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Christmas concert

Christmas concert
Christmas concert

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The word Christmas comes from the Latin, natalis, from the verb nascor, to be born. It is not possible to conclude in which year the early Christian Church instituted December 25 as the date to celebrate the birth of Jesus. But considering that March 25 is the Feast of the Annunciation (when the Angel Gabriel appeared before the Virgin Mary, telling her that in her womb a child, daughter of God, was sprouting), 9 months later it is December. Moreover, if the Annunciation coincides with the spring equinox, Christmas coincides with the winter solstice. Many of the pagan traditions associated with the latter were assimilated, becoming part of Christmas as we conceive it today. From Saturnalia (a Roman festival in honor of the god Saturn), came the exchange of gifts and the habit of decorating pine trees. From Celtic festivities came the log and wreaths of flowers.
André Baleiro is one of the most inspired baritones of his generation. With a kaleidoscopic timbre, and impeccable musical taste, he has won international prizes in recent years, winning the 17th Robert Schumann International Competition (2016), DAS LIED International Competition Most Promising Talent Award (2017), Theodor Heuss Cultural Award (2017) and the SWR Young Opera Stars Competition (2019). Over the centuries, music, particularly songs, have gained their own space in Christmas celebrations, conveying a range of metaphors. Jesus is the Redeemer of the Earth, according to the 1st known Christmas hymn (4th century), the Alpha and Omega [the beginning and the end], a rose in bloom, the undefeated sun. Everyone is invited to go and adore the Child, just like the shepherds of Bethlehem, to share their bread with the most unfortunate, but also to ring the bells of joy, make snowmen or stuff themselves with sweets. As the Portuguese version says, "Noite feliz! Night of love! Among the stars that spread the light, proclaiming the baby Jesus, shines the star of peace!".
Start Date:
17 December 2022
End Date:
17 December 2022
Contacts
Politécnico de Lisboa


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