This Sunday afternoon, December 17 at 3:00, at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn will present Navidad Nuestra, a concert of Christmas themed music by Spanish and Catalan speaking composers from Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina, and the United States, and ranging in time from the sixteenth century to the present. The concert opens with Riu, Riu Chiu, a sixteenth century Spanish villancico, or folk song, which I learned years ago from the Kingston Trio. The lyrics, translated, have the “ewe lamb” Mary protected by a river from a rabid wolf. The most recent composition, from 1992, is “Carols and Lullabies” by an American, Conrad Susa, which “knits together ten traditional Christmas songs in Spanish and Catalan, from Spain, from the Basque Country and Catalonia, from Puerto Rico and Mexico.”
Navidad Nuestra will also be performed this Friday evening, December 15 at 7:00, at All Saints’ Church in Park Slope. Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors and students. You may purchase tickets for the Sunday concert at St. Ann’s here or for the Friday concert at All Saints’ here. There’s more information here.