The Bach Festival of Canada announces its Gala Performance of the
St Matthew Passion
JS Bach’s great Choral and Orchestral Composition
Conducted by Artistic Director GERALD FAGAN
Bach’s monumental work with a double choir of over 100 voices, full orchestra and 6 soloists, performed in the pastoral setting of South Huron. This gala performance will close the week of Concerts & Events of the third Bach Festival. Truly music in the heart of the community!
Bach’s St Matthew Passion still deeply moves audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, Germany. Written in the late 1720’s, it is considered one of the great works of Western sacred music, as it is both monumental and intimate. Rarely performed because of the demanding double choir, it is therefore an honour to present to our Bach Festival community and a rare treat to hear!
Calling it “the most profound musical statement of the crucifixion known to western civilization”, conductor Gerald Fagan believes this is the first performance of the St Matthew Passion in Huron County! A performance not to missed and likely not repeated for many years to come.
THE BACH FESTIVAL CHOIR
THE BACH FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA
LESLIE FAGAN (Soprano), LAURA PUDWELL (Alto), DANIEL LICHTI (Bass), JOHN AVEY (Christus), COLIN AINSWORTH (Evangelist), JAMES MCLENNAN (Tenor)
Saturday July 18 2015
Venue: South Huron Recreation Centre
Tickets: $30 for Adult & $25 for Student
Due to the kind support of our Festival sponsors, ticket prices are extremely low for this once in a lifetime event.