Bach Collegium Japan Concert
On Saturday, March 26, 2011 the Yale Institute of Sacred Music presented a performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor by the Bach Collegium Japan, conducted by its founder and Yale faculty member Masaaki Suzuki. The concert had been on the calendar and in preparation for many months, but it was a last minute decision, in the wake of the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, to transform it into a primary fundraiser for the Yale Disaster Relief Fund for Japan. That the performance was deeply moving might be expected of such artists at such a time; that it became an inspirational moment which will be live vividly in our memories for months – and years – to come was a an unexpected gift of grace.
Partnering with different offices at Yale and a group of dedicated Japanese student volunteers, we filled Woolsey Hall with an enthusiastic audience, and have raised about $27,000 (as of Monday) for relief efforts. We are grateful for the opportunity to work together to make even small inroads into the suffering in Japan.
Mike Franzman has generously photographed and put together an album of our day's activities with BCJ.
Performance and Reception Photos
Our Work is Not Over
Please continue to keep Japan in your thoughts and prayers. One Reuters report cites an official damage estimate at $300 billion, and while we are proud of the money raised by the ISM and Yale for this important cause, our work is by no means over. Japan will be recovering for years and will need sustained support. Please consider giving in whatever way you can. The Yale relief website offers several ways to do this.
Bach Collegium Japan Concert page
~ Martin D. Jean, Director