Saturday 29 April, 2023

Michael Fowler Centre (7.30pm)

Bach’s Mass in B Minor is, without doubt, one of the greatest musical achievements of all time. In this one work, you will experience an abundance of different forms and genres, including his older renaissance to his modern 18th-century styles. Bach includes solo voices, single and double choruses, duets and duets that develop into quartets. Bach also shows off the orchestra with superb concerti grossi.

There was no obligation to compose the Mass in B Minor. Unlike his ‘Passions’, no one paid him for the work. The Mass was mostly composed at the end of his life, without Bach ever having the opportunity to hear it. Through the work, Bach becomes a museum curator, surveying his collection and building the most beautiful exhibition of his life. Perhaps he had one final desire to compose his greatest work before he left? Well, he certainly did that—it is utter perfection.

Saturday 2 December 2023

Michael Fowler Centre (7.30pm)

We’re delighted to bring you this joint presentation by Orpheus Choir Wellington + Orchestra Wellington.

It’s going to be mighty!

Soloists to be confirmed