Catch some Christmas spirit this weekend with the Yuba-Sutter Master Chorale.  Directed by Kathryn Donovan Campbell, their annual winter concerts feature music by Antonio Vivaldi and Alfred Burt, along with favorite carols, spirituals, and surprises of the season.

The famous Italian Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, composed his exciting Gloria for his students at the music conservatory in Venice, the Seminario musicale dell’Ospitale della Pieta.  The text opens with “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (“Glory to God in the highest”) and continues with “et in terra pax” (“and on earth peace”).  You may recognize this as the song of the angels announcing Jesus’ birth.  The Chorale will be accompanied by a string quartet plus oboe, with soloists Carolyn Steele and Karen Trefzger.

Fast forward more than 200 years for the origins of the Alfred Burt carols.  Created in the 1940s and 1950s, the carols were written and sent as Christmas cards to the family and friends of American composer Alfred Burt, his lyricist father Rev. Bates Burt, and their friend Wihla Hutson.  Eventually, the carols were collected and have been recorded by many artists, including Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole.  The Chorale will be performing a selection of these festive greetings of the season. 

Join the Yuba-Sutter Master Chorale at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at First Lutheran Church, 850 Cooper Avenue, Yuba City, or at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 at Faith Lutheran Church, 1000 D Street in Marysville.  Admission is $10; $5 for children 12 and under.

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