The St. Matthew Passion (German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of Baroque music.
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles: 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach 1685 - 1750
St. Matthew Passion; BWV 244
"The Mount Everest of classical music." - Martin Haselböck
The St. Matthew Passion (German: Matthäus-Passion), BWV 244, is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of Baroque music. Written in 1727 by Bach for performances in his Leipzig St. Thomas Church, it is uniquely scored for two groups of vocalists and double orchestra. It sets parts of the Gospel of Matthew to music, told by the Evangelist (Tenor) in dialogue with Jesus (Baritone) and with interspersed chorales and arias.
Year by year, the St. Matthew Passion is performed in major cathedrals and concert halls all over the world, in the world-famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam for instance, the passion is performed at least ten times in the two lenten weeks before Easter to sold-out audiences. However, it is a rare treat for it to be performed in the United States.
Martin Haselböck's Vienna orchestra, Wiener Akademie, will be joining the talented musicians of Musica Angelica to form the double orchestra required for this remarkable piece. With a cast of wonderful American and European vocal soloists, Musica Angelica will perform this perennial masterwork in the beautiful First Congregational Church of Los Angeles to create the atmosphere and spirit for a musical experience not to forget.
This special performance of St. Matthew Passion celebrates the Colburn Foundation’s 20th Anniversary and the memory of the distinguished Los Angeles philanthropist, Richard Colburn. www.colburnfoundation.org
St. Matthew Passion (non-subscription concert)
540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90020
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3 PM
(Duration 3 hours with intermission)
Choral presentation will be in German.
Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and Consort
Martin Haselböck, Director
Teresa Wakim, Soprano
Theodora Raftis, Soprano
Regginald Mobley, Alto
Alois Mühlbacher, Alto
Zachary Wilder, Tenor (Evangelist)
Pablo Cora, Tenor
John Taylor Ward, Bass (Jesus)
Christoph Filler, Bass
*The special event is not included in the season subscription.
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