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Baroque-era classic Christmas concert Sunday

At 4 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4 the Tallahassee Bach Parley will perform an inspiring concert of classical holiday music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Apalachicola.

The concert is the first of the new season of the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts and features five Bach Parley musicians all playing period instruments. Performing will be Valerie Arsenault and Stephen Redfield on baroque violins, Melissa Brewer on baroque viola, Kim Jones on baroque cello, and Charlie Brewer on the baroque harpsichord.

The concert includes some of the most popular baroque Christmas music. It opens with the Overture a la Pastorelle by Georg Phillip Telemann, one of the baroque era’s most prolific composers and considered to be one of the most influential composers of all time.

That piece is immediately followed by Austrian composer Gregor Joseph Werner’s Il Decembre, im Christmonat,Op.68, No. 1, a piece that is nuanced with elements of Austrian and Eastern European folk music. The two opening pieces set the mood for “A Baroque Era Christmas,” the theme of the concert.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite at the Ilse Newell Fund website, www.inconcertapalachicola.org. Or, concert goers can pay cash at the door the day of the concert. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.

Immediately following the concert there will be a reception at Trinity’s Benedict Hall, next to the church at 79 Sixth Street, where light refreshments and beverages will be served and people can get to meet the musicians.

The Ilse Newell concert sponsor this year is Construct Group SE, with additional partial funding provided by Duke Energy and the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

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