Holiday classical music performances beyond the ‘Messiah’
It can seem as though holiday offerings are confined to endless renditions of the “Hallelujah” chorus and an all-too-small group of holiday favorites. How to break out of this rut? One strategy is to explore a Christmas distant in time and space from our own, and this is an experience that early music ensembles are especially skilled at providing. Two such groups are Boston Camerata, an ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, and the vocal group Blue Heron.