Musica Sacra performs masterworks by Handel and SchubertSt. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra opens its 24th season with superb choral masterworks by George Frideric Handel and Franz Peter Schubert.
The ensemble will perform the last of the 11 Chandos Anthems, Let God Arise, a setting of textual excerpts from psalms 68 and 76 as employed in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. From 1717 to 1718, Handel served as resident composer at Cannons, the home of the Duke of Chandos. While there, he composed 11 large-scale anthems, the masque Acis and Galatea and the first English-language oratorio, Esther.
The anthem features Handel’s rich choral writing and occasional musical imagery. For example, to the text “and let his enemies be scatter’d,” the composer utilizes rapid melodies moving in different directions.
Additionally, Musica Sacra will perform Schubert’s Mass in C. Composed in the summer of 1816, the work was probably first performed that same season at the parish church in Lichtental. The orchestral scoring features strings, oboes, trumpets and timpani and demonstrates a remarkable blend of lyricism, excitement and emotional depth for a 19-year-old composer.
St. Francis Xavier Church is located at 52nd and Troost, west of Rockhurst University. Music Director Timothy McDonald will present Live Program Notes at 6:15 p.m. For tickets ($18 adults, $12 students and senior citizens), call the Central Ticket Office: 816-235-6222, visit www.rockhurst.edu/mstickets or purchase at the performance.
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