Posted at 2:15 PM on December 15, 2008
by Ward Jacobson
We all have that music that we never get tired of hearing. For me, it's Handel's Messiah. I grew up with this music and it will always have a special place in my life.
Sunday I had the pleasure of hearing a performance of Messiah at Orchestra Hall. Just like the drastically changing weather at the time, conductor Christoper Warren Green took a brisk and spirited pace, just the way Handel intended. The Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale and soloists all looked like they were having a blast. Thanks to them, despite Mother Nature's rude ways, the afternoon was, in a word, glorious.
It was just what I needed to really be one with the season.
So what does it for you?
Since I was born in 1970, what really helps me become one with the season is some of the special programs on television this time of year. A Charlie Brown Christmas always does it (and by proxy, Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack), as does the suite of claymation shows like Rudoplf the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without a Santa ClausM, and who could forget the Burgermeister Meisterburger in Santa Claus is Coming to Town?
Of course you always knew Christmas was close when the Norelco commercials would start in heavy rotation, complete with Santa scooting along on the head of an electric shaver.
That all changed when I went on a school field trip in probably 5th or 6th grade to see a matinee of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.
Doesn't matter what time of year it is, that music instantly takes me to Christmas Eve.
After I "discovered" all the other good choral music for Christmas while in college, now all it takes is J S Bach's Magnificat, or any part of his Christmas Oratorio. Also Berlioz' "The Childhood of Christ" or even CPE Bach's Magnificat.