The Aulos Ensemble

La Barre and Other Musicians, André Bouys (c. 1743–c. 1744). National Gallery, London.

Joyeux Noël
December 2, 2018 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona

From magnificent church motets to street-corner carols, the Christmas holiday resounds with the harmonies of good cheer. The Baroque era was rich in musical observances of Christmas, and the French, attracted to all things pastoral and devoted to instruments like the musette (shepherd bagpipe), made a colorful contribution to this literature. Today we enjoy French works from the period, some relating to the season and others simply radiating its conviviality and high spirits.

Now in its fifth decade, The Aulos Ensemble has captured the imagination of America’s listening public. Through its concerts and recordings, Aulos maintains an unequaled reputation in the field of historically informed performance. Members occupy principal chairs of the finest American early instrument orchestras; through their teaching in institutions and workshops, they have trained the next generation of performers in this field. The New York Times has called their work “Authentic baroque performance at its best.” Fanfare wrote of their Handel recording, “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to call them a National Treasure.”