Rarely performed music considered a great musical work

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sacred Works will feature two chorale groups, the jazz ensemble and guitar ensemble. More than 100 people are involved in the special concert.

“Sacred Works,” a rarely performed musical composition by Duke Ellington, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 8 at St. Anne’s Chapel on the Marylhurst University campus. Scored for full choir, soloists, big band, tap dancers and narrator, the musical composition is considered one of the 20th century’s great musical works.

“Every man prays in his own language and there is no language that God does not understand,” Ellington is quoted as saying. He called the First, Second and Third Sacred Concerts his most important musical work. Written near the end of his life, the music is regarded as “a soulful, jazzy and deeply felt religious journey through a huge variety of African-American musical styles,” according to a release from the Marylhurst music department.

The concert features the Marylhurst Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Tom Sandhal; Marylhurst Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Cosley and the Marylhurst Chorale and Choral Union, under the direction of Justin Smith.

Tickets are $10 general admission online at

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