Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra-Works by Saint-Saëns, Schiassi Highlight

Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 7:00pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium
Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra
Musica Sacra Chorus and Orchestra presents one of the most lyrical Christmas works composed in the romantic era, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium.
 
Although regarded a traditional and somewhat conservative composer, Saint-Saëns was associated with composers considered modern and edgy, like Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner.
Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio was written in 11 days in December 1858, his first year as organist of the Church of the Madeleine, a position filled later by Gabriel Fauré. The Latin text comes from the Divine Office and from the Midnight Mass for Christmas. The solos and ensembles are highly regarded, especially the lyrical trio “Tecum principium in die virtutis tuae” (“With you in the day of your virtue.”)
 
The ensemble also will perform the Concerto Pastorale by Italian composer Gaetano Maria Schiassi, who composed operas, oratorios and instrumental music. His concerto was composed in the tradition of Italian instrumental works that were performed at Christmas midnight Masses.
  
The concert concludes with three traditional carols arranged by the famed English composer and conductor, David Willcoks.
 
Music Director Timothy L. McDonald will present “Live Program Notes” at 6:15 followed by the 7 p.m. concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium. Tickets  may be purchased by calling the Central Ticket Office 816-235-6222 at the performance or rockhurst.edu/mstickets. 
 
Parking is available in the north parking garage (52nd St. and Troost Ave.) and in lots accessed through the campus entrance (54th and Troost Ave., Rockhurst.edu/map).