One of composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s (1685-1750) most unusual creations, the 1724 oratorio St. John Passion recounts the last days in the life of Jesus, based on the Luther Bible, Martin Luther’s own German translation from Hebrew and Ancient Greek, and other sources, through the voices of The Evangelist, Jesus, and Pontius Pilate. The MusicaNova Singers, comprising the finest professional singers in the Valley of the Sun, perform Bach’s glorious arias and choruses, accompanied by the MusicaNova Orchestra playing the original orchestration on period instruments.
The oratorio will be sung in English using the 1999 New Novello Choral Edition, a version for modern audiences that retains the original phrasing, rhyming, and meaning of Bach’s original German text.
Click to see the program listing, including recitatives, arias, choruses, and chorales, and all vocal soloists.
Click to see the complete program notes by conductor Warren Cohen.
A pre-concert discussion at 2 PM, led by Dr. Bruce Johnson, pastor of Scottsdale Presbyterian, Dr. Marc Krell, Manager of Community Programs and Partnerships for Hirsch Academy in Scottsdale, and Warren Cohen, MusicaNova’s Music Director, explores backgrounds of both the text and music.