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Classical music: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir performs a varied holiday concert of all-classical music this Saturday night

By Jacob Stockinger The Ear has received the following notice to post: The Wisconsin Chamber Choir (below) will perform “O Wondrous Mystery” this coming Saturday night, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bethel Lutheran Church , 312 Wisconsin Ave., in Madison. Tickets are $15 (for students, $10) in advance; $20 ($12) at the door. Advance tickets are available from , via Brown Paper Tickets, or at Orange Tree Imports and Willy Street Coop (East, West and North locations). Explore the magic and mystery of the holiday season with the Wisconsin Chamber Choir, whose program highlights the beloved Latin chant ”O magnum mysterium” in musical settings by Tomas Luís de Victoria and Francis Poulenc . (You can hear Poulenc’s setting, conducted by the legendary Robert Shaw, in the YouTube video at the bottom.) Rounding out the performance are the remainder of Poulenc’s Four Christmas Motets along with seasonal works spanning five centuries by William Byrd, Heinrich Schütz , Johannes Brahms , Herbert Howells and Bob Chilcott , plus the world premiere of “Methinks I See a Heavenly Host” by Peter Bloesch (below). The 50-voice choir will be joined by organist Mark Brampton Smith (below top) of Grace Episcopal Church, and Madison Symphony Orchestra trombonist and program annotator J. Michael Allsen (below bottom, in a photo by Katrin Talbot), who will accompany the Schütz selections on the sackbut, the Renaissance ancestor of the trombone. Founded in 1998, the Madison-based Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; a cappella masterworks from six centuries; and world premieres. Robert Gehrenbeck (below), who heads the choral program at the UW-Whitewater , is the Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s artistic director. Tagged: a cappella , ancestor , Artistic director , Arts , Bach , Baroque , Bethel Lutheran Church , Bob Chilcott , Brahms , Byrd , chant , Choir , choral music , chorus , Christmas , church , Classical music , composer , Early music , Grace Episcopal Church , Heinrich Schütz , Herbert Howells , Holiday , Jacob Stockinger , Johannes Brahms , Latin , Madison , Madison Symphony Orchestra , motet , Mozart , Music , mystery , O magnum mysterium , oratorio , Orchestra , organ , Peter Bloesch , Poulenc , program notes , Renaissance , Robert Gehrenbeck , Robert Shaw , sackbut , Schütz , Singing , Tomas Luis de Victoria , Trombone , United States , University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music , University of Wisconsin–Madison , UW-Whitewater , vocal music , Wisconsin , Wisconsin Chamber Choir , wondrous , world premiere , YouTube

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