World Premiere by James Kallembach The Tryal and Examination of Old Father Christmas: A Masque for Choir and Organ At Old South Church, Friday, December 19
This year's Candlelight Christmas concert will present an intriguing world premiere.
Titled The Tryal and Examination of Old Father Christmas: A Masque for Choir and Organ, the piece is a newly commissioned work for chorus SATB, soli, organ and gavel by composer James Kallembach.
Award-winning, highly regarded composer and conductor James Kallembach is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Chicago and his chamber music and choral works have been performed throughout the United States and Canada, from San Diego to Chicago to New York.
"I am honored to write for this stellar choir with a great history under talented new leadership," states Kallembach
is mesmerized by these early Puritan settlers of Boston and their rigid ways of outlawing Christmas and in fact, all holidays.
Additional text used by Kallembach
is from The Bay Psalm Book, of which Old South Church
has owned 3 original copies, one of which Old South
sold at auction at Sotheby's New York for $14,165,000 in 2010.