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Bach’s St. John Passion with the American Baroque Orchestra and St. Paul's Choir (Fairfield, Connecticut)
The American Baroque Orchestra, Mark Bailey, conductor, with The St. Paul's Choir, will present J.S. Bach's Passion According to St. John on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 7:00 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 661 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT. General admission: $25 (Patron seating: $35) through: http://stjohnpassion.eventbrite.com/ Advance purchase advised. More information available at www.americanbaroqueorchestra.com.
J. S. Bach’s monumental St. John Passion will be performed at St. Paul’s Church on the Fairfield Town Hall Green on Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 PM, the night before Palm Sunday. The church’s renowned St. Paul’s Choir and the American Baroque Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Bailey, will collaborate in a performance by period instruments and sung in the original German.
Led by Artistic Director Mark Bailey, the American Baroque Orchestra is an ensemble of leading period musicians drawn from throughout the northeastern United States and Europe. The orchestra has collaborated several times with the famed Dutch baroque violinist Jaap Schröder, and with the St. Paul’s Choir. It was last heard in Fairfield a year ago, in a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at St. Paul’s.
The St. Paul’s Choir is an outstanding semi professional ensemble of treble boys and girls and adult altos, tenors, and basses, under the direction of John Abdenour. The choir has sung at many of the principal churches in New York City and has toured Great Britain four times, most recently in 2011. The clear, blended treble voices of the St. Paul’s choir meld perfectly with the sounds of early instruments, and are reminiscent of the boy sopranos in Bach’s own choir, for whom he composed the St. John Passion.
First performed on Good Friday, 1724, the St. John Passion is a sacred oratorio that tells the story, through choruses, solo arias, and hymns, of Jesus’ suffering and death in Jerusalem. From the opening chorus, the music is vivid, dramatic, and angular. Using the operatic form of recitative, a narrator tells the story, soloists intervene with reflective arias, and the chorus plays a role in the drama as well.