University of South Carolina

USC Concert Choir opens season with Bach

By: Frenche` Brewer,, 803-777-3691


The University of South Carolina Concert Choir performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor for its opening season program at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 3.

The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia.

Soloists from the USC School of Music faculty, including Tina Stallard, Janet Hopkins, Walter Cuttino and Jacob Will, and Virginia Tech guest soprano Ariana Wyatt are set to perform with the choir.

Larry Wyatt, director of the concert choir, says the complex piece of work by Bach has only been performed once in Columbia, more than 20 years ago.

“Performances of the B-minor Mass around the world are not rare because the stature of the music demands that it be performed. However, when performances are mounted, they become something of a musical event, attracting the full attention of music lovers,” Wyatt says.

Music scholars call Bach’s Mass in B Minor the greatest musical work of the 19th century through today. Most of the work's sections date from various times in Bach's long residence in Leipzig, and were assembled to form a complete Mass only near the end of his life. The earliest section is the “Sanctus,” from 1724. The “Kyrie and Gloria” are taken from a 1733 Mass that Bach dedicated to the electoral court of Saxony at Dresden. The last major addition was the “Credo,” written in 1748-49.

An orchestra comprising USC faculty, students and professional musicians from Columbia, Charleston, Virginia and Florida, will perform movements featuring instrumental violin, flute, oboe, and bassoon and horn soloists.  

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for preferred seating. To purchase tickets, email, or call 803-777-5369.



Posted: 03/01/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/01/13 @ 9:23 AM | Permalink