Scholars spend decades probing the music, the Latin text, the source material and the religious symbolism encrypted within the structure of Bach’s final composition, the Mass in B Minor. Where some works do well with the occasional airing–maybe not more than that–the B Minor Mass is nearly incomprehensible to its most seasoned devotees. What a gift to find so many opportunities to partake in this music throughout the city of Chicago.
Soli Deo Gloria presents the work in its entirety on Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM at St. Vincent de Paul church, an event being broadcast live on WFMT. Bill McGlaughlin has been presenting a nice course on the piece throughout the week on Exploring Music, and Riccardo Muti will have his way with the work April 11th-16th, harnessing the forces of the Chicago Symphony and Chorus. If you now feel the calling to begin your own journey, check out the following from Chicago Symphony Program Annotator Philip Huscher.
Mr. Huscher’s program notes are provided by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
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