Juilliard415 and Yale Schola Cantorum, Conducted by Music Director Masaaki Suzuki, Tour Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar, June 2-14, 2013


Performing J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor

Start Date

Tuesday, May 14, 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)


Juilliard415 and Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by music director Masaaki Suzuki, tour to Japan, Singapore, and Myanmar, June 2-14, 2013 performing J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Three performances take place in Japan, in Tokyo on Sunday, June 2 at Sogakudo Concert Hall, Sendai on Monday, June 3 at Kawauchi Hagi Hall, and Osaka on Thursday, June 6 at Izumi Hall in Japan; with an additional appearance in Singapore on Sunday, June 9 at the Esplanade Concert Hall; and two appearances in Yangon, Myanmar. The program in Myanmar features Bach's cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV4, and other chamber and vocal works. These concerts mark the third collaboration between the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Juilliard Historical Performance, and their second international tour. Juilliard415 and Yale Schola Cantorum performed together in Milan, Florence, and Rome in 2011. They have performed the Mass in Connecticut, New York, and Virginia.

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. Beloved among Bach’s monumental works, the Mass explores the furthest reaches of musical possibility. 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 his remarkable musical mind. It is a display of sheer technical mastery, considered 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.


JUNE 2-14, 2013



Yale Schola Cantorum and

Juilliard415 in

J.S. BACH Mass in B Minor

Tokyo: Sogakudo Concert Hall
Sunday, June 2, 2013 | 3 PM

Tickets: 2000 ¥ (general seating)
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Sendai: Kawauchi Hagi Hall

Monday, June 3, 2013 | 7 PM

Tickets: 2000/1000 ¥

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Osaka: Izumi Hall

Thursday, June 6, 2013 | 7 PM

Tickets: 3000 ¥


Singapore: Esplanade Concert Hall

Sunday, June 9, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Tickets: $15, $25, $35, $50 from SISTIC

Hotline: 6348 5555 Online: www.sistic.com.sg

Yangon, Myanmar

June 10-14, 2013

Program includes Bach's cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV4, and other chamber and vocal music.