December 5, 2008
1:30 - 6 PM
Yale university - New haven, ct
Rosenfeld Hall, 109 Grove st.
Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio is not only one of the greatest compositions celebrating the birth of Jesus, but it is also an integral part of Christmas as a cultural event. Preceding a performance of the Oratorio in its entirety on Dec. 6 and 7, the Institute of Sacred Music is hosting a symposium with the title The Christmas Oratorio in Context.
In five lectures, scholars from different disciplines will place Bach's masterwork in its wider cultural and religious context. The talks, which are geared towards a general audience, will explain the biblical and pagan origins of Christmas, and explore the reception of the feast in music and the visual arts. One of the leading questions is how not only Bach's but our own understanding of Christmas came into being.
Jean & Markus Rathey
Yarbro Collins (Yale)
Interpretation of the Birth of Jesus in Matthew and Luke
Roll (Saint Paul University)
Its Roots and Its Wings
A. Leaver (Princeton, visiting at Yale)
J. Gill (University of Maryland)
Us See This Word That Has Come to Pass": The Nativity in
the Visual Arts
the Angels Learned to Sing “Jingle Bells”: Christmas
of Bach's Christmas Oratorio by Yale Camerata,
Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor
December 6, 2008
pm Preconcert talk by Markus Rathey, Dwight Chapel
pm Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas I - III), Battell
December 7, 2008
pm Preconcert talk by Markus Rathey, Joseph Slifka Center
pm Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas IV - VI), Battell