offered to the city by
VenerandaFabbrica del Duomo and the Milan Municipality
sponsored by Assolombarda
Johann Sebastian Bach
(1685 – 1750)
Christmas Oratorio for soloist recitatives, chorus and orchestra BWV 248
First cantata: "Jauchzet, frohlocket"
Sixth cantata: "Herr, wenn die stolzenFeindeschnauben"
Soprano, Céline Scheen
Alto, Damien Guillon
Baritone, Marco Saccardin
Vocal ensemble of laBarocca
Chorus Director, Jacopo Facchini
Conductor, Ruben Jais
Free admission subject to availability starting from 6.45 pm
An event that has become a tradition in the Milanese Christmas scene: the great concert at the Cathedral, offered by the city of VenerandaFabbrica and by the Milan Municipality, enhances the Duomo with harmony, emotion and enthusiasm to welcome both residents and visitors with music.
Melodies merge with the Cathedral’s architectural harmony, following the same upward thrust that inspired the city to build its first symbol in 1387.
The concert will be held at the Duomo on Friday, 20 December, at 7.30 pm. The event, also sponsored by Assolombarda, will feature the Orchestra Verdi’s laBaroccaensemble specialised in 17th-18th century music, conducted by Maestro Ruben Jais, along with the vocal ensemble directed by Maestro Jacopo Facchini and by four soloists.
The musical programme includes excerpts from the Christmas Oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach (First cantata: "Jauchzet, frohlocket” and Sixth cantata: "Herr, wenn die stolzenFeindeschnauben").
The Christmas Oratorio (in German Weihnachtsoratorium), whose original title is Oratorium tempore nativitatisChristi, is one of the most famous and widely performed religious compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). First performed in Leipzig at Christmas in 1734, it is a cycle of six cantatas for the Christmas season, precisely for the three Christmas holidays celebrated at the time (25, 26 and 27 December: story of the birth according to St. Luke 2:1-20), New Year’s Day (circumcision and anointing according to St. Luke 2:21), the Sunday after New Year (2 January) and Epiphany (6 January; story of the three Magi according to St. Matthew 2:1-12).
Free admission to the concert at the Duomo subject to availability starting from 6.45 pm.
To facilitate security checks performed at the entrances, visitors are kindly requested to cooperate by emptying their pockets of metal objects and by opening their bags. Visitors are not allowed to enter the Cathedral with helmets, glass items and suitcases.
Do not take large bags into the Cathedral.