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The Choral Art Society of New Jersey

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed


The winter of 2010-2011 will long be remembered for cold and snow, and yet in the midst of all the cold and snow there will be a warm, bright spot when The Choral Art Society of New Jersey performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Cantatas 1, 2 & 3 on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 8:00 The Presbyterian Church in Westfield located at the corner of Mountain Avenue and East Broad Street.


James S. Little, Musical Director of the Society, will conduct the evening’s performance.  

Soloists are Ellen Goff Entriken, soprano; Jeffrey Mandelbaum, alto; Stephen Sands, tenor and Mark Watson, bass.  The Choral Art Society Orchestra will accompany the chorus.  Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and students, at the door. 


For information call 908-654-5737 or visit our web site



Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio was taken from the Bible, texts according to the Gospels of St. Luke (Chapter 2, Verse 1 and Verses 3-21) and St. Matthew (Chapter 2, Verses 1-12);and in addition, texts from church hymns and madrigalesque works, which possibly were written by Christian Friedrich Henrici (aka Picander).

The date of writing was in 1734, Leipzig. The first performance was on the Christmas and New Year holidays of December 24, 1734 to January 6, 1735, in the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicolas in Leipzig.

Johann Sebastian Bach, (1685-1750), was a Baroque German composer and organist, born in Eisenach, Germany.  He was a contemporary of George F. Handel.  Bach's other oratorios include: St John Passion (1722-23), The St. Matthew Passion (1728-29), and Easter Oratorio (1725)

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