Illustration by Dennis Bolt

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

December 9–12, 2021

The perfect start to the holiday season, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio combines the drama of an oratorio with the religiosity of a cantata, resulting in a piece of astonishingly vivid musical color and intensity of emotion—and sure to be thrillingly realized by the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale.

BACH Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Richard Egarr, conductor
Lydia Teuscher, soprano
Avery Amereau, contralto
Gwilym Bowen, tenor
Ashley Riches, bass-baritone
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale

Egarr...heightened every moment of drama and evoked a sense of magic."

Financial Times

About Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

The perfect start to the holiday season, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio combines the drama of an oratorio with the religiosity of a cantata, resulting in a piece of astonishingly vivid musical color and intensity of emotion—and sure to be thrillingly realized by the award-winning Philharmonia Chorale.

A top-drawer cast, many making their PBO debuts, is led by Music Director Richard Egarr for an unmissable highlight of PBO’s season.

The Music

BACH Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248

Program Notes

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

THU 12/9/21
8:00 p.m.
Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
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FRI 12/10/21
7:30 p.m.
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
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SAT 12/11/21
8:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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SUN 12/12/21
4:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church, Berkeley
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