Center for the Arts Presents The Waverly Consort

Posted: December 7, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: December 6, 2010 at 12:44 pm

In the spirit of medieval church dramas and mystery plays, the eight singers and five instrumentalists of the Waverly Consort join together to recreate the pageantry and joy of the medieval church.

Their performance recounts the events of the Biblical Christmas story — the message of the archangel Gabriel to the shepherds, the journey of the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem, the intrigue of Herod and his court and the flight into Egypt — in an uplifting and moving celebration of ritual drama and song.

The Waverly Consort brings “The Christmas Story” to Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.

Founded in 1964 by Michael and Kay Jaffee, The Waverly Consort is a pioneer in early music revival and is dedicated to exploring the sounds and styles of musical repertoires from past centuries.

In its hometown of New York City, the ensemble has performed more than 100 concerts at Lincoln Center, as well as concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Cloisters.

The ensemble has also toured throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

“The Christmas Story” first premiered in 1980 in the Medieval Sculpture Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and later moved to the Cloisters. In the past 30 years, people from all over the world have come in a yearly pilgrimage to hear The Waverly Consort perform this enchanting seasonal music, and the ensemble has began touring the production to communities throughout North America.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $21. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when the child is accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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