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Juilliard415 Joins Yale Schola Cantorum in Performances of J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor on April 26 (New Haven) and April 27 (NYC)

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Conducted by its Music Director Masaaki Suzuki; Performances Take Place Friday, April 26 at 8 PM in Woolsey Hall in New Haven, CT and Saturday, April 27 at 3 PM at Saint Thomas Church in NYC

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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Masaaki Suzuki (Photo by Marco Borggreve)
Masaaki Suzuki (Photo by Marco Borggreve)
Yale Schola Cantorum
Yale Schola Cantorum
Juilliard415 (Photo by Nan Melville)
Juilliard415 (Photo by Nan Melville)

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Juilliard415, the School’s student period-instrument ensemble, joins Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by its music director Masaaki Suzuki, for two performances of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Yale University in Woolsey Hall (College and Grove Streets, New Haven) on Friday, April 26 at 8 PM and in NYC at Saint Thomas Church (1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue, NYC) on Saturday, April 27 at 3 PM. The ensembles will travel to Norfolk, Virginia for an additional performance on Sunday, April 28 at 8 PM in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center as part of the Virginia Arts Festival. A tour to Japan and Singapore follows in June. (Details to be announced.) The concerts mark the third collaboration between the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Juilliard Historical Performance to present historically-informed performances on period instruments.

The concert at Woolsey Hall at Yale is FREE; no tickets are required. For further information, go to www.yale.edu/schola/events.htm.

Tickets for the Saint Thomas Church concert are $95 (Prime) and $75 (Preferred) and assigned in the center and on the front sides of the church; $45 (standard) and student/senior tickets at $35 are open seating (first come, first served) at the back, sides, and balcony. Saint Thomas Friends of Music are eligible for complimentary tickets. For further information, go to www.saintthomaschurch.org/music/concerts.

For more information on the Virginia Arts Festival, go to www.vafest.org.

J. S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, which was assembled and revised in the final years of the composer’s life, is one of the towering achievements in Western classical music. Among Bach’s most monumental and beloved works, the Mass explores the furthest reaches of musical possibility, and is extraordinary testament to Bach’s life and work.

It is still not known exactly why the Mass was written: it was not performed during Bach’s lifetime, and not in its entirety until the mid-19th century. Bach adapted and assembled the Mass from music that he had written over the course of his long career, but seemingly entirely of his own volition: the Mass is not the result of a commission request as there was no occasion that called for it; Bach didn’t even have a plan to perform it. Instead, it seems likely that he produced the Mass simply to satisfy his own desire for large-scale musical perfection, to leave a masterpiece for posterity that demonstrated all the abilities of the greatest musical mind the world has ever known. It is a display of sheer technical mastery, flawless in its conception and perfect in its execution.

Juilliard415 is Juilliard Historical Performance’s principal period-instrument ensemble and performs rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises, from the consort music of 17th-century Venetian composers like Castello and Buonamente to the great masterworks of J.S. Bach to the symphonies of Haydn and Mozart, all under the direction of distinguished resident and guest artists. This season Juilliard415 has been led by William Christie, Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, Gonzalo Ruiz, and Jordi Savall.

Yale University’s highly acclaimed chamber choir, Yale Schola Cantorum, was founded in 2003 by Simon Carrington. It is a 24-voice chamber choir that sings in concerts and choral services. Supported by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with the School of Music, and open by audition to all Yale students, it specializes in music from before 1750 and the last hundred years. Since 2009, Schola Cantorum has been under the direction of conductor Masaaki Suzuki. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven and New York, the choir records and tours nationally and internationally. The ensemble has recorded several of J.S. Bach’s choral masterpieces. Guest conductors have included Krzysztof Penderecki and Sir Neville Marriner.

These performances will be directed by the distinguished early-music conductor, Masaaki Suzuki. Since founding the Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Mr. Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of J.S. Bach. He has remained the group’s music director ever since, taking it regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the United States, and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances. In addition to conducting, Mr. Suzuki is also renowned as an organist and harpsichordist. He regularly is invited to work with European soloists and groups, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and the Freiburger Barockorchester, and he recently appeared in London with the Britten Sinfonia in a program of Britten, Mozart, and Stravinsky. Forthcoming engagements with other ensembles include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestras.  In 2001, Mr. Suzuki was decorated with the Federal Order of Merit from Germany. His impressive discography on the BIS label includes his interpretations with Bach Collegium Japan of Bach’s major choral works and sacred cantatas, with forty volumes now completed. In 2010, he and Bach Collegium Japan were awarded both a German Record Critics’ Award and a Diapason d’Or de l’Année for their recording of Bach motets, which was also been honored with a BBC Music Magazine award in 2011.

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Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Yale Schola Cantorum

Juilliard415

J.S. BACH Mass in B Minor

Friday, April 26, 8 PM, Woolsey Hall, New Haven, CT

Performance at Woolsey Hall, Yale University, College and Grove Streets, New Haven, CT

FREE; no tickets are required. For further information, go to www.yale.edu/schola/events.htm.

Saturday, April 27, 3 PM, Saint Thomas Church, NYC

Performance at Saint Thomas Church, 1 West 53rd Street at Fifth Avenue, NYC

Tickets for the Saint Thomas Church concert are $95 (Prime) and $75 (Preferred) and assigned in the center and on the front sides of the church; $45 (standard) and student/senior tickets at $35 are open seating (first come, first served) at the back, sides, and balcony. Saint Thomas Friends of Music are eligible for complimentary tickets.

For further information, go to www.saintthomaschurch.org/music/concerts.

Sunday, April 28, 8 PM, Virginia Arts Festival, TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, Virginia

For more information on the Virginia Arts Festival, go to www.vafest.org.