Richard Eaton Singers performs Bach’s Mass in B minor
Richard Eaton Singers (RES) will present Bach’s Mass in B minor on Sunday March 9, 2014 at 7.30pm in the Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton. The Mass in B minor is one of the greatest masterworks of choral compositions of Western classical repertoire, and is considered to be a pinnacle of achievement for many choirs and their conductors. Richard Eaton Singers, who have presented the Bach St. Matthew and St. John Passions and Christmas Oratorio in recent years, have performed this work four times in the past, most recently in 2001.
RES is dedicated to the enjoyment, study and performance of great choral music, to an international standard of excellence, and to fostering the appreciation of this music. Founded in 1951 by the late Richard S. Eaton, RES has played a leading role in Edmonton’s cultural community for more than six decades. In addition to presenting its own concerts, the choir is a regular guest of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and collaborates frequently with other Edmonton ensembles, including the Alberta Baroque Ensemble in this performance. It has also collaborated with other Canadian choirs in the past, including the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus, the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. This past summer RES embarked on a two week tour of Germany, highlighted by performances at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach was Kapellmeister for much of his career.
This performance will be led by Leonard Ratzlaff, professor of choral music at the Department of Music at University of Alberta, who has been the Musical Director of RES for 33 years. Soloists are Jolaine Kerley, soprano; Jennifer Enns-Modolo, mezzo soprano; Derek Chester, tenor; and Michael Kurschat, bass.
Tickets are available through the Winspear Box Office
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