Bach's 'Saint Matthew Passion' coming to Hartford Sunday

Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:15
Written by Angie DeRosa


HARTFORD - Connecticut Choral Artists, also known as CONCORA, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach‚Äôs ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ on Sunday, March 25, at Immanuel Congregational Church.

‚ÄúThe ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ was a natural choice for our annual Bach concert,‚ÄĚ said Chris Shepard, artistic director of CONCORA. ‚ÄúAll of Bach‚Äôs music is magnificent, but the ‚ÄėSaint Matthew Passion‚Äô is generally regarded as the pinnacle of Bach‚Äôs entire output.‚ÄĚ

CONCORA is known for its performances of Bach’s choral music and music inspired by Bach. In 1996, it offered their first all-Bach program, beginning a concert series that continues to this day.

Due to its length and complexity, the ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ is not performed as often as other Baroque compositions. CONCORA last performed it in 2001.

According to CONCORA, the ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ is a ‚Äúplay within a play‚ÄĚ in which Bach frames the entire piece with ‚Äúmonumental choral movements that set the scene.‚ÄĚ

Calling on talents from three choirs, vocal soloists and members of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ grapples with issues of personal faith and redemption.

During Bach‚Äôs lifetime, he conducted ‚ÄúSaint Matthew Passion‚ÄĚ in Holy Week services several times. CONCORA‚Äôs presentation will fall on Palm Sunday, which is the first day of the Christian Holy Week.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:15. Updated: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 18:17.