Dedicated to the maestro and his music

2013-02-20T00:00:00Z Dedicated to the maestro and his music nwitimes.com
February 20, 2013 12:00 am

Audiences will thrill to a virtuoso performance in March of the unforgettable, moving Mass in B Minor, the seminal opus of Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the most important and celebrated works in the history of western music, the soul-stirring composition expresses the spirituality of Christendom across the ages. Under the direction of conductor Christopher M. Cock, the orchestra, Valparaiso University Chorale and Bach Choir will perform Bach’s beloved and inspirational Mass in B Minor on Saturday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University.

This not-to-be-missed program is presented by the university’s Bach Institute, dedicated to preserving, promoting, and performing the compositions of J.S. Bach.

“Bach’s Mass in B Minor is a universal statement of Christian faith that speaks to the essence of our human condition,” said Cock, who is director of the Bach Institute. “Beyond its sublime musical qualities, the Mass in B Minor speaks directly to the human soul, to the full sum of human religious thought and spiritual understanding.”

The Bach Institute was established to ensure the legacy of the music and theological perspective of Johann Sebastian Bach for future generations. The Institute explores the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach from its historic, musical and theological context through faithful and artistic performances, seminars and other academic activities, for the enrichment of communities world-wide.

The University Chorale is among the top Lutheran collegiate choirs in the United States, upholding the highest standard of choral art through performance of the greatest choral literature of all eras. Dedicated to performing works that celebrate the University’s Lutheran heritage, the choir is also noted for the performance of significant contemporary works in their original languages and music expressing multicultural perspectives.

The Thüringer Allgemeine reviewed the Chorale’s concert in 2007: “a first class ensemble … such a high degree of tonal unity, such sure intonation in the most complex and dissonant groups of chords, and such a precise feeling for dynamic shading …” and in 2010 the Schwarzwälder Bote exclaimed, “Their heavenly and virtuosic performance enthused the audience.”

Conductor Christopher Cock is Director of the Bach Institute and Professor of Music, holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Lutheran Music, and is Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at the university. Anticipating the March 23 concert, Cock concluded, “Experiencing this work in the iconic Chapel of the Resurrection at VU will be an incredible journey for every listener.”

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