Holiday Concert
Resonet In Laudibus – Resounding Joyful Praises

Renaissance and Baroque Holiday Music for Chorus and Brass

Some of the most festive music in all eras was written for the Christmas season! Immerse yourself in the rich vocal music on which some today’s beloved Christmas Carols are based: popular motets for four to eight voices, such as “In dulci jubilo” (Sweet rejoicing), “O magnum mysterium” (O great mystery), and “Resonet in laudibus” (Resounding joyful praises), and instrumental canzonas and toccatas by Italian and German composer: Praetorius, Gabrieli, Handl, Schein, Bassano, Bonelli, and others. And hear some of the familiar chorals from the Christmas Oratorio by the great Johan Sebastian Bach, an expression of joyful expectation and the celebration of Christ’s incarnation – a love story between God and humanity.

Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 6 pm
St. Paul Church Stockbridge, MA

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Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 4pm
Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT

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For the concert on December 10th in Stockbridge, there will be a light show by Joe Wheaton creating a special multi-sensory experience.

The outdoor light show will be free to all.   In case of bad weather the light show will not take place. St. Paul’s church is asking for donations to:

Lee Food Pantry,
PO Box 335,
Lee, MA 01238-0335.

The performers are Crescendo Chorus, with solo soprano Jordan Rose Lee, The Berkshire Brass: Peter Bellino and Brian Kanner, trumpets, and David Wampler and William Carr, trombones, conducted by Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert from the organ.

These performances are underwritten by Stephen Ketterer and Ignacio Ramirez of Sharon, CT. Support has also been provided to Crescendo from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

A Story of Hope 
In the Voice of the New World

Festive vocal and instrumental music from Colonial Latin America

Voices and instruments bring alive Hispanic Renaissance polyphony from late 16th to early 17th cent. music manuscripts, found in convents of Northwest Guatemala, and vocal and instrumental music from the Peruvian Martinez Comapañón Codex.

The “Latin American mss. Guatemala music manuscripts” are a collection of vocal works of Spanish and Indigenous Renaissance compositions from c. 1570 to 1635 that were used in the villages of Santa Eulalia, San Juan Ixcoi, and San Mateo Ixtatan in the comune of Huehuetenango in northwest Guatemala. Some works were written by native Mayans, and others were brought by missionaries and are mostly Spanish works. The “Martínez Compañón Codex”, also called the “Trujillo Codex” is a manuscript that brings together more than 1,400 watercolors and 20 scores, and which was commissioned by Baltasar Martínez Compañón, Bishop of Trujillo between 1780 and 1790. The musical pieces are mostly popular songs and tunes as well as religious songs from northern Peru. While they were mostly composed in European style, many of them show the influence of native rhythms and genres of the Peruvian coast and highlands. The watercolors ilustrate the customs and ways of life of northern Peru, showing dances brought there by the native and African populations that lived in this area during the 18th century.

Performers are soprano Jayne Segedy, tenor José Ignacio Lagos, with a period instrument ensemble directed by Christine Gevert

Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Trinity Church, Lakeville, CT

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Friday, December 30, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Saint James Place, Great Barrington, MA

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Recent Media: Music Across Borders

Christine Gevert Talks About the Program

Interview with Composer PAWEŁ ŁUKASZEWSKI

SINGERS based in the Berkshires are invited to join Crescendo’s Ensembles: Crescendo Chorus, Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, Crescendo Young Artists Program. We have openings for both amateur and paid professional positions in all voice groups. A limited number of scholarships are available. We regularly perform in Lakeville, CT and Great Barrington, MA. Learn more, and schedule and audition by writing to: crescendo@crescendomusic.org

Educational Videos

History and performance of Negro Spiritual and Gospel music – with baritone Jermaine Woodard Jr.!

Join Christine Gevert for a conversation with baritone Jermaine Woodard Jr. all about gospel music!  Recorded: December 9, 2020

Modern Latin American Choral Music with Andean influence

Carlos Boltes Palma, award winning charango and viola player, and expert in Latin American music talks with Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert about the influence of Andean heritage in the choral music of the late 19th and the 20th centuries.

Besides well-known Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, other works will be explored, with special emphasis on Jaime León’s Misa Andina (1981), premiered by Crescendo in the U.S. in 2014.

Photo of Carlos Boltes Palma by: Edward J Parent.

Who is Crescendo?

Who is Crescendo, and what is their story? Join Christine Gevert, Artistic Director of Crescendo, and singers Kathy Drake and Tom Schindler as they share some of their favorite moments from seasons past, and what they’re most looking forward to in this virtual season of music.

This season, Crescendo will be taking our music online in our Virtual Season of offerings!

Through a series of regular videos, culminating in a full program on December 19th at 4pm ET, Crescendo will present some of the greatest choruses, arias and recitatives of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, parts I & II. This season will include “Villancicos” of the Colonial Baroque in South America, by composers such as Juan de Araujo and Matías Durango, and also excerpts of famous Argentinian 20th century’s composer Ariel Ramírez’s Navidad Nuestra. We will also embark this year in exploring a genre and style that we have not yet performed with Crescendo: compositions by black composers, based on the Negro Spiritual and Gospel music.

“Alleluia” from Coronation Anthem HWV 260 by George Frideric Handel
Crescendo Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra, directed by Christine Gevert. October 2019

Excerpt of Act I of Acis y Galatea by Antonio de Literes
Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, soprano Catherine Hancock, and Period Instruments. Co-directed by Salomé Sandoval and Christine Gevert. December, 2019

Allegro from Sonata Op.1 No. 6 by Giovanni Pittoni
Hideki Yamaya, theorbo and Christine Gevert, organ. September 2019

“Sey nun wieder zufrieden, meine Seele” à 8 by Johann Michael Bach
Crescendo Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra, directed by Christine Gevert, May 2019

Excerpts of “West Lake Cycle” by John Myers, commissioned for and premiered by Crescendo Chorus, Speaker and instruments, in 2013.

“Vidi Speciosa” à 6 by Tomas Luis de Victoria
Crescendo Vocal Ensemble, Hideki Yamaya, theorbo and Christine Gevert, organ. February 2020

“Hodie completi sunt” à 8 by Hieronymus Praetorius
Crescendo ‘Virtual’ Vocal Ensemble, directed by Christine Gevert, organ. Recorded remotely and assembled digitally in May 2020

All recordings, except “Hodie completi sunt” are live recordings. All used with permission by the performers. All scores are in the Public Domain, or are used with permission of the editor.

Exploring the Baroque Trumpet

Hear about the history of the Baroque Trumpet from First Trumpet of the Crescendo Period Instrument Orchestra, Christopher Belluscio!

Video Produced by Adam Reinwald – Open Voices, LLC and Sara Langworthy – DeveloPlay, LLC

What are villancicos?

Hear from experts Luciana Kube (singer, philologist) and Paul Feller (musicologist) as they discuss the origin and musical background of the villancico.

Get to know the Baroque Guitar!

Learn about the Baroque Guitar – it’s history and differences from a modern guitar – and hear special guest Hideki Yamaya play a piece on his baroque guitar! Video Produced by: Sara Langworthy, DeveloPlay LLC