Works by Handel, Mozart Close Musica Sacra Season

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra concludes its 22nd season with some of the region’s premier vocalists as it performs music by Handel and Mozart at 7p.m., Sunday, April 21, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 52nd and Troost Avenue. Rebecca Lloyd, soprano; Un-Chong Christopher, mezzo-soprano; David Adams, tenor; and Raymond Feener, baritone, will be featured in Handel’s Chandos Anthem Have Mercy upon Me and two works by Mozart, Regina Coeli, K. 276, and the Coronation Mass, K. 317. Handel served as resident composer in 1717-1718 at Cannons, home of the Duke of Chandos. While working there, he composed 11 large-scale anthems, the masque Acis and Galatea and the first English-language oratorio, Esther. Handel selected the texts for the Chandos Anthems from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Have Mercy upon Me is a setting of texts from the penitential Psalm 51, “Miserere,” and contains some of the composer’s most glorious music. The opening sonata and chorus set a somber and profound mood, and the soprano-tenor duet “Wash Me Thoroughly from My Guilt” displays Handel’s incredible gift of melodic beauty. Mozart wrote the “Regina Coeli” and Coronation Mass for services at Salzburg Cathedral. The music is celebratory, orchestrated with brilliant trumpet and timpani parts. The work is among the best Mozart ever composed. Director Timothy L. McDonald will present “Live Program Notes” at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens; contact the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222 or purchase them at the performance.

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