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Bach Society Christmas

Kris Bueltmann

A highlight of the Christmas season for many is the Bach Society of Saint Louis’ annual Christmas Candlelight Concert.  Music Director A. Dennis Sparger will conduct the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in this year’s concert on Sunday, December 2 in Powell Hall.  Also featured on the program is the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, led by Horst Buchholz.

Sparger and Bach Society Principal Singer Melissa Payton joined host Steve Potter to discuss this year’s concert and sample three of the scheduled works. 

Featured on the program are Bach’s Magnificat with the Bach Society’s Young Artists as soloists, and a new setting of O Magnum Mysterium by the young Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.  But the highlight for many is the candlelight processional which begins the second half of the program.  In addition, audience members will be invited to join the chorus and orchestra in two traditional carols

Related Event

The Bach Society of Saint Louis Presents A Candlelight Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 2, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd.


Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
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