When: Thu., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. 2016
The Bach Society of Saint Louis' annual Christmas gift to the city is its Christmas Candlelight Concert, a tradition started in 1951. This yearly event sees the group enter a darkened Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; www.bachsociety.org) singing while carrying lit candles. It's a solemn and beautiful experience that celebrates the season and the joy that comes from voices raised on high. Classical music magazine BBC Music recently rated the concert one of the top twenty Christmas events in North America don't let it pass you by. The main event this year is John Rutter's Latin American-tinged Magnificat, with soprano Emily Birsan performing as the featured soloist. The St. Louis Children's Chorus joins forces with the Bach Society to sing carols and provide a few other festive surprise. The Christmas Candlelight Concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Powell Hall. Tickets are $30 to $75.