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Wednesday, November 30 at 1 p.m.

Bach has been heralded as ‘the supreme genius of the late Baroque.” Masterpieces have flowed from his pen in almost every musical form of the day. Amongst them is “The Christmas Oratorio,” one of his most popular choral works. It relates the story of the nativity and the events which unfolded during the weeks afterwards. “The Christmas Oratorio” abounds in melodic arias and choruses, all underlined by a rich sounding orchestra featuring high trumpets and tympani. Jeffrey Engel will present excerpts from the oratorio, one of the few great musical works devoted to the Christmas holiday season, and relate why it and all of the master’s orchestral and choral music languished in obscurity for decades after his death.

Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, is a music historian and orchestral cellist who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Connecticut by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

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berliozPassionate love. Opium induced hallucinations. Murder and execution by guillotine. A witches’ Sabbath and general mayhem. Elements of a gothic novel or a horror film? No. They are all part of a musical nightmare for a 130 piece symphony orchestra. And, there is a sequel too! Just in time for Halloween, or anytime you’re in the mood to listen to classical music with a better understanding of the story behind the music.

Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, is a music historian and orchestral cellist who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Connecticut by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

Friday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Essex Library. This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; please call (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.