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Blanche Moyse Chorale Performs Bach Mass

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Courtesy of Blance Moyse Chorale

J.S Bach’s choral masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor, was often a highlight of performances of the New England Bach Festival, which was disbanded in 2004.

Now the piece is returning to Southern Vermont courtesy of the Blanche Moyse Chorale, which is based at the Brattleboro Music Center.

The center was founded by Moyse in 1951. 

The Chorale will be joined by the Strathmere Orchestra and a quartet of vocal soloists, for concerts this weekend in Bellows Falls and Brattleboro.  

Mary Westbook-Geha is the artistic director of the Blanche Moyse chorale, and will also be conducting this weekend’s concerts.

Westbrook-Geha call the Mass the "Masterpiece of The Master". 

She also says there are many threads of continuity between the Moyse-led New England Bach Festival, and the current incarnation of the Blanche Moyse Chorale.

VPR's Neal Charnoff spoke with Mary Westbrook-Geha about the upcoming performances.