Oriana Singers update – Bach St. John Passion (May 8, 2011)

The Oriana Singers‘ performance of the St John Passion has been changed to 4 pm on May 8, 2011. The performance will be conducted by Vermont ACDA member William Metcalfe, and features an orchestra of period instruments led by Scott Metcalfe. Soloists include Mark Sprinkle (evangelist), Jane Snyder, Linda Radtke, Gary Moreau, Vincent Pelletier (Jesus) and Steven Falbel (Pilate). The St. John Passion (BWV 245) is a dramatic representation of the Passion of Christ, as told in the Gospel according to St. John. Bach composed it for the Good Friday vespers service of 1724 when he was responsible for church music in Leipzig at St. Thomas Church and the St. Nicholas Church.

Admission $25; student / seniors $20.
Tickets in advance through FlynnTix.

This concert is part of the Cathedral Arts Spring Series at The Cathedral Church of St Paul, 2 Cherry Street, Burlington, Vermont. The complete series may be viewed at http://www.CathedralArts.org

To supplement the performance on May 8th, the Cathedral is offering a two-part listening study group exploring Bach’s magnificent St. John Passion. It was a tradition in Bach’s day for the Passion according to St. John – the gospel story of Christ’s trial and death — to be part of the Good Friday liturgy. At St. Paul’s we continue that tradition, reading or chanting the Passion from John’s gospel on Good Friday evening. On two Sunday afternoons, March 27 & April 10, from 4 to 5:30, we will explore this amazing piece of music, with the help of several area musicians and our deacon, Stan Baker. The program includes listening, explanation, discussion, and hopefully some singing. There is no charge and all are welcome. For additional information, contact Paul Van de Graaf at 233-2765.

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