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December 19, 2013

Joyeux Noel

Boston Camerata brings 'A French Christmas' to Newbury

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“The second part is, of course, the Christmas story. It is very simple, but at the same time is very complicated in its craft. Think of it as a beautiful, simple house or a beautiful landscape. There is a very real, pure, simple moment where you can access the most important stuff about this season.”

Founded at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in 1954, the Boston Camerata is one of the world’s best-known early music ensembles and spends most of its time recording and touring in North America and Europe.

“Being able to connect via music to something else is what we offer,” Azema said. “This year, we happen to offer it through French music because there is a bridge between popular, folksy type of things and the more aristocratic or beautifully crafted music. This is what Christmas does to us. It allows us to bridge the different parts of ourselves and the other people around us. That’s the beauty of it for me.”

Azema also said the concert will be a unique chance for people to leave the hustle and bustle of the mall behind and get into the spirit of the season itself in a picturesque New England setting.

“This is a time of year where we are hearing all the same music and all the same elevator, bland stuff,” Azema said. “If you want to spend a moment where you can actually sit down and have a moment for yourself and your family thinking about what is happening right now during this time of the year, this is the concert to go to.”

If you go

What: Boston Camerata presents “Noel, Noel: A French Christmas”

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: First Parish Church, 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury

How much: $34 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets available at 617-262-2092 or www.bostoncamerata.org.

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