The FSU Chamber Orchestra will perform ‘St. John Passion’

The Florida State University College of Music University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents “St. John Passion,” a first work by Johann Sebastian Bach based on the passion story from the Gospel of Saint John, at 7:30 p.m. on April 9 at the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

This performance is part of the University Musical Associates Concert Series, a selection of 12-15 paid performances that take place over the course of an academic year featuring choirs, orchestras, bands and jazz ensembles.

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“Bach’s setting continues to move audiences with its beautiful melodies and the interplay of solo arias with group chorales and orchestral offerings,” said Greg Jones, Associate Dean of the College of Music. “Eric Rieger and Evan Jones of FSU’s voice faculty lead a moving retelling of the story of Christ as Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday approach in the religious calendar.”

The University Chamber Choir works in collaboration with the University Chamber Orchestra during the rehearsals of

“St. John Passion” was first performed on Good Friday in 1724 at St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Germany.

“This is a monumental setting in the history of Christian passion,” said Michael Hanawalt, associate professor of choral conducting and music education at FSU and conductor of the event. vices of humanity.

This contrasts with Bach’s depiction of humans, who are sometimes portrayed as angry and vengeful, Hanawalt said. Bach’s ‘turba’ choruses depict a crowd clamoring with hatred for the crucifixion of Christ.

“The result is a very dramatic and varied work that tells the story of passion in a diverse and compelling way,” Hanawalt said.

The singers of the University Chamber Choir rehearse a chorus of

WBU has been the sponsoring group for FSU College of Music’s performance programs for more than 30 years, supporting on-campus concerts and student and faculty performances as well as lectures, competitions, and other events. prestigious outside of Tallahassee. WBU also helps bring in guest artists who are world-class performers and scholars.

“For all, this thoughtful and moving music offers a chance to experience, live in the exquisite Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, the power and beauty that makes Bach so relevant, even centuries past his time,” Jones said.

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What: Florida State University College of Music University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir presents “St. John Passion”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 9

Or: Ruby Diamond Concert Hall, FSU Campus

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