Mass in B Minor


Walter L. Nollner Memorial Concert:

Richardson Auditorium
Sunday April 17th, 7:30PM

Princeton University Glee Club
The Nassau Sinfonia
Gabriel Crouch, director

Jessica Petrus, soprano
Barbara Rearick, mezzo-soprano
Tom Cooley, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Tickets: $15 general admission, $5 students
Passport to the arts eligible.
Purchase tickets here or call 609-258-9220.

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The Princeton University Glee Club, under conductor Gabriel Crouch, performs the masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach that may rightly be called the summation of his life’s work: The Mass in B Minor, BWV 232. Completed a year before the composer’s death, this epic composition has been hailed for centuries as one of the greatest musical works of all time; 

“The Mass in B Minor is as lofty in design, scope and expression as anything written by the hand of man.” (NPR) Hearing this work within the intimate setting of Richardson Auditorium and performed with the youthful enthusiasm of the Glee Club promises to make this cherished music all the more vibrant. The choir will be joined by a professional baroque orchestra and an extraordinary cast of soloists - Jessica Petrus (soprano), Barbara Rearick (mezzo), Tom Cooley (tenor) and Dashon Burton (bass). Tickets for this event are only $15 general / $5 for students with valid identification. 

The Princeton University Glee Club is Princeton’s oldest and most prestigious choir.  The ensemble is composed of about 75 mixed voices and gives multiple performances throughout the year featuring music from the Renaissance to the present day. The Glee Club tours internationally every two years to locations as diverse as Italy, Paris, Hong Kong Buenos Aires, Leipzig, and Prague.

Jessica Petrus, soprano, is lauded for her “velvety suaveness” by the New York Times and for her “brilliant, agile soprano” by the San Diego Story. She premiered the solo soprano role in Robert Kyr’s The Annunciation, and has worked with Steve Reich in a performance of his Proverb. Petrus is a 2012 graduate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Art Song, Oratorio and Chamber Ensemble program, where she studied with tenor James Taylor.

American mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick has been lauded by Opera News for her “tonal beauty” and Gramophone for her “charm and finesse.” Since her 1993 Carnegie Hall debut in Handel's Messiah, she has performed internationally with such orchestras as the Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Thomas Cooley (tenor) is quickly establishing an international reputation as a singer of great versatility, expressiveness, and virtuosity. This season’s highlights include Bob Boles in Britten’s Peter Grimes with the St. Louis Symphony in Carnegie Hall, the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Seattle Symphony, and the title role in Handel’s Samson with the American Classical Orchestra at Lincoln Center, among others. 

Bass-baritone Dashon Burton, praised for his “nobility and rich tone,” (New York Times) and “enormous, thrilling voice” (Wall Street Journal), is active in a wide range of repertoire and feels privileged to have worked with artists and ensembles all across the U.S. as well as in Cameroon, Canada, Italy and Germany. Recent collaborations include Pierre Boulez, Masaaki Suzuki and Steven Smith.