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Charles T. Downey, December Classical Music Preview
The Washingtonian, December 1:

’Tis the season to be jolly, and a seemingly endless round of holiday concerts is on tap to get you into the spirit. Whether you want to hear traditional carols, old favorites, or something more off the beaten path, you can find it. If you want to hear music that has nothing to do with Christmas, skip to the end for a few picks of the non–Ho Ho Ho variety.

Most Promising Christmas Concerts:
Historical music for Christmas is the best way to mark the season, at least for those whose teeth start grinding at the sound of “Jingle Bells.” The Washington Bach Consort offers a program of Christmas music from Leipzig (by Bach, Kuhnau, and Telemann) this Sunday, December 4, at National Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $38. Bach Consort musicians will also perform Bach’s cantata Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (BWV 40, for St. Stephen’s Day, or December 26) as part of the free noontime cantata series (December 6), at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (1313 New York Ave., NW).
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