EARLIER THIS SEASON Voices of Ascension Candlelight Christmas Concert Monday, December 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm Once again the church will be lit by hundreds of candles as the Voices of Ascension presents four centuries of Christmas music. Duruflé Messe ‘cum jubilo’ Poulenc Stabat Mater Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm These two sumptuous French works will showcase Ascension's magnificent new Manton Memorial Organ built by Pascal Quoirin of France. Bach St. Matthew Passion with chorus, organ and orchestra Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm (note earlier starting time!) The St. Matthew Passion is one of the most revered and written-about works in all of Western Music. This is our first performance of this cherished work in many years. Spiritual Voices — Old and New with chorus, organ and orchestra Bora Yoon Semaphore Conductus Dobrinka Tabakova On the South Downs Gustav Holst Choral Hymns from the Rig-Veda (Women's chorus & harp) Haydn Theresa Mass Thursday, April 19 at 8:00 pm In perhaps the most unusual program we have ever presented, we offer four works that have nothing in common with each other, except that each, in its own way, has an inner core of spirituality. Eve Beglarian's new work, previously announced, is postponed until next season. Masters of the Renaissance: The Netherlands School Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm This year, our Renaissance program traces the richest choral tradition in European history — works by Dufay, Busnois, Ockeghem, Josquin, Isaac, Lassus, and others.