Williams Concert ChoirBach Mass in B Minor
Brad Wells, director
Alexander Schumacker ‘08, student conductor
The Williams Concert Choir, directed by Brad Wells, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Chapin Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
To close its season, the choir will be joined in this performance by student and professional instrumentalists as well as solo vocalists Mary Ellen Callahan, Kerry Ryer-Parke, Pam Dellal, Charles Blandy and Keith Kibler. Assembled in the final years of the composer’s life, the Mass in B Minor stands as Bach’s magnum opus — a summary of baroque vocal music at the highest level.
Williams College has long had a fine tradition of music performance in its choral ensembles. Wells, in his ninth year as Director of Vocal Activities, has helped that tradition flourish. The choral program has much to offer students interested in singing, with a number of performances throughout the year, a wide range of repertoire, recordings and tours.
The season usually includes one major concert on campus each semester. Additionally, the group regularly participates in choral festivals and performs around the community at a variety of events at the Clark Art Museum, the Williams College Museum of Art, the annual Lessons and Carols service in Thompson Chapel.