A Joyful Noyse 2013It’s the time of year when the “music of the season” bombards our ears at every turn. We hear endless loops of Rudolph, Jingle Bells, and White Christmas in every store and in every commercial.

On Saturday, Dec. 7th at 7:30pm
, A Joyful Noyse, an early music ensemble in residence at Hancock Church in Lexington, brings us a reprieve from all that with music from 18th century France. Mass for 8 voices, 8 strings and flutes (H.3) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1702) is a work for double choir and period instruments that captures the spirit of the season through Charpentier’s mastery of tuneful, vigorous, and beautiful writing.

The voices for this program will be divided into two choirs, with each calling back and forth to each other and coming together to form a grand chorus. The instrumental forces for this program will include baroque violins, various sizes of viols, baroque flutes, voice flutes, soprano recorders and harpsichord.  The instruments will be divided into two orchestras, each supporting one of the two choirs, and positioned to bring out the echoing, or antiphonal, nature of the mass.

Free will donation.