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The Magnificent Enigma: J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor, presented by Derek Tam

Vallejo Choral Society

Vallejo Choral Society The Magnificent Enigma: J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor, presented by Derek Tam

Free and open to the public, this unique presentation by VCS Artistic Director Derek Tam marks the start of VCS's 103rd season.

More than 270 years after Johann Sebastian Bach laid down his pen for a work he would never hear in his lifetime, the so-called Mass in B minor continues to captivate listeners and performers alike. Join VCS Artistic Director Derek Tam for an exploration into Bach's motivations for compiling a Roman Catholic mass, himself a devout Lutheran, as well as the work's decades-long gestation.

An early music specialist, Derek will also discuss how interpretations of the Mass in B minor—and Bach's music in general—have evolved, and how we are still discovering more about this enigmatic masterpiece.

All are welcome to attend this free event. To register, visit

For those interested in exploring the Bach mass even further, join VCS for Program 1 of its 2020–2021 season, 12 weekly online rehearsals and workshops. The gatherings take place Wednesdays from 7–8:30 PM, September 9 to December 2, with finale celebration Saturday, December 5.

* 12 value-packed, interactive online sessions
* Musicianship, vocal technique, sight-singing, small-ensemble demos, and master-class critiques
* Virtual-choir productions of selected movements of the Bach mass
* $150 for the entire series, (equivalent to $12 per session)

To register, visit our website:

  • Venue: Online
  • Date: Wed September 2, 2020 7:00pm
  • City:
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Price Range: free
  • Tickets: 707-653-6827

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B minor


Derek Tam