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Event Date: Saturday July 26, 2014

 

Berkshire Choral Festival to perform Bach's St. John Passion, July 26th, Sheffield, MA

 

Fifty minutes shorter than Bachís St. Matthew Passion but every bit as moving, the St. John Passion was written in ten weeks and first performed on Good Friday, 1724 in Liepzig, with the composer conducting. Sung in German, the work contains many of the composerís famous trademarks, including magnificent choral numbers and soaring arias. 

 

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Sheffield, Massachusetts, July 14, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The St. John Passion, Bachís monumental drama of betrayal, suffering and faith, will be presented by the Berkshire Choral Festival on July 26th.  Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will lead acclaimed soloists, the 200-voice chorus and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
 
The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L. Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA (
245 N Undermountain Rd.). It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by Hall.
 
Fifty minutes shorter than Bachís St. Matthew Passion but every bit as moving, the St. John Passion was written in ten weeks and first performed on Good Friday, 1724 in Liepzig, with the composer conducting. Sung in German, the work contains many of the composerís famous trademarks, including magnificent choral numbers and soaring arias. 
 
Hallís pre-concert talk, ďWhat to Do When the Words Hurt:  The Gospels, The Music of Bach, and The Legacy of Religious IntoleranceĒ addresses the controversy that surrounds the piece.  No one doubts that Bachís St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion are revered musical icons.  But have these masterpieces played a part in the long history of religious intolerance?  Does Bachís music, advertently or inadvertently promote Anti-Semitism? Hall has written and spoken extensively on this controversial topic.  He will pose difficult questions, and offer  surprising answers.
 
Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at www.choralfest.org or at the door.  The Festival concludes its season on August 2 with Elgarís Dream of Gerontius.
 

 

About the Berkshire Choral Festival:

Based in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Choral Festival (BCF) was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational institution with a unique purpose: to provide amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences. During weeklong singing vacations at culturally rich US and international locations, knowledgeable amateurs study, rehearse, and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors, with professional symphony orchestras. In-depth workshops and courses with our professional staff round out the educational experience.

 

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Berkshire Choral Festival opens season on Saturday July 19th with Brahms's Requiem, Sheffield, MA

 

 
 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Lusha Martin

Email: LMartin@choralfest.org

Phone: 413.229.1310

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Berkshire Choral Festival

245 N Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Massachusetts, 01257

Web: www.choralfest.org

 

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Berkshire Choral Festival to perform Bach's St. John Passion, July 26th, Sheffield, MA

The St. John Passion, Bachís monumental drama of betrayal, suffering and faith, will be presented by the Berkshire Choral Festival on July 26th.  Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, will lead acclaimed soloists, the 200-voice chorus and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L. Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA (245 N Undermountain Rd.). It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by Hall. Fifty minutes shorter than Bachís St. Matthew Passion but every bit as moving, the St. John Passion was written in ten weeks and first performed on Good Friday, 1724 in Liepzig, with the composer conducting. Sung in German, the work contains many of the composerís famous trademarks, including magnificent choral numbers and soaring arias. Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at www.choralfest.org or at the door.  The Festival concludes its season on August 2 with Elgarís Dream of Gerontius.   


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