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The Sebastians perform Bach’s “little” Mass in G major, BWV 236, in a one-per-part performance much as Bach might have intended it. Between the movements of the mass, we will include works by Bach’s contemporaries, also simulating the way the movements of the mass would have been separated by parts of the church service.
Bach wrote five Missae breves, short masses, and they are all masterpieces in miniature. The Mass in G major, BWV 236, features incredible arias for bass and tenor and a gorgeous duet for soprano and alto. For this performance, we will use forces with the same proportions Bach had: a small chamber orchestra, and just four singers who perform both as soloists and chorus. Bach’s counterpoint has never been clearer!
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Mass in G major, BWV 236 (Leipzig, 1738/39)
and orchestral works by Bach’s contemporaries
Clara Rottsolk, soprano
Wee Kiat Chia, countertenor
Jimmy Reese, tenor
Tyler Duncan, bass
Margaret Owens, oboe
Joseph Jones, bassoon
Daniel Lee, Nicholas DiEugenio, Beth Wenstrom, Edson Scheid, Chiara Stauffer, Rebecca Nelson, Carmen Johnson-Pájaro, violin
Kyle Miller, viola
Ezra Seltzer, Sarah Stone, cello
Nathaniel Chase, violone
Jeffrey Grossman, harpsichord and organ
Safety and COVID-19
The safety of our performers, staff, and audience are of the utmost importance to us. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we will closely monitor local conditions as concerts date draw near. We reserve the right to require proof of vaccionation, masking, and distance inside the concert hall. We will announce our safety procedures for each concert in advance of the performance date.
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