The Tudor Choir and Players presents VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS, a family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal songs for choir and brass plus classic seasonal readings made popular by the Victorians.
The concert will open with the popular lighting of the 30-foot Blessed Sacrament Christmas tree.
“The nearest thing one can imagine to a tapestry in sound, with all the intricate interweaving of pitches, colors, shading and density.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Let’s meet in the lobby at intermission. I look like my photo in a red scarf. If you want to sit together I'll be upstairs in the gallery. It's a small area with good sound and it should be easy to find me.
General Seating $30 Please purchase your own ticket at Brown Paper Tickets:
The Tudor Choir's VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS includes carols for choir and brass made popular by the Victorians and the generations they influenced, and seasonal readings from the works of celebrated Victorian authors and poets. Favorite carols, performed by the Tudor Choir and Players, include classics, such as "The first Nowell," "The twelve days of Christmas," "God rest you merry, gentlemen," "We wish you a merry Christmas," and "Good King Wenceslas." Readings, delivered by radio personality Dave Beck, include excerpts from Dickens' A Christmas Carol and Clement Clarke Moore's classic "'Twas the night before Christmas."
In many countries, Christmas combines two traditions: the great ancient mid-winter feast celebrated before the onset of winter and severe weather, and the birth of Christ. The practice of exchanging gifts and of combining these secular and sacred festivities is long established. But in Victorian England and America, Christmas was re-invented to include a number of other traditions that are now assumed to have an unbroken ancestry. Most of the symbols of our modern Christmas, particularly its associations with home, family, community, and seasonal nostalgia including the Christmas carol, the Christmas tree and the Christmas card come from the Victorians.
Music is one of the most powerful essences of Christmas. The music on the Tudor Choir's VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS program reflects both the secular and Christian traditions of Christmas and the way they were merged and reconstituted by the Victorians. Secular and religious carols were sung by adults and children; they sang not only in churches but in homes and on the streets, sometimes accompanied by another invention of the Victorian period, the brass band.