Bach St. Matthew Passion
True Concord choir, orchestra, soloists & Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM
Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30 PM
Catalina Foothills High School
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:00 PM
Catalina United Methodist Church
Important – Magnificent – Shimmering – Devastating – Glorious
One of the most ambitious musical compositions of all time by the greatest musical genius of all time! J.S. Bach demonstrates his strength as a dramatic composer in this musical interpretation of Christ’s final sufferings.
Gathering the powerful forces of ten soloists, multiple choirs and two orchestras, Bach tells the story through text from the Book of Matthew, German poetry, and chorales.
The Passion begins with an immense wave of sound – an opening chorus by double choir with children’s chorus soaring over the top – building with intensity, and sweeping the listener into the drama. Each solo voice, choir and orchestra plays a role. Described as a “majestic cathedral of music,” this work is at once intimate and monumental.
A work so devastating in its power that people of all beliefs find meaning in it – Experience for yourself why this work has held its emotional impact from 1727 to today!
“Dramatically, incredibly intense from beginning to end.”
-Nicholas McGegan, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
“Unrivaled in its poetic and musical scope, its spiritual depth and its uncanny ability to stir the soul.”
-Chris Zimmerman, Bruderhof Voices
“Bach has the singers invite the listener’s heart to become involved, to join the story, to react to it and be changed by it.”
-David Gordon, education director, Carmel Bach Festival
“There is nothing like it in all music.”