Video: Hear Rare, Baroque-Era Mexican Christmas Carols

By Keegan Morris |

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The Christmas season is one replete with great Baroque music: think Handel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and more!

While a lot of Baroque-era music comes from Europe, there are countless relatively unheralded works from other parts of the world. Here, we hear a few selections from 17th-century Mexico performed by the Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, who alternate between more ecclesiastic music of the chapel and layperson villancicos, Spanish carols of the town square.

The selections come from the ensembles' annual shared concert: A Mexican Christmas; WFMT was invited to sit in on a dress rehearsal for the performance at Saint Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Chicago's Buena Park neighborhood.

Qué música divina — The Newberry Consort

Serenísima una noche — EnsAmble Ad-Hoc

Convidando está la noche — Newberry Consort & EnsAmble Ad-Hoc