The Vancouver Bach Choir closes outs its 85th anniversary season with J. S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Here are five reasons we think you should not miss it:
1. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the oratorio in 1727 for a Good Friday mass at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church, where the composer was employed as an organist. The piece illustrates chapters 26 & 27 from the Gospel of St. Matthew, articulating the disciple’s account of Christ’s betrayal, trial, and execution.
2. The piece interweaves music, singing, drama, and text into 68 movements that range in length from twenty seconds, to seven minutes.
3. The musical innovations Bach introduces are without precedent, giving voice to some of our most fundamental human experiences: loss, grief, hope and joy.
4. While St. Matthew Passion is a wonderful primer for the upcoming Easter season, the epic scope of the piece will appeal to all music lovers, believers and non-believers alike.
5. The Vancouver Bach Choir will be joined by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and a large contingent of soloists, giving life to Bach’s composition written for a double choir, double orchestra, and retinue of soloists.
The Vancouver Bach Choir presents St. Matthew Passion on March 19 at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St, Vancouver) on Saturday, March 19. Visit http://vancouverbachchoir.com for tickets and information.