Wednesday, May 12, 2010

PREVIEW: Bach's Mass in B Minor by the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra

It is too bad that I will not be able to go to this performance as it clashes with my going to the MET Opera HD Live's screening of Simon Boccanegra. However, I would highly recommend this performance of the Bach's Mass in B Minor by the Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra to celebrate their 40th anniversary. It will be on the 30th of May at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, 8pm.

The concert will feature an impressive line-up of world-class soloists including soprano Sylvia Schwartz, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella, tenor Christoph Genz and baritone Stephan Loges. The Mass in B Minor is generally regarded as one of the ultimate feats of classical music. Alberto Basso summarizes the work as follows: "The Mass in B minor is the consecration of a whole life: started in 1733 for 'diplomatic' reasons, it was finished in the very last years of Bach's life, when he had already gone blind. This monumental work is a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution the Cantor of Leipzig made to music. But it is also the most astounding spiritual encounter between the worlds of Catholic glorification and the Lutheran cult of the cross."

For more information, check-out the HKBC’s website:

Bach’s Mass in B Minor
The Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra
Date: 30th May, 2010 (Sunday)
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall
Tickets: HK$380, $280, $220, HK$160
Tickets will be available from all URBTIX outlets beginning 7 April 2010.
Online Booking:
Ticket Reservation: 27349009
Credit Card Booking: 21115999

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