Bach in Baltimore- Bach’s Mass in b minor

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Elliott City, Maryland

  1. Herbert Dimmock leads the full Bach in Baltimore Choir and Orchestra and four superb vocal soloists in the performance of Bach’s magnum opus, Mass in B Minor. This work represents Bach’s lifelong and tireless artistry as a composer and musician of the highest caliber. It is a grand synthesis of his every musical innovation and contribution. Bach began Mass in B Minor early in his career and didn’t finish it until the end of his life when he had already gone blind. As a result, Bach never got a chance to hear a complete performance of his masterpiece that weaves together conventions common to both Lutheran and Catholic masses. Bach’s virtuosity lives on forever with Mass in B Minor, an inspiring testament to dogged determination, relentless craftsmanship, and spiritual belief. Mass in B Minor is regarded as one of the supreme achievements of Western Civilization and arguably the greatest single musical piece ever written!

Kristen Dubenion-Smith, alto soloist