The University of King’s College Chapel Choir and director Paul Halley are doing something rare and wonderful: an ongoing, three-year performance cycle featuring J.S. Bach’s St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, and Mass in B Minor. This year’s work is the famous Mass in B Minor.
The work is one of Bach’s final compositions, completed in the year before his death and not performed in its entirety until a century later, following the discovery of the original score. Now widely considered one of the greatest compositions in musical history, the Mass is a summation of Bach’s lifework, a grand synthesis of enormous musical and spiritual import.
Alongside the King’s choristers, the performances will feature the hand-picked chamber orchestra Ensemble Regale, led by Baroque master David Greenberg, and a stellar cast of early music soloists from Canada, the U.S. and England: Canadian soprano Agnes Zsigovics (described by Early Music Review as “among the best ever”), preeminent Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor, British tenor James Kennerley (rising star as a conductor, organist, and singer in New York), and bass-baritone Edmund Milly (who recently made his Lincoln Centre debut as Jesus in the St John Passion under Masaaki Suzuki). These performances present a rare opportunity to experience the magnificence of Bach’s masterwork live in Nova Scotia.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 4 p.m.
St John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Tickets for the Lunenburg performance are available from Musique Royale at (902) 634-9994.
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 4 p.m.
Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax
Tickets for the Halifax performance will be available soon at www.kingschapelchoir.eventbrite.ca and from the King’s Co-op Bookstore, (902) 422-1270 ext. 261.