Oratorio Society of New York to Perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor

By Francisco Salazar

The Oratorio Society of New York concludes its 2022-23 season with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor.

The performance, which is set to be held on May 8, 2023 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, will feature Maestro Tritle leading the Orchestra of the Society and chorus. The concert will include soloists soprano Emily Donato, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, tenor Brian Giebler, and baritone Sidney Outlaw.

OSNY has performed the piece extensively throughout its history. The organization has performed the piece at Carnegie Hall and first played it on April 5, 1900, nine days after the U.S. premiere of the work by the Bach Bethlehem Choir. In the 30 years between 1926 and 1956, OSNY performed the work each spring at Carnegie Hall, and then again in April 1961 in celebration of Carnegie Hall being saved from destruction.

In a statement, Tritle said, “Bach’s Mass in B minor rounds out our season, This Baroque masterwork plumbs the resources of this chorus; we delight in showing our constituents that yes, a large and Romantic chorus can indeed scale the heights of these monuments, eliciting transparency, litheness, and deep emotional connection from beginning to end.”