Christmas music in the European chorister tradition

The Boys’ Choir of St. Paul’s | Harvard Square singing during a Christmas service, image by George Martell

WICKED LOCAL.com – Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) continues its Christmas season Boys’ Choir performances, a treasured tradition of Saint Paul’s in Harvard Square, Cambridge. The choir is directed by Conductor and SPCS Director of Music James Kennerley.

The second performance of A Celebration of Christmas is this weekend, a choral concert program performed by the Choir of Men & Boys of Saint Paul’s | Harvard Square. The program features favorite Christmas selections, as well as carols that invite the audience to join in song. Compositions are drawn from more than 500 years of choral literature, including original works composed by Director of Music and Conductor James Kennerley, as well as selections by acclaimed contemporary composers including John Rutter, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. The choirs are joined by the Back Bay Brass, a premiere Boston-based chamber music ensemble, and a percussion ensemble, with accompaniment on Saint Paul’s majestic pipe organ by Maks Adach, organist.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

A Celebration of Christmas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 3- 4:30 p.m., 29 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge

Performed by the Choir of Men & Boys of Saint Paul’s

Tickets: preferred seating $35, general seating $25; advance purchase: saintpaulschoirschool.us/events

Tickets are available at the door to church capacity, and may be purchased by cash, check or credit card. Parking is available street side or in the public garage at 65 John F. Kennedy St..

Ceremony of Carols, A performance of Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols coupled with traditional Christmas Carols, Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Voyage Shrine Church, 51 Seaport Blvd., Boston

For tickets and more information visit seaportshrine.org

Saint Paul’s | Harvard Square Christmas Services

29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge

The Boys’ Choir of Saint Paul’s performs at each of these services, singing Gregorian plainsong selections and Christmas carols

Tuesday, Dec. 24: Lessons and Carols, 3 p.m.; Christmas Eve Mass, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Mass, 11 a.m.

For more information visit stpaulparish.org

About St. Paul’s Choir School

Saint Paul’s Choir School (SPCS) is the only private all-boys Catholic Choir School in the United States, serving students in grades 3 through 8. Founded in 1963 by Dr. Theodore Marier, SPCS is a vital facet of Saint Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, Cambridge, led by the Rev. William Kelly, pastor, an alumnus of the school himself.

Saint Paul Choir School trains all students in choral music appreciation, theory and practice. They sing music ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary commissions for the choir. The choir provides liturgical music at daily and Sunday services at Saint Paul’s Church and have released several professional recordings, including the albums Ave Maria and Christmas in Harvard Square (by Aim Higher Recordings, available at saintpaulschoirschool.us). In addition, the ensemble tours internationally and performs alongside renowned groups such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

To learn more about Saint Paul’s Choir School enrollment, curriculum, programs and performances, visit saintpaulschoirschool.us, call 617-868-8658, or email admin@saintpaulschoirschool.us, or follow St. Paul’s Choir School Harvard Square on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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