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Listen: Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio'

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Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio,' from Carnegie Hall

Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio,' from Carnegie Hall

Listen: Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio'

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Soloists join the Collegiate Chorale in performing Bach's Christmas masterwork. Michael Divito hide caption

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From Carnegie Hall in New York City, NPR and WNYC present selections from one of the most joyful and sumptuous works of Johann Sebastian Bach, recorded live in concert.

The Collegiate Chorale performs three of six sacred cantatas, each depicting a different scene from Christ's birth, and known collectively as the "Weihnachts-Oratorium," or Christmas Oratorio. The group also rounds out the performance with some traditional holiday favorites.

Robert Bass leads the acclaimed Collegiate Chorale and soloists, including soprano Lisa Saffer, mezzo-soprano Gigi Mitchell-Velasco, tenor Paul Austin Kelly and baritone James Maddalena.

WNYC's John Schaefer hosts from Carnegie Hall.

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