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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (April 17, 2013) — Tidewater Community College and the Virginia Arts Festival present Johann Sebastian Bach’s B-Minor Mass, performed by ensembles from Juilliard School and Yale University, in the Roper Performing Arts Center on April 28 at 8 p.m.

Juilliard415, the school’s acclaimed ensemble devoted to early music, will perform Bach’s sacred masterpiece with the Yale Schola Cantorum and the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Masaaki Suzuki, founder of the Bach Collegium in Japan, will conduct.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting one of the signature events of the 2013 Virginia Arts Festival,” said Paul Lasakow, executive director of the Roper. “Not only is Bach’s B-Minor Mass one of the most celebrated works of the baroque repertoire, but having it performed by these stellar musicians who represent the very best musical education brings particular value to TCC students.”

TCC alumni will receive a 50 percent discount on tickets, which can be purchased in person at 440 Bank St., in Norfolk on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by calling 757-282-2822. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Additional discounts are also available, including those for students under 25.

In conjunction with the performance, TCC faculty and staff from the Visual Arts Center completed interpretive paintings, actually having listened to the Bach music while painting. The 16 paintings will be on display in the lobby of the Roper during the event. In addition, student John Earle will paint in the lobby during the actual performance.

“I’m also very excited about the cross-disciplinary opportunities being explored by the Visual Arts Center and look forward to seeing what these very talented student artists produce,” Lasakow said.

On April 29, Robert Shoup, chorusmaster and staff conductor for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will conduct a master class for TCC choral students.

For information, call the Roper at 757-822-1450.