Dr. Robert E. Lamb will conduct the 150-plus voices of the Brevard Community Chorus and the Eastern Florida State Concert Choir, when they present the baroque masterpiece, Mass in B minor (BWV 232), by Johann Sebastian Bach. Widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history, the work was one of Bach's last, not completed until 1749, the year before his death. Much of the Mass gave new form to vocal music that Bach had composed throughout his career. While the monumental work was never performed in its entirety during the composer's lifetime, the Mass is frequently performed today and considered a synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution Bach made to music. The concert will feature an expanded chorus and professional soloists, accompanied by select players from the Brevard Symphony Orchestra.
The Brevard Community Chorus is an all-volunteer organization that meets weekly for the purpose of rehearsing and performing the larger works of the choral repertoire. The group is at home in the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, where the chorus has performed such masterworks as Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Orff ’s Carmina Burana.
Dr. Lamb is Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, and a member of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Eastern Florida State College. The North Carolina native attended Wake Forest University and later the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting. Lamb earned the Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He was the 2006 recipient of the Julius Herford Prize, awarded by the American Choral Directors Association, for his doctoral work concerning French Baroque composer, Michel-Richard de Lalande.