St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 34 South Chestnut Street,
New Paltz, NY
In celebration of Kairos' 20th anniversary as the
premiere vocal ensemble of the Hudson Valley, and as the
third performance in its 2014 Bach Cantata Series,
Kairos presents Johann Sebastian Bach's masterpiece
Mass In B-Minor (BWV 232) with orchestra.
It is fitting that the concert will be held at St.
Joseph's Church in New Paltz, where Kairos began its
long and illustrious career.
The Mass In B-Minor was one of
Bach's last compositions, not completed until 1749, the
year before his death. It was the longest and most
complex setting of the Mass ever written up to that date
and was never performed in its entirety during Bach's
The Mass originated in 1733 as a setting of the "Kyrie"
and "Gloria", the only movements of the Mass
traditionally set to music in Lutheran services.
However, in his last years, Bach extended the work to
include the entire Mass text, transforming it into a
universal statement that transcends doctrinal
limitations. In compiling the Mass, Bach drew on many of
his earlier works, revising and refining them in search
of an ultimate perfection of form and contention. Bach
scholar Christoph Wolff describes the work as
representing "a summary of his writing for voice, not
only in its variety of styles, compositional devices,
and range of sonorities, but also in its high level of
technical polish ... Bach's mighty setting preserved the
musical and artistic creed of its creator for
The celebration continues with
a post-concert reception - all are welcome!
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||Our performance of the
Mass in B-Minor, BWV 232 is made possible with funds from
the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York
State Council on the arts with the support of Governor Andrew
Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by
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