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Carolina Pro Musica continues Season 46 with the annual holiday concert on December 15, 2023.  A variation on a Lessons and Carols service, the ensemble invites the audience to participate on several familiar selections. The rest of the program features works by Bach, Altenburg, Telemann, Zipoli, and Michel  Corrette.

No program would be complete without chant, so we begin with the familiar “Veni, Emanuel”, an Advent hymn known to most as “O come, O Come Emmanuel.” Other familiar works include  “Sleeper’s Wake”, “Good Christian Men, rejoice”, and “Joy to the World.” Selections from Bach’s Magnificat and Franz Gruber’s “Silent Night” with the original accompaniment by guitar offer familiar music. A Christmas aria “Jauchzet, frolocket” by Telemann, for soprano, flute and continuo, adds to the festivities.

The story of Jesus Christ, including prophecy, birth, visits by the shepherds and kings, and the incarnation, are told by Bob Sweeten, actor and longtime radio personality on the Bob & Sheri syndicated morning show that originates in Charlotte. This year marks Sweeten’s 15th appearance with Carolina Pro Musica.  Readings include both scripture and poetry. Carolina Pro Musica appears in period attire and performs on period instruments.

Tickets are available online or at the door. $8-16.

About Carolina Pro Musica

Carolina Pro Musica was founded in 1977 to perform early music using period instruments and voice according to the styles of the eras in which the music was written.

KAREN HITE JACOB, director, harpsichord


HOLLY WRIGHT MAURER, recorder, viola da gamba

EDWARD FERRELL, tenor, recorders, traverso, guitar

BOB SWEETEN, narrator.