Sacramento Baroque Soloists welcome the winter season with a spirited combination of early Christmas carols and Celtic music in its “Winter’s Eve” concerts on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.
Melding historical training and contemporary influences, the group plays its own arrangements of early carols, including “Whence Comes this Rush of Wings,” “Huron Carol,” “Patapan” and “The Wexford Carol.”
The ensemble also performs such Celtic favorites as “Samain Night” and “Beltane Fire Dance” by Loreena McKennitt and “Moving” by Secret Garden, with Lisa Marie Lawson’s soprano vocals accompanied by flute, oboe, harp, violins, cello, theorbo and harpsichord.
“We want to give the audience the experience of another time and place. The sounds of our period-style instruments are really different to the modern ear,” explained Lawson, music director of Sacramento Baroque Soloists. “The plaintive notes of the baroque oboe and the resonating depth of the baroque cello draw us in in a way we rarely get to experience today: without amplification, in a resonant hall that fills the body with sound.”
Lawson will be joined by Cathie Apple, flute; Robin Houston, oboe; Marieke Furnee, violin; Michael Lawson, cello and theorbo; and Ellen Deffner, harpsichord.
Concerts will be performed Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sacramento, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. at Rudolf Steiner College, 9200 Fair Oaks Blvd., Fair Oaks.
For information and tickets call 916-705-3806 or sacramentobaroque.org.