Classical Picks

The best classical picks, December 13

CorrespondentDecember 12, 2013 

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    • Voices, the Chapel Hill-based choral group, fills UNC’s

    Hill Hall Auditorium with its 100 singers and an orchestra for sacred carol medleys by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst, along with familiar secular holiday selections. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Saturday. $20 ($6 students).

The Choral Society of Durham offers a second chance this fall to hear English composer Michael Tippett’s moving masterpiece, “A Child of Our Time” (the N.C. Master Chorale had it in October). First performed in 1944, it was Tippett’s reaction to the Nazi’s Kristallnacht in which Jewish businesses and synagogues were attacked and destroyed. An unusual aspect is the inclusion of American spirituals, so the chorus is balancing the Tippett with a selection of Christmas-related spirituals. Duke University Chapel. 8 p.m. Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday. $20.

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