Houston Chamber Choir’s Christmas Concert
You might consider starting your 12 Days of Christmas countdown with the Houston Chamber Choir Christmas Concert. And there’s no more beautiful setting in Houston in which to experience the joyful music of Christmas than the Chapel of the Villa de Matel. This year the Houston Chamber Choir welcomes classical guitarist Marc Garvin, co-host of KUHF’s Pulling Strings, and the Treble Choir of Houston under the direction of Marianna Parnas Simpson as its special guests.
Located on 70-plus acres near South Wayside in southeast Houston, The Chapel of the Villa de Matel is (in its day job) the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of The Incarnate Word. It serves as their home, place of worship and retreat, and a central gathering place. The Chapel of the Villa de Matel is built in the style of old Northern Italian architecture and a charmingly designed church. Built in the Lombard Romanesque style by Maurice J. Sullivan in 1928, it was the proudest of his creations. The sisters who decided to build the chapel in the 1920s asked him to create a building that would “be as good in 500 years as on the day of completion.”
The acoustics in the chapel in addition to its beauty is what drew Robert Simpson to hold the Chamber Choir Christmas concerts. Very few Houstonians have even seen The Chapel. The beauty of the Chapel will be matched by the voices of the Houston Chamber Choir under the direction of Robert Simpson as they present treasured classics of the season along with new favorites. From the majesty of Palestrina’s Hodie Christus natus est for double choir to a whimsical setting of The Twelve Days of Christmas, you will be surrounded by the harmony and joy of Christmas.
Performances are Saturday Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Dec. 13 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. The address of the chapel is 6510 Lawndale Ave. Tickets to the concert are available for purchase online at http://www.houstonchamberchoir.org or by calling our Ticket and Subscription line at 713-974-1253.