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San Francisco Renaissance Voices – Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols

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Date(s) - 12/23/2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Episcopal Church of the Incarnation


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Free Admission / Donations Requested | A free reception follows the service.

Celebrate the joys of Christmas at our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols with our artists-in-residence, the San Francisco Renaissance Voices and organist Vaughn Jones. The service follows the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols made famous by the Christmas Eve service held in annually at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, England.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.

About San Francisco Renaissance Voices

The San Francisco Renaissance Voices made their debut in 2004 with a “standing room only” performance of Victoria’s Requiem and quickly became a favorite of San Francisco Bay Area Early Music audiences.

SFRV has consistently earned praise for their “gossamer sound … a sound something akin to spiritual levitation” as well as recognition for their imaginative programming and christened the Bay Area’s “hipper than thou” Early Music ensemble by San Francisco Classical Voice and in 2010 SFWeekly chose SFRV as the “Best Classical Music” for their Best of San Francisco edition. SFRV is the San Francisco Bay Area’s professional mixed-voice ensemble dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon.

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