The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be on the road to the Basilica of St. Josaphat under the baton of Francesco Lecce-Chong. The concert will feature the MSO Chorus for an extravaganza of sacred music, starting with Arvo Pärt’s chamber piece Fratres. Born in Estonia, Pärt is a minimalist composer who has applied his modern self-made technique to the otherworldly liturgical music traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy. Simple yet haunting, Fratres was heard in the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s disturbing film There Will Be Blood.
The concert continues with Soul Garden by Derek Bermel, a contemporary renaissance artist who excels equally in classical music and rock. Soul Garden will woo the audience with the unique setting of viola, violins and cellos. The Sprig of Thyme, a beautiful piece by contemporary British choral composer John Rutter, will be in step with the program. The concert concludes on a note of mystic minimalism with Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, the oldest work (1943) to be heard this evening.
The concert takes place 7:30 p.m. March 30-31 at the Basilica of St. Josaphat (2333 S. Sixth St.).