Musica Sacra Celebrates Christmas in Baroque Tradition

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra presents one of the jewels of Christmas choral repertory -“Messe de Minuit pour Noël” (Midnight Mass for Christmas) by Marc-Antoine Charpentier at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., west of Rockhurst University campus. Charpentier composed “Messe de Minuit pour Noël” while in the employ of the Jesuits. Throughout the work, Charpentier makes use of popular French Christmas carols that would have been easily recognized by listeners of the time. From the dancelike music to the symbolic descent of the flutes in “Et incarnatus est”, representing the descent of the Holy Spirit at the moment of incarnation, “Messe de Minuit” is one of the most charming and glorious examples of French baroque music. In addition, the orchestra will play the Christmas Concerto, OP.3 No. 12, by Italian composer Francesco Manfredini, who is best known as a composer, teacher and performer at the Church of San Petronio in Bologna, Italy. His Op. 3 concertos were published in 1718. Tickets for Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra are $18 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased by calling the Central Ticket Office, 816-235-6222, or by logging onto www.rockhurst.edu/mstickets. Tickets are also available at the church before the performance. Artistic Director Timothy McDonald, Ph.D., will present Live Program Notes at 6:15 p.m.

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