Sunday, April 5, 2009 4 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion
Join us for this Palm Sunday tradition as the Cathedral Choirs and Baroque Orchestra, directed by Michael McCarthy, offer a period performance of the St. John Passion by J. S. Bach, with soloists Elizabeth Weigle, soprano; Roger Isaacs, countertenor; Matthew Smith, tenor; Bobb Robinson, bass; Ole Hass, Evangelist; James Shaffran, Christus.
St. John Passion is designed as a drama. It runs approximately one hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, allowing the intensity of the story to play out through the orchestra, soloists, and choir.
Music Director Michael McCarthy explains that, Audience members can really spend time reflecting on the story of the Passion in the context of Holy Week. Intentionally part of the Lenten journey, we perform this concert firstly as a devotional work. The music speaks for itself, but whether you are a believer or not, the audience experiences what a true dramatic masterpiece this is.
The concert is performed in German, a special challenge for the young members of the Cathedral choirs. They not only learn the pronunciation, but the literal meaning of the German words and the phrasing of the text, which allow the integrity of the score to be preserved. A complete translation is provided in the program for the audience.