Dr. Craig Jessop will conduct the critically acclaimed American Festival Chorus, along with the celebrated Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Orchestra and Principal Artists, in a performance of J.S. Bach’s monumental sacred masterwork, Mass in B minor.
A pinnacle of western classical music, Bach’s Mass in B minor is considered by many to be J.S. Bach's greatest and most complex work. Described by music scholars and critics as “remarkable,” “profound,” and “the Greatest Musical Work of All Times and All People,” the Baroque Era masterwork consists of more than two dozen choral and solo numbers – choruses, arias, and duets. Some of the movements feature violin and other instruments in solo roles. Italian musicologist Alberto Basso characterizes the Mass as “the most astounding spiritual encounter between the worlds of Catholic glorification and the Lutheran cult of the cross.” Bach wrote the component parts of his Mass in B minor between 1724 and 1749, but did not live to hear the complete work prior to his death in 1750.