Spring Choral Concert presents:
ST. JOHN PASSION BY JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Sunday, April 23, 2023
7 PM | Sanctuary | Offering
Child care by advance reservation: 619-297-4366
Chancel Choir and Masterwork Chorale.
Jon Lee Keenan, Evangelist
Sean Smith, Jesus
Members & Friends of the San Diego Symphony.
Jaebon Hwang, Organ Continuo.
Brian Lustig, Conductor
The Passion According to St. John by J.S. Bach was composed in 1724 and performed during Holy Week at the St. Nicolas Church in Leipzig for the Good Friday Vesper Service. It is written in the style of an oratorio, with the Evangelist telling the Passion story according to St. John’s Gospel, the soloists reﬂecting on those passages from Scripture, and the choir acting as a “Greek chorus,” participating in the drama of the narrative as well as providing the opening and closing choruses. In addition to the normal oratorio format, Bach intersperses Lutheran hymns, called chorales.
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Betsy Mueller, chair, Janine Burch, Demmie Divine,
Katie Englund, Nick Hubsmith, Jaebon Hwang, Betty Livingston,
Ron Livingston, Brian Lustig, Suzanne Stofer, Nathan Stowe,
Ralph Thomas, Spencer Velky, Steve Zawadzki.
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Betsy Mueller Chair, Cultural Events Committee
First United Methodist Church of San Diego