Hidden Treasures: The Travels of Marco Polo: May 5 & 7, 2019

Hidden Treasures: The Travels of Marco Polo will tell the tale of Marco Polo’s epic journey uniting East and West, featuring a world-premiere performance of a work last performed in the Sistine Chapel 500 years ago. Bartolome Escobedo’s masterpiece: Missa ad te levavi was concealed for centuries in the Vatican archives, and recently rediscovered and transcribed by musicologist Patrick Dittamo.

Having been in storage for nearly half a millennium, the original manuscript was damaged in places. Ink corrosion and bleeding affected the parchment, but by using modern technology and historic documents, including early music notation research at Yale University, Dittamo finished the transcription into modern notation in 2019.

The title of the mass, Missa ad te levavi, relates to the Gregorian chant Mass Proper text for the First Sunday of Advent. The Chorale will perform the piece much like it would have been performed nearly 500 years ago. The original Sistine Chapel choir and the Kansas City Chorale are both 24 voice ensembles, although the Sistine Chapel choir was entirely male.

The performance will also feature Chinese Folk Songs from Pulitzer Prize for Music finalist Chen Yi and Vanraj Bhatia’s Six Seasons, based on 11th century Sanskrit texts which were translated into Hindi by Vasant Dev.

May 5, 2019
2:00 pm

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
11th and Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64105

Parking Information
Limited free parking is available in the parking lot on the east side of the Cathedral (at the corner of 12th and Broadway).

Paid parking is generally available at the KC Southern/Cathedral Square garage across the street from the Cathedral (enter from Washington St. or from 13th St.) and the DST Garage at 12th St. and Broadway (enter from 12th St.).

Where to Dine
Tavernonna, next door to the Hotel Phillips, is a short walk from the Cathedral. Sunday brunch is served from 6:30 am to 2 pm. To view the menu and make reservations, visit their website.

May 7, 2019
7:30 pm

Our Lady of Sorrows
2552 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Parking Information
Free parking is available in the surface lot behind the church.

Where to Dine
Teocali is an authentic Mexican restaurant several blocks from Our Lady of Sorrows. Happy Hour is from 2-6 pm, and dinner is served until close at 10 pm. To view the menu and make reservations, visit their website.