Nouvelle, Nouvelle: A 16th-Century French Christmas Midnight Mass

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band



Nowell's Delight.

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band presented a midnight mass service featuring Claudin de Sermisy's Missa voulant Honneur, French Noel songs, and a nativity play. By bringing the Noels and the play into a liturgical setting, Piffaro followed a tradition associated with the Christmas season that harkens back to medieval times. Piffaro was joined by guest soprano Laura Heimes and tenor Philip Anderson, and actors Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell. The performance incorporated images and text from a 1520s Noel manuscript housed in the Rare Books Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.