Bach St. Matthew Passion


Friday, May 5, 2017 7:30PM
Boettcher Concert Hall

Bach <i>St. Matthew Passion</i>
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Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Hadleigh Adams, Jesus
Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director
Colorado Children's Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director

J.S. BACH St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, first performed on Good Friday 1727, is widely considered one of the crowning artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Bach’s masterful musical interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, puts chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew to music and spans 195 minutes. The Symphony’s production is unusual in that it is a full staging of the work with the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Featured tenor Nicholas Phan takes on the part of the Evangelist and baritone Hadleigh Adams performs the role of Jesus.
Don’t miss these performances: They are truly some of the most profound events of this season — or any other.

The complete duration of this performance is 195 minutes with one 25 minute intermission.

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Prelude Information
Don't forget to arrive early for the prelude at 6:30 pm (12:00 pm on Sundays) hosted by classical music author and historian, Betsy Schwarm. Preludes are insightful discussions that take place before each Masterworks performance and are included with your concert ticket. For more information about the different types of preludes, CLICK HERE.

Musician picks!
Why some of our very own think you should see this performance!

Susan Rockey Bowles - Cello
"I love St. Matthew Passion, having performed it many times at the Oregon Bach Festival. The Colorado Symphony has not performed this in my 36 year tenure."

Brook Ferguson - Principal Flute
"I am gushing over the fact that we get to play basically the greatest master work of all master works, the St. Matthew Passion. This is really the heart and soul of our season. Words are too inadequate to describe what an experience this will be for all of us. But expect to be transformed."

Peter Cooper - Principal Oboe
"This piece is one of the monuments of Western Civilization. Playing it is like visiting the Parthenon or the Coliseum. It is mind boggling to think that a human being sat down with some paper and came up with this. I’ve played it twice before but not in Denver. It is not to be missed."

Jason Lichtenwalter – English Horn and Oboe
"One of my favorite moments in this monumental work is the aria for soprano and flute with two English horns, "Aus liebe will mein heiland sterben." The stark simplicity of Bach's writing is almost hair-raising due to its haunting beauty."

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