Saturday’s event pick: Chorus Austin’s ‘From Palestrina to Part’

Chorus Austin conducted by Ryan Heller. Handout.
Chorus Austin conducted by Ryan Heller. Handout.

Be transported through 500 years of musical history with Chorus Austin’s “From Palestrina to Part,” a concert featuring its talented 40-voice chamber ensemble. The concert begins in the Renaissance era of the 1500s and features Palestrina’s “Missa Papae Marcelli,” a mass composed in honor of Pope Marcellus II that is generally credited with saving polyphonic church music. It’ll then take you all the way to 1990, when Arvo Pärt’s “Berliner Messe” was first written. Bridging the two pieces is Johannes Brahms’ “Psalm 51” from 1860.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. $15 to $20. Saturday: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive. Sunday: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River St. 512-719-3300, http://www.chorusaustin.com.

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