St. Mark Passion
Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 PM
Emmanuel Church, Boston
Emmanuel Music premieres the rarely heard Bach St. Mark Passion. This is an opportunity to enrich your understanding of Bach's Passions.______________________________________________________________
Bach is known to have written five passion settings: 1) St. John - 1722, 2) St. Matthew - 1726, 3) St. Luke (lost), 4) a possible single choir setting of St. Matthew, and 5) St. Mark 1731. The St. Mark may be considered by and large as lost. While we have the libretto by Picander, we have no music for the recitatives, some arias and the turba choruses. Bach's working and domestic conditions would have prevented him from composing a totally new passion setting for Good Friday of 1731. The works origins reside mainly in the Trauerode, BWV 198 - a funeral cantata from 1727.
Armed with Picander's libretto, the Trauerode, three other reconstructions and the sage guidance of the pre-eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff, we have created our own reconstruction.Fully aware that no reconstruction of a lost Bach work can ever equal what the composer himself actually wrote, our intention is to help make Bach’s third setting of the Passion story a living experience as a stylistically unified work, while at the same time revealing some of Bach’s greatest music which is otherwise rarely performed.
A pre-concert talk with renowned Bach scholar Christoph Wolff will take place at 6:45 p.m.
Evangelist Jason McStoots Jesus Mark McSweeney Peter Frank Kelley Judas Deborah Rentz-Moore High Priest Paul Guttry Maid Rebecca Whittington Pilate Charles Blandy Soldier Dana Whiteside Centurion Margaret Lias Another Eric Christopher Perry
The Orchestra and Chorus of Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner conducting
Tickets General $30, 2nd Tier $50; 1st Tier $70, Patron $150, Student $10
All concert seating is general admission by section
Online ticket sales are no longer available for this concert. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door when the box office opens at 6:20 PM.
We're participating in Boston Bach Birthday 331! Events 8am to 6pm at the First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston. Free admission. See schedule at:
Special Pre-Concert Dinner Package
On every concert date at Emmanuel Church, the neighboring 4-Star Taj Boston Café will be serving a 3-course dinner for $40 per person plus tax and gratuity for Emmanuel concert ticket holders only. To view a sample menu click here.
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