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St. John's College Community Chorus performs Bach's Mass in B Minor
FOR RELEASE: April 16, 2009
CONTACT: Rosemary Harty: 410-972-4511
The St. John's College Community Chorus will perform Bach's Mass in B Minor in the college's Great Hall at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Directed by tutor Peter Kalkavage, the chorus comprises St. John's students, staff, faculty and alumni. The concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required, but seating in the Great Hall is limited.
The Mass in B Minor, arguably the greatest setting for the Mass every written, was completed in the last decade of Bach's life. Consisting of music written over the whole of Bach's career, this immense work was never performed as a whole during the composer's life. The work stands as a monument to Bach's contrapuntal art and to his deeply held Christian faith.
Kalkavage has directed the chorus for 15 years. The 40-member chorus will be accompanied by Annapolis senior Luke Russell on piano, and by Richard Maxham, first violin; Kelly Becker, second violin; Chester Burke, flute; and Eric Stoltzfus, cello.