Throughout the history of western music, composers and their listeners have been inspired by the majestic text of the Latin Mass. Audiences will have a rare chance to hear several very different Mass settings in a single concert, presented by Acappellago, a volunteer a cappella chorus in the western suburbs. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Ave.
Led by music director Dennis R. Smith, Acappellago will present "Escape to … Critical Mass," including "Mass in Four Voices" by 16th-century composer William Byrd, the timeless and beloved "Mass in G Minor" written in 1921 by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, and "Mass" written by American composer Vincent Persichetti in 1960.
The program will close out with several surprising settings of the various sections of the mass in the form of short works by Schubert, Stravinsky, and contemporary American composers Craig Courtney and Carol Barnett.
Tickets, which $17 or $15 for students and seniors, are available at www.acappellago.org.