Berkshire Choral International with the Asheville Symphony

June 10, 2017  •  7:30 pm

@ First Baptist Church of Asheville

Free and open to the public

Berkshire Choral International (BCI), a non-profit educational organization that provides amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences, will soon be bringing a chorus to Asheville for the first time in its history.

One hundred and forty singers from across the U.S. and the world will arrive in Asheville in early June and spend a week at UNC Asheville rehearsing for their concert on June 10.  Conductor Erin Freeman will lead the chorus.

The chorus will be performing Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor and Mozart opera choruses. The Mass in C minor, written in 1783, might have been inspired by Mozart’s meeting the year before with Baron Gottfried van Swieten, who was an aficionado of Baroque music. Mozart became interested and decided to incorporate fugues in the style of Bach and Handel into the mass. He apparently lost his zeal, though, and along with many other works of the time, he left it unfinished.

The BCI chorus will be accompanied by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the performance will be at First Baptist Church of Asheville. The free, open-seating concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.