Sacred music is theme for weekend Orquestra Nacional performances

The 120 members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Coro Sinfónico Nacional take on the challenge this weekend of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Great Mass in C minor.” There are four soloists, too.

The chorus has been practicing the complex Mozart piece for more than two months. This is the last nearly completed work for of the 18th century musical genius.

He presented it in 1783 with his wife as one of the soloists.

Soloists Friday night and Sunday morning at the Teatro Nacional are Costa Rican soprano María Marta López, tenor

Ernesto Rodríguez and baritone José Arturo Chacón. The fourth soloist Christina Pier of the United States.

Carl St. Clair will direct starting at 8 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The performance is one of sacred music. The other work on the program is “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by Osvaldo Golijov of Argentina.

New Yorker David Krakauer will be the clarinet soloist for this piece, first presented in 1994. Isaac the Blind was a Medieval rabbi and kabbalist who asserted that Hebrew letters contained the code of the universe. The music comes from the klezmer tradition and is Krakauer’s signature work.

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