Here are a few reasons that I think the Cantata Singers’ performance of the Bach B Minor Mass (Friday night and Sunday afternoon) is worth the price of admission.
- “Dona Nobis Pacem”; same as above, but with a bigger payoff
- The bass section’s virtuosic rendering of “Et iterum venturus est”
- “Confiteor” (OK, David, you convinced me)
- Piccolo trumpets!
I’m also looking forward to the great, dramatic tension of the performance. Not Mr. Bach’s drama–our own personal variety. For instance:
- Will the soloists be able to cross the stage without colliding?
- Will the horn player sustain his unblemished record of not splattering the high notes?
- Will the tempo in the “Cum Sancto” be caffeinato or molto caffeinato?
- Will the oboists finish their crossword puzzles before curtain time?
- At what point will I be so carried away by the music that I whack the organist in the head with my folder?
Come and join us Friday night, 3/18 or Sunday afternoon, 3/20; both performances at Jordan Hall.