Professor of Music Don Franklin (musicology) will chair a symposium as part of the Bach Festival 2005 at the Bach Académie de Montréal. The focus of the symposium will be Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with papers on the historical background, its theology, and arias. Franklin’s paper will address “The Musical Planning and Structure of the Christmas Oratorio.” The Orchestra of the Bach-Académie de Montréal and the Choir of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul will perform the Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 as part of the festival. Bach Festival 2005 takes place from November 24–30. For more information visit www.bach-academie-montreal.com.