SOURCE: Daily Herald

The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aurora Community Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Thurlow and Kristin Young, open the holiday season with a “Celtic Christmas Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 420 W. Downer Place in Aurora.The centerpiece of the concert will be the orchestra and choir performance of selections from Joseph Martin’s Christmas cantata, “Tapestry of Light,” music that “illuminates” the Christmas story in the broader context of prophecy, nativity, hope, and salvation, (much like Handel did in his oratorio, “Messiah”). The work is filled with tuneful English folk songs and lively Celtic rhythms, rich choral sonorities accompanied by sparkling instrumental orchestration.