Emmanuel Music presents Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245
March 21, 2015 │Emmanuel Church, Boston │8 p.m.
Pre-concert conversation with Ryan Turner, The Rev. Pamela L. Werntz, and Cantor Lynn Torgrove at 7 p.m. in Parish Hall
BOSTON │The chorus, orchestra and acclaimed soloists of Emmanuel Music with Artistic Director Ryan Turner celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach’s 330th birthday with a passion—St. John Passion, BWV 245. Created in 1724, the work depicts the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John.
Mr. Turner will conduct St. John Passion for the first time since joining Emmanuel Music in 2010 and explains why Emmanuel Music is well-equipped to present Bach’s complex and evocative work: “Bach is our core companion, and through our weekly Bach cantata series, we have cultivated a close-knit and artistically excellent ensemble of vocal and instrumental players that are dedicated to bringing all of Bach’s work to light.”
Craig Smith founded Emmanuel Music in 1970 with the goal of performing the complete cycle of sacred cantatas by Bach in their intended liturgical setting. In the past 45 years, the ensemble has performed the complete cycle twice, and the tradition continues today.
Repertoire is one reason the ensemble is ready to tackle St. John Passion, and perhaps location is another. Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Boston’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church where the ensemble shares its home with the Central Reform Temple of Boston. Mr. Turner, Central Reform Temple’s Rabbi Howard Berman and Emmanuel Church’s Rector, Pamela Werntz understand the importance of presenting this controversial work with eyes wide open to deadly consequences of ethnic slander. Werntz writes,
“We must not allow the St. John Passion to be read or sung without acknowledging and atoning for the ways it has been used by Christians as a prooftext for violence against Jews and others who are not Christian. Violence in the name of God is the greatest betrayal of Jesus ever perpetrated.”
Tickets are on sale now at emmanuelmusic.org or by calling 617.536.3356. The neighboring 4-star TAJ BOSTON will be serving a three-course dinner at $40 per person for Emmanuel concert ticket holders only. The price excludes tax and gratuity. For more information, call 617.598.5255.
Evangelist: Matthew Anderson
Jesus: Dana Whiteside
About Emmanuel Music
Emmanuel Music, a collective group of singers and instrumentalists, was founded in 1970 by Craig Smith to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended, an endeavor twice completed and a tradition which continues under the leadership of Ryan Turner, Artistic Director. Over the years, Emmanuel Music has garnered critical and popular acclaim through its presentations of large-scale and operatic works by Bach, Handel, Schubert, and Mozart, its in-depth exploration of the complete vocal, piano, and chamber works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, and others, and its presentation of contemporary music, especially the work of composer John Harbison. The organization shares its artistic and educational resources with the community through its Community Connections program, The Bach Institute, and the Lindsey Chapel Series.
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Emmanuel Music is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Emmanuel Church.
Emmanuel Music programs are supported in part by a grant from
the Massachusetts Cultural Council.