Wednesday, December 23 at 5PM Jenny Wyss hosts "Portrait of the Artist." This special edition features the Weihnachtshistorie, or Christmas Story, by Heinrich Schutz. You can hear this program broadcast on WTJU, 91.1FM Charlottesville, VA, or online at wtju.net.
Schutz was widely regarded as one of the most prominent German composers before Johann Sebastian Bach. When he composted his "Weihnachtshistorie," Schutz poured all of his contrapuntal and choral writing skill into it, creating a breath-taking work with choirs and soloists playing the parts of angels, wise men, narrators, and even King Herod! And all of it reinforced by a large ensemble that includes organ and brass.