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It remains something of a mystery that one of the most famous Catholic masses set to music was written by a Protestant. Johann Sebastian Bach was sufficiently devout to approach music as a divine calling and composed a number of the choral hymns of his own Lutheran tradition over the course of his career. Yet his Mass in B Minor was a labor of love stretching over a quarter century. He finished it just a year before his death and never heard it performed in its entirety. You, on the other hand, can hear the University of Maryland concert choir join the National Symphony Orchestra in performing the epic, 27-part choral mass for an ecumenical Easter weekend concert.

THE CONCERT TAKES PLACE AT 8 P.M. TONIGHT AND TOMORROW AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, 2700 F ST. NW. $25–$85. (800) 444-1324.