Critic’s Choice

By Lawrence Budmen

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Easter week brings a feast of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred works in performances by major visiting and local groups. The Broward Center’s classical series concludes Wednesday night with the Gäechinger Kantorie and Bach Collegium of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart performing Bach’s Mass in B minor.

Completed in 1749, a year before Bach’s death, the mass is arguably Bach’s greatest choral work. The Stuttgart forces have recorded all of Bach’s cantatas, passion settings and other sacred music under former longtime director Helmuth Rilling. Hans-Christoph Rademann, the group’s director since 2013, conducts the Fort Lauderdale performance.

The Gäechinger Kantorie and Bach Collegium Stuttgart perform Bach’s Mass in B minor 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.


Seraphic Fire offers two performances of Bach’s Easter Oratorio. Originally composed for Easter Sunday services in Leipzig in 1725 and revised a decade later, the work is a commentary on the Resurrection, forming a sequel to Bach’s St. John and St. Matthew Passions. Artistic director Patrick Quigley conducts.

Seraphic Fire presents Bach’s Easter Oratorio 7:30 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Coral Gables and 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Sanctuary Church, 1400 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

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