Bach and Mozart classics at Bach Chamber Choir

The Bach Chamber Choir—directed by Eric A. Johnson—will perform masterworks of the foremost composers of the Baroque and Classic periods, J.S. Bach and Wolfgang Mozart. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15, at St. James Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford.

Joining in the concert sponsored by WNIU will be the Bach Chamber Orchestra and four soloists: soprano Andrea Holiday, mezzo-soprano Oarna Arins, tenor Andrzej Stec and bass Eric Miranda.

In honor of his wedding to Constanze Weber in 1782, Mozart applied mature skills to his final setting of the text of the Ordinary Mass, the C Minor Mass. His setting for double choir, orchestra and soloists alternates riveting choruses of praise with virtuosic solos. His bride is reported to have sung soaring soprano solos in early performances.

Bach’s Jesu Meine Freude is considered the crown jewel of the German motet tradition.

Student prices are $10 with adult tickets $15 each.Call the ticket hotline at 633-9096.

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