Founded in 1807, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College is proud to be America’s oldest town-gown choral society. The ensemble performs an exhilarating range of choral and choral-orchestral music, from long-treasured masterworks to stunning contemporary pieces and new commissions. Whether we are performing at Dartmouth or on tour, our goal is to provide transformative musical experiences for performers and audiences alike.
Composed near the end of Bach’s life, the Mass in B Minor was the crowning achievement of his extraordinary musical career—spanning a wide diversity of both style and emotional state, from hope to sadness to euphoria. Unperformed until a century after Bach’s death, it has become a timeless and durable masterwork of sacred music. As Schumann noted, “We are never at an end with Bach; he seems to grow more profound the more often he is heard.”