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Helmuth Rilling Conducts The Nashville Symphony

Bach 'n' Roll

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J.S. Bach’s great B-minor Mass summarizes the composer’s staggering achievements in sacred music, much as his Art of Fugue and Well-Tempered Clavier catalog his prowess in instrumental genres. Bach specialist Helmuth Rilling joins the Nashville Symphony and Chorus this weekend to conduct this late-career masterpiece. Rilling founded the Stuttgart Bach Collegium in 1965, and began work on his acclaimed complete recordings of Bach’s cantatas. He also conducts the Oregon Bach Festival, which he co-founded in 1970. Though it is undoubtedly a high point of Western music history, the Mass is not frequently heard in the concert hall, so Rilling’s appearance with the NSO’s strong chorus will be a rare treat for classical music lovers. Admission is $35-$100.
Thu., March 4, 7 p.m.; Fri., March 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 6, 8 p.m., 2010

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