Christmas Oratorio & Organ Symphony



Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth.

For the Lord hath comforted his people,

and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

(Isaiah 49:13)

Fall prey to the simple, lilting beauty of the gentle, and intimate “Christmas Oratorio,” with its folk-like melodies, passionate operatic solos and ensembles, and its elegant choral settings. A mostly overlooked piece by a young genius, it was written in just a few days by the 23-year old Saint-Saëns, newly installed organist at the famed Church of the Madeleine, the premier church of the Empire in Paris. He decided to write the oratorio  in time for the Christmas Eve service just weeks away. It is coupled, at this concert, with the massive, monumental power of the thundering Symphony No. 3 in C minor (c. 1886), generally known as the “Organ Symphony.” The work of a seasoned composer at the height of his artistic prowess, it stands as one of the late 19th century’s most significant and technically sophisticated orchestral works, full of innovation, amazing orchestral coloration, and dazzlingly beautiful melodic invention. Saint-Saëns himself considered it his greatest work!


Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

at 7:00 pm

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

at 4:00 pm


First Presbyterian Church of Monroe

142 Stage Road, Monroe, NY



Jennifer Russo, soprano


Kimberly Lloyd, soprano


Kristin Starkey, mezzo/contralto


Justin Scott Randolph, tenor


Robert Garner, baritone


James M. Fitzwilliam, organ





Ron De Fesi conducts.


$30 / Students $20 / Under 10 Free




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