The marketplace for Christmas concerts is extremely competitive, and fairly redundant, as many shows fill out their programs with the same old popular selections one hears every year. If you want to hear something you’ve never heard before, consider Pasadena Pro Musica’s holiday choral concert on Sunday.
PPM is dedicated to bringing audiences “less frequently performed” masterpieces, and this show is no exception; half of the composers in the program are people we’ve never heard of. About that program: It features Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Canticum in Nativitatem Domini, J.S. Bach’s Cantata 51 (with the acclaimed Lucy Zepeda on solo soprano), Heinrich Schutz’s Historia von der Geburt Jesu Christi, and Johann Pachelbel’s Magnificat in B flat. Should be positively sumptuous. Baroque, even.
A Baroque Christmas!
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday, December 20, 4 p.m.
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena
Admission $20, students & seniors $15
For tickets & information call 626.628.2144, or visit pasadenapromusica.org