzert (Christmas concert) will be presented by The Houston Saengerbund and will include beautiful Volksmusik  - music from the Alpine regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland -  as well as traditional songs sung in German, Latin, English and Spanish. 

A 14th century piece, Es ist kein Ros begins the women’s set – a haunting invitation to listen to the magic.  From Susanni  to O Tannenbaum to Weisse Weihnacht, each song captures a sense of joy and wonder. Soprano Virginia Hesse, who recently completed her University of Houston Master’s Program, performs the solo in Balulalow written by Benjamin Britton during World War I.  Julie Moore, a 2008 graduate of Rice’s Master’s program, sings J.S. Bach’s Exultavit from The Magnificat.

Angel Vargas, a men’s chorus soloist, has appeared at the Aspen Opera Theater and Opera Theater of St. Louis.  In Puerto Rico he won the regional Metropolitan Opera competition.  He and Jehu Otero are performing Villencito.  Also joining the Mannerchor this year is Nicholas Newton, from San Diego.

 From its inception in 1883 to the turn of the century there were over a thousand participants in German singing societies in the area. In the earliest years, the Saengerbund was originally a men’s chorus, and the Houston Symphony included many of its members.  Today, the Saengerbund has members from the United States, Korea, Germany, Puerto Rico, Canada and The United Kingdom.  All share a love of great music and fellowship.

The Christmas season is so full of activities, parties and gift-giving, travel, cooking and decorating.  It is easy to forget the source of the celebration:  love, the overarching theme of this year’s concert.  We share our songs with you, and invite you to join us after for a cookie, and a sample of our famous Gluehwein.

This concert is free to the public, but because of the overwhelming popularity of this event in previous years, reservations are recommended as seating is limited (reserve your seats at http://houstonsaengerbund.org/christmas-concert.html).  For more information about The Houston Saengerbund or for questions about the concert, visit www.houstonsaengerbund.org.


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