Chamber Baroque 1: A Festive Baroque Christmas


12.9.2017 - 12.10.2017


Saturday at Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S Washington St.
& Sunday at the Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 15515 East 20th Ave, Spokane Valley


Chamber Baroque 1: A Festive Baroque Christmas


Saturday, December 9 at 7 pm
Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm


Relish some of the best-loved works from the Baroque period set in the splendor of Spokane’s historic churches. First take a nostalgic trip to Christmas past and enjoy a selection of festive music, along with Handel’s stunning Royal Fireworks Music. 

The concert begins with a sonata by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, a prominant Austrian violinist and composer reputed to be one of the most outstanding violinists of his time. The concert also features Christmas music from a pair of Italian virtuoso violinists and composers. Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto for the Night of Christmas, one of a set of 12 concerto grosi, features two solo violins (concertmaster Mateusz Wolski and Principal Second Violinist Amanda Howard-Phillips) strings and organ. Vivaldi's L’estro armonico (The Harmonic Inspriation), a set of 12 concertos for strings, includes a violin concerto (Mateusz Wolski, violin). Preu has included seasonal selections by Vejvanovský, Czech-Moravian composer and trumpeter, and French composer Charpentier. The program concludes with Handel's Royal Fireworks Music. While not technically Christmas music, its celebratory mood and use of fireworks fits well with the holiday season.    

The Music

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer ● "Sonata per chiesa et camera"
Arcangelo Corelli ● Concerto op. 6/8  g minor fatto per la notte di natale
Pavel Joseph Vejvanovský ● Sonata Natalis C-Dur
Antonio Vivaldi  L’estro armonico, Op. 3 Concerto No. 3 in G Major, RV 310
George Frederic Handel, arr. Harty ● Royal Fireworks Music 


YouTube Videos:  
Schmelzer: "Sonata per chiesa et camera" (Ludwig Gütter Brass Ensemble)
Corelli: Christmas Concerto op.6 n.8 (Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, conductor)
Vejvanovský: Sonata Natalis C-Dur (Ludwig Güttler and Virtuosi Saxoniae)
Vivaldi: L’estro armonico, Op. 3 Concerto No. 3 in G Major, RV 310 (
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, director)
Handel: Music for Royal Fireworks (
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner, conductor)


This concert is available individually or as part of a Baroque Chamber Concerts subscription. Both individual and season tickets may be purchased with personalized service at the Box Office of Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. They are also available online and at all TicketsWest outlets.  ●   BUY TICKETS