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December 20, 2012

Engaging in early music

Boston Camerata to perform Hispanic Christmas celebration

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The program’s title “The Brotherhood of the Star” is derived from one of selections that will be performed, “Los coflades de la estleya,” written by Juan de Araujo.

“It’s quite extraordinary,” Cohen said in a statement. “It’s about the three kings and they’re all black men and they’re dancing the rhumba as they go to Bethlehem. It’s totally world music before that term was invented, because it’s got these wonderful Hispanic rhythms, and they’re singing in this African-Spanish dialect about the newborn child. So there are three kings, Biblical ones, New World ones. It’s a lot of fun.”

During the performance, the ensemble will be joined by Les Fleurs des Caraibes, a Boston-based six-member Haitian women’s chorus. Cohen, Camerata’s music director emeritus, is returning to conduct the program. In addition to Spanish, the music will include some Latin, Ladino, Creole, Catalan, Portuguese and Hebrew.

“They’re really top-notch,” said Gage Cogswell, who helped bring the concert to Newbury. “They are the foremost early music ensemble in the United States.”

By bringing lively music, enthusiasm, and a “meticulously researched program,” Boston Camerata offers an appealing show, she added.

“It’s easy to get caught up in,” Cogswell said.

IF YOU GO

What: Boston Camerata presents “The Brotherhood of the Star: A Hispanic Christmas”

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

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

How: $34 adults, $10 students with ID. They can be purchased at the door or by visiting bostoncamerata.org or calling 866-427-2092.

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