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BSO offers Bach's B minor Mass in style

BSO offers Bach's B minor Mass in style

Composed over the course of more than a decade and lasting much too long for any practical use in a church service, Bach's B minor Mass stands as one of the supreme works of human hands. The ingenuity of the counterpoint, the prismatic orchestration and, above all, Bach's profound treatment of the ancient Latin text make the piece capable of speaking to listeners of any faith and no faith alike.

Absent from its repertoire for 50 years, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is offering up the Mass in a performance that also features the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and four fine soloists, all led by Nicholas McGegan.

The conductor, a widely admired baroque music specialist, can...