Chattanooga Bach Choir To Present B Minor Mass

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece, his B Minor Mass, returns to Chattanooga for the first time in 58 years on Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) in a concert by The Chattanooga Bach Choir at 3:30 p.m. at Brainerd United Methodist Church.

The performance will be conducted by David Long, who also serves as the choir’s Artistic Director. The concert choir comprises 39 voices accompanied by an orchestra of 26.

Soloists for the work are soprano Cynthia Johnson, music instructor at Lee University and Music Director at Cleveland’s Broad Street Methodist Church; soprano Loralee Songer, tenor Ron Brendel, and alto Andrea Dismukes, all of Lee University’s Music Department; and baritone Brett Hyberger, voice artist and member of the music faculty at Chattanooga State Technical College.

Considered by many to be the pinnacle of Bach’s musical achievements, the mass is Bach’s only setting of the full Catholic mass. Much too long to have been written for use in a Catholic service, this mass is thought to be an all-purpose liturgical work whose separate parts were meant to be used in both Catholic and Lutheran settings. The mass was not written as a single work; Bach used a Sanctus from the Christmas liturgy at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1724, a Kyrie and Gloria written in 1733 in an effort to win the title of Court Kapellmeister to the Elector of Saxony, many revisions of earlier works, both sacred and secular, and some fresh compositions minted especially for the work. He completed revising and composing the work in 1749 and 1750, the last years of his life.

A work of great variety, the mass incorporates compositions that reflect the style of Renaissance masters as well as multiple fugues, a great deal of text-painting, and even some theologically significant numerology, with many numerical references to the Trinity and thematic reiterations of 13 (completeness as illustrated by Jesus and the 12 apostles). The intricacies of the work would be the study of a lifetime.

Though there is no charge for the concert, a donation of $15 is requested. Students with valid IDs will be admitted without expectation of any donation.



The Professional Actor Training Program At Chattanooga State Presents Boys' Life

The Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State will presents Boys' Life, opening Friday. The show runs for three performances only, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Performances take place in the Humanities Theatre on the Chattanooga State campus, 4501 Amnicola Hwy.  Admission is free. Reservations are not needed.    ... (click for more)

Grammy Winner Michael McDonald Plays At Walker Theatre July 24

Michael McDonald will perform at Walker Theatre on July 24.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $125, $79.50 and $49.50 (plus applicable fees) and available here beginning Friday.  Review for Michael McDonald:  With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes and personal and professional accolades, as ... (click for more)

Jury Clears Juvenile Judge Philyaw Of Discrimination Charge In Dismissal Of Openly Gay Magistrate

A federal jury deliberated about an hour on Tuesday afternoon before ruling in favor of Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, who had been sued by an openly gay magistrate that he dismissed. Judge Travis McDonough had dismissed the other two defendants - Court Administrator Sam Mairs and Hamilton County - from the case at the close of the proof. Judge Philyaw said, "I thank the ... (click for more)

Attorney Elliott Says City Council Action On Mountain Creek Zoning Case "Highly Irregular And Highly Illegal"

The City Council on Tuesday night took action on a Mountain Creek zoning case, though attorney Sam Elliott said it was "highly irregular and highly illegal." The council voted 7-2 to instruct the city attorney to file a new zoning case on a section of the former Quarry golf course against the wishes of the owner of the property and the developer who plans to buy it. Attorney ... (click for more)

Why Can't Someone Unstop The Water Buildup Problem At The I-24 Cummings Highway Exit? - And Response

Exit 174 on westbound Interstate 24 is closed again as is the westbound entrance ramp. Cummings Highway is shut as well. I inquired at TDOT on Dec. 28, 2015, why this continues to happen. The engineer’s response was that the drain from ground west of the interstate runs under private land and cover over it has caused that pipe to collapse. Obviously flow still goes through, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Corker And ‘The Code’

Of all the vows, pledges, and bonds born unto the human race, nothing overrides “The Code.” It is an unwritten but deeply important knowledge that men should abide with equal respect, fierce loyalty, and chivalrous understanding of one another. For example, The Code dictates you must not and can never date a good friend’s ex-girlfriend, or ex-wife. Rather, you respect your friend ... (click for more)