Schola: "Towards a Better World"

November 19, 2015

In October Masaaki Suzuki, Schola’s principal guest conductor, returned to the podium to conduct an all-Bach program that included the Lutheran Masses BWV 234 and 235. Schola performed with the period-instrumentalists of Juilliard415, who also presented the third Brandenburg Concerto. The program was performed in New Haven at St. Mary’s Church (photo) and in New York at Lincoln Center. Of the New York performance, Stan Metzger of Seen and Heard International said

“[Yale Schola Cantorum] sang with tremendous vitality, never wavering under the guidance of Suzuki….. In whatever short period of time he had to rehearse these students, he drew from them a quality of sound certainly near, if not equal to, the instrumentalists and chorus of his Bach Collegium Japan… to have one of the great masters of Bach on stage with one of the best choruses and the top student orchestra in its field is to feel that, yes, we have made progress towards a better world.”

Photo by Tyler Gathro