Lutherans in the Twin Cities

VocalEssence to interpret Bach’s Mass in B minor with Bastian Clevé film

VocalEssence and conductor Philip Brunelle, with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and several soloists, will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor at 8 p.m., on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at St. Olaf Catholic Church in Minneapolis. A screening of German director Bastian Clevé’s film The Sound of Eternity will run simultaneously.

It took 25 years for Clevé to bring this multimedia version of Bach’s Mass in B minor to the screen. The Sound of Eternity is comprised of 27 short, dialogue-free films — based on the 27-part musical structure of the mass — that lead the viewer through alpine mountains and glaciers to peaceful valleys and pulsating metropolitan cities. The result is a powerful meditation on existence and being, the religious and the unexplainable and, ultimately, the circle of life.

Known as the “queen among masses,” Bach’s Mass in B minor is the composer’s opus ultimum and opus summum — the artistic record of a life’s work. Bach spent the last 15 years of his life at work on this significant piece, and it is the only complete mass that he ever composed.

Tickets for The Sound of Eternity are $13.50-$43.50. For information, call 612/371-5656 or visit

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