This Saturday night in the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium the Ohio University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra will be performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor.
The Mass in B minor is a musical setting of the complete Latin Mass. The work was one of Bach’s last, not completed until 1749, the year before his death in 1750. Much of the Mass consisted of music that Bach had composed earlier: the Kyrie and Gloriasections had been composed as a Lutheran Missa in 1733 for the Elector of Saxony at Dresden. The Sanctus dates back to 1724, and the Qui tollismovement was based on a cantata chorus dating from 1714. To complete the work, however, in the 1740s Bach composed new sections of the Credo such as Et incarnatus est. The completed Mass was his last major composition.
The piece has never been performed in Athens before and it will be conductor Dr. Peter Jarjisian’s last performance as Director of Choirs at Ohio University.
Alumni from across the country will be travelling to Athens for the opportunity to perform the B-minor Mass.
The choirs have been rehearsing the score for the entire academic year and have even performed selections along the way, but the Mass will be presented in its entirety on Saturday night.
Faculty soloists include You-Seong Kim, Debra Rentz, Philip Christiansen, Andrew Blosser, and Paul Barte with guest soloist Katherine Rohrer.
Saturday May 26 at 7:30pm in the Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free.