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J. S Bach: St. John Passion

March 16, 17, 18

Fri, Mar 16, 8:00pm
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Blvd.
San Francisco
Sat, Mar 17, 7:30pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St
Palo Alto
Sun, Mar 18, 6:00pm
First United Methodist Church
625 Hamilton Ave

Bay Choral Guild under Artistic Director Sanford Dole presents the original 1724 version of Bach’s St. John Passion, a bold, imaginative and strongly poetic portrayal of the Crucifixion as described by the Apostle John.

The Guild is accompanied by the Jubilate Orchestra of period instruments, David Wilson, Concertmaster. Tenor Corey Head is the Evangelist, and Jesus is sung by baritone Jeffrey Fields.

The chorus performs dual roles. Inside the drama, they portray hostile, spiteful crowds. On the fringes, they comment as devout Christian observers via the chorales and the large-scale choral movements that open and close the story. Our soloists, Tonia d’Amelio, Heidi Waterman, Michael Desnoyers, and Nikolas Nackley, perform the arias and bring the Passion to life with their extraordinary voices, and the emotion expressed in the individual solos.

There will be a pre-concert lecture by Sanford Dole thirty minutes before the performance.

Read the program notes and complete libretto to learn more about this masterpiece.

Please join us for this very special Lenten season event!

About the Orchestra: The Jubilate Orchestra recently celebrated 20 years of service to the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally called the Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, the Jubilate Orchestra was formed in 1989 to provide period instrument ensembles to accompany Bay Area choirs and other arts organizations. In this capacity, Jubilate has performed over 200 times with dozens of professional and community choirs, churches, and opera companies in public concerts and church services, and for a variety of private engagements.

The Players
Violin 1: David Wilson, Linda Quan, Laura Rubenstein-Salzedo, Rachel Hurwitz
Violin 2: Carla Moore, David Sego, Colin Nicholls, Aaron Westman, Anna Washburn
Viola: Alisa Rata Stutzbach, Herbert Myers
Cello: David Morris, Farley Pearce
Violone/Viola da gamba: John Dornenburg
Flute: Lars Johannesson, Alissa Roedig
Oboe: Marc Schachman, Marianne Richert-Pfau
Bassoon: Daniel Deitch
Harpsichord: Jonathan Salzedo


Later in Bay Choral Guild’s 2017-2018 Season…

An English Garden

June 8, 9, 10

A survey of unaccompanied English choral music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Featured works include William Byrd’s Five Part Mass and Herbert Howells’ Requiem.

Fri, Jun 8, 8:00pm
Campbell United Methodist Church
1675 Winchester Blvd.
San Francisco
Sat, Jun 9, 8:00pm
St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
500 DeHaro Street
Palo Alto
Sun, Jun 10, 4:30pm
All Saints Episcopal Church
555 Waverley St

For more information, have a look at our 8½ x 14″ season brochure PDF (1.9MB)