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UMS Presents J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio

BY BTL STAFF

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote over 200 church cantatas, and the Bach Collegium Japan is intent on performing every one of them -- and in fact did so, in chronological order, from 1995 to 2013. The group will be performing in a show presented by the University of Michigan Musical Society on Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. at the Hill Auditorium.

Additionally, the group recorded all of the cantatas in an effort that took 18 years and resulted in 55 discs. Bach's oratorio is written in six parts, each celebrating one of the major feast days of the Christmas period. The Bach Collegium brings its signature crispness and purity to a beloved Bach masterpiece, highlighting the polyphonic wonder of Bach's cantatas that were written to celebrate Jesus' birth.

The Hill Auditorium can be found at 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor. For more information, visit http://ums.org.
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