A month after the season celebrating the birth of Christ, the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra will present a performance concerning the end of Christ’s life with Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica.
Stabat Mater, which translates as “the Mother was standing,” is a musical depiction of the suffering of the Virgin Mary as she witnesses her son’s death on the cross.
“Pergolesi’s early death in his mid-20s did not stop the enormous success of this wonderful piece of vocal music,” said Martin Haselbšck, Musica Angelica’s music director.
Joining Musica Angelica for the performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s version of the Stabat Mater are soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and countertenor Daniel Taylor. The program will also include songs and arias by Bach, as well as arias and duets from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Solomon and Theodora.
“The extraordinary voices of Emma Kirkby and Daniel Taylor will shine in all their beauty,” Haselbšck promises.
Tickets range from $29 to $49 per person, with seniors receiving a 10 percent discount and students a special price of $15 with valid identification.
For more information, to purchase a subscription, or to order tickets, www.musicaangelica.org, or (310) 458-4504.