The Department of Music of Southwest Baptist University will present its annual Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

Conducted by James R. Tarrant, director of choral studies and professor of music at SBU, the Masterworks Chorus and Winds will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat”(BWV 243) and “Wachet auf”(BWV 140).

“These are two of Bach’s most-performed works in the world today,” Tarrant said in an SBU news release. “They are significant in terms of their value to art and sacred music and are quintessentially Bach.” 

Performing with the massed choir and orchestra will be soloists Traci Pritchard, Ann Marie Daehn, Paula K. Patterson, Stephen Bomgarden and Chris Thompson. 

“To hear this ensemble of the area’s finest soloists will be a real delight for the audience,” Tarrant added.  

For more than 50 years, Masterworks has brought to the stage major musical works for chorus and orchestra, the release said.  

“It annually provides southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of department, university and community,” the release said. “The repertoire has included the great classics, the unfamiliar pearls and modern compositions of significance.”

The performance is free and open to the public.

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