Symposium: “Bach’s B Minor Mass in Context”

Event time: 
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
Miller Hall (PROS406) See map
406 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Johann Sebastian Bach’s B Minor Mass has been hailed as the “greatest artwork of all times and all people;” it has been performed in churches and concert halls; and the number of recordings on records, CDs, and on streaming services is breathtaking.

The three talks will explore the rich resonances of the Mass and of Bach’s music, ranging from its roots in the long history of the Christian liturgy to the legacy of the piece in the US, both in public performances and, transformed, in the musical language of jazz composers such as Dave Brubeck. The talks will unravel the threads that connect this composition to its sacred origins and gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual and cultural influences that have shaped its enduring legacy.

Free and open to the public, but please register by April 24. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Daniel Boomhower (Dumbarton Oaks)
Stephen A. Crist (Emory University)
Alannah Rebekah Franklin (Oklahoma Baptist University)

Event chair: Lynette Bowring (Yale University)


9–9:30 a.m Breakfast in Miller Hall
9:30-10:15 a.m. Speaker 1 Daniel Boomhower
10:15-11 a.m. Speaker 2: Alannah Rebekah Franklin
11-11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Speaker 3: Stephen A. Crist
12:15–1 p.m. Lunch

Open to: 
General Public