Holiday Session 3: “There Shall a Star” – Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) was working on the composition of an oratorio but died suddenly at the age of 38 before it could be completed. Posthumously published as Opus 97 and titled Christus, the completed portions were first performed in 1852. “There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob,” originally titled “Es wird ein Stern aus Jacob aufgehen,” comes from the section related to Christ’s birth, and incorporates the tune “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star” by Philipp Nicolai.

Note: This video was recorded after the tightening of mask restrictions in NC. Though not very becoming, the singers are wearing masks during this performance in an effort to comply with government orders and continue to safely bring music to you. So…please don’t mind the singing cyborgs. 🙂

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