Richard Eaton Singers performs Bach’s Mass in B minor
A full house enjoyed Bach’s Mass in B minor on Sunday March 9, 2014 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.
Here's what some of our audience had to say about it:
I thank RES for a most wonderful concert. Knowing what Len wants and what the choir can give, it was a celebration for me to take in.
The production was solid; the sound strong and clear, entries, endings clean. Singing next to the orchestra had its definite advantages. Very Best Wishes.
Before it recedes in memory, I wanted to thank you again for encouraging friends and family to attend. Edward and I enjoyed the concert immensely and I believe that we experienced world class music in a world class setting. It was perfect! Good karma coming your way…
I want to congratulate you on a very moving and beautiful performance of the B minor mass a couple of weeks ago. Thank you for showing us how this great work should be done! Very fine music making on all levels indeed.
Laurier Fagnan, DMus, Associate Professor of Music, UofA; Past President, Alberta Choral Federation; Directeur, Chorale Saint-Jean; Director, Vocal Acoustics Lab
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 was 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 were Jolaine Kerley, soprano; Jennifer Enns-Modolo, mezzo soprano; Derek Chester, tenor; and Michael Kurschat, bass.
Our most recent performance was on May 2nd & 3rd at the Winspear as guests of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for their Friday Masters series - Renaissance Men in a rare double World premiere of an ESO commission - RIVAL: Delights & Discords. Aptly named, this concert was a delight!
Join us next on Sunday, September 28, 2:30 pm, when we join Pro Coro Canada, Michael Zaugg conductor, for their concert at the Winspear, featuring Joby Talbot's exciting work, The Path of Miracles.
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