Regional Premiere Highlights Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra Concert

Musica Sacra choir
Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 6:15pm to 9:00pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium

Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra will perform the regional premiere of Missa Popularis by Swedish composer Mårten Jansson. The concert begins 7 p.m. with Live Programs Notes at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium on the Rockhurst University campus.

Born in 1965, Jansson said of his work, “My music is my own and I have never tried to be original. That has always been my motto and I have only tried to use music to express all the feelings which life has to offer. This has led people to describe my music as ‘so sad that it sounds like birds who have lost their wings,’ but also as ‘the happiest classical music that we have ever heard.’ My compositions are almost all sacred. They express not only my own faith, but also my appreciation and respect for the timeless texts that have been used for centuries and centuries.”

Also included on the program will be a performance of Stabat Mater by German Romantic Josef Rheinberger. Rheinberger (1839-1901) spent most of his musical career in Munich where he was a professor at the Munich Conservatory, director of the Munich Oratorio Society and was appointed conductor of the Church of St. Michael. His Stabat Mater, Op. 138, was written in response to a prayer for the healing of his severely diseased hand, which prevented him from composing for about a year.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium. Music Director Timothy McDonald, Ph.D., will present Live Program Notes at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 and $12 for seniors and students and are available through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-6222, at tickets.cto.umkc.edu or at the performance. Free parking is available in lots accessed at 54th Street and Troost Avenue, or in the garage at 52nd Street and Troost. See rockhurst.edu/map for more.