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During this season of Lent, Pegasus Early Music offers a special program this Sunday of the "Mystery Sonatas" of Franz Ignaz Biber, depicting the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary. The 15 sonatas in the group are also thought to reflect the "15 Mysteries of the Rosary," causing the work also to be referenced as the "Rosary Sonatas." Pegasus Artistic Director Deborah Fox says that the "Mystery Sonatas" can be heard as a religious meditation as well as a tour-de-force for the violinist, and points out that each of the 15 sonata uses the violin in a different tuning. At the violin will be Elizabeth Wallfisch, recently appointed as director of baroque programmes with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. This work, circa 1676, is scored for solo violin and accompanied by organ, harpsichord, theorbo, and violone. There is a pre-concert talk at 3:15 pm

The "Mystery Sonatas" takes place Sunday, February 24, 4 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. $10-$25. 703-3990, PegasusEarlyMusic.org.

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