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Lute Recital:
Extraordinary Tunings
featuring Daniel Swenberg

Virtually unknown repertoire from 1620-50

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 4 pm

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A Valentine's Day Concert: 
Leycester Lyra Viol Lessons
featuring Lisa Terry

Lisa Terry plays the bass viol “lyra-way,” with melodies and chordal accompaniment just like a lute with a bow, in these 17th century lessons collected by English gentleman Peter Leycester.

Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 4 pm

$10 - Suggested donation
$25 - Supporter
$50 - Patron


Johann Sebastian Bach: St. John Passion
Dryden's Delayed 25th Anniversary Celebration

Free Pre-Concert Events

Sunday, March 7 at 3 pm

 "Troubling Voices in Bach's Sublime

 St. John Passion"

A panel discussion about the controversial nature of this monumental work 

with Bach scholar Michael Marissen, 

Ellen T. Charry, Professor Emerita at the Princeton Theological Seminary, and Scott Metcalfe, Baroque musician extraordinaire

and acclaimed early music director.


Sunday, March 14 at 3 pm
(The first day of Daylight Saving Time!)
"The musical aims of Bach's
St. John Passion"
A lecture about the work itself
 by internationally known Bach scholar,
Michael Marissen

The links to these events will be posted soon.

III
Bach's 336th Birthday
St. John Passion

The Mardi Considine Spring Concert


A streaming of the recording of the live concert 
performed on Friday, March 13, 2020
as the world was shutting down.

An intimate production of this masterpiece
using a choir of eight singers, as Bach did, with
 a small orchestra of 18th-century instruments.
The ensemble is led by Scott Metcalfe, the acclaimed director of Blue Heron.

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 3 pm

Featuring
 Jason McStoots, tenor, as Evangelist
William Sharp, baritone, as Jesus
Laura Heimes & Margot Rood, sopranos
Kristen Dubenion Smith & Kim Leeds, altos
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Brian Ming Chu, baritone (Pilate)


$10 - Student/Pandemic price
$25 - Suggested donation
$50 - Patron

A Note on Our Production of the St. John Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is a choral work—but the choir Bach had in mind was not what most people think of nowadays. Bach performed the Passion with a choir of just eight singers, two singers per part, and those eight singers sang all the solo parts as well, including that of the narrator, the Evangelist. This is exactly how we will score our performance of the Passion. When we use a choir like Bach’s, together with a small orchestra of 18th-century instruments like those he wrote for, the effect is wonderfully direct and personal. Instead of a mass of sound one hears individual lines emerge from the texture with greater clarity, and the soloists, rather than sitting aloof from the action during the chorales and choruses, are full participants in the heart-rending and cathartic events.