Wed 12/6 @ noon
“Hodie Christus Natus Est.” So begins Benjamin Britten’s 12-part song cycle A Ceremony of Carols.
For those tired of overplayed holiday pop standards like “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Winter Wonderland,” the British composer’s 1942 piece is a welcome change of pace. It’s based on medieval carols in archaic English with flourishes of Latin, written for female (or children’s) voices and harp.
Announcing itself and wrapping up with the plainchant-style “Hodie,” it wends its way through tunes like the bright “Wolcom Yole!” and loving tributes to Christ’s mother, “There Is No Rose” and “As Dew in Aprille.”
The women of the Trinity Cathedral Choir have made a performance of the Ceremony of Carols their own holiday tradition; Jody Quinn plays the harp accompaniment.
It’s part of the free weekly Brownbag concerts series. Bring your lunch or buy one at the Cathedral for $7. In addition, there will be a pop-up art show featuring work by John Davis.