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’s “Saint Matthew Passion” on Sunday, March 25, at Immanuel Congregational Church.

“The “Saint Matthew Passion” was a natural choice for our annual Bach concert,” said Chris Shepard, artistic director of CONCORA. “All of Bach’s music is magnificent, but the ‘Saint Matthew Passion’ is generally regarded as the pinnacle of Bach’s entire output.”

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 “Saint Matthew Passion” is not performed as often as other Baroque compositions. CONCORA last performed it in 2001.

According to CONCORA, the “Saint Matthew Passion” is a “play within a play” in which Bach frames the entire piece with “monumental choral movements that set the scene.”

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

During Bach’s lifetime, he conducted “Saint Matthew Passion” in Holy Week services several times. CONCORA’s 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.