Musica Sacra Celebrates 20th Season With Haydn’s Salve ReginaFebruary 1, 2011

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra continues its 20th anniversary celebration with music by Haydn, Buxtehude, Telemann and Donizetti at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in St. Francis Xavier Church, 52nd Street and Troost Avenue.

Musica Sacra will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Salve Regina in G minor. This rarely performed piece was composed around 1771, five years after Haydn became Kapellmeister to the court at Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition, Musica Sacra will perform Alles was ihr tut, a cantata by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), a middle Baroque German composer. Two brief works by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) and Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) complete the program.

Tickets for Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra ($18 for adults, $12 for students and senior adults) may be purchased through the Central Ticket Office, (816) 235-6222; online at www.rockhurst.edu/mstickets; or by purchase at the church before the performance. Conductor and music director Timothy McDonald, Ph.D., will present “Live Program Notes” at 6:15 p.m

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