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Bach's St John Passion

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM


Benjamin Butterfield, Evangelist
Timothy Vernon, Director
Victoria Baroque Players
St John's Chamber Singers
Nathan McDonald - Christ
Aliz Ballabas & Emma Hannan soprano
Kiiri Michelsen, mezzo & Mar Donnelly, countertenor
Isaiah Bell & Josh Lovell, tenor
Andrew Erasmus & Nicholas Allen, bass

The Victoria Baroque Players, in collaboration with St. John the Divine Anglican Church, are pleased to present Victoria’s first ever period-instrument performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, featuring renowned tenor Benjaming Butterfield as the Evangelist and Maestro Timothy Vernon conducting.

Tickets: $30 ($28 senior / $10 student and youth)
Available now from the following outlets:
St John's office (M-F 9am-12pm), Victoria Conservatory of Music,
Ivy's Bookshop, Munro's Books, and Long and McQuade (Victoria)
Info: 250.383.7169

Bach’s St. John Passion is an oratorio that derives its subject from chapters of the Gospel of St. John that recount the last days of Jesus’ life. First performed in 1724, it is a vivid and intense work whose theatricality is framed perfectly by Bach’s sublime musical prose. Smaller, shorter, more intimate and more dramatic than the better known of Bach’s passions - St. Matthew - “John” is a musical experience not to be missed. A rare opportunity to hear one of Bach’s sacred masterpieces performed on period instruments.

About the Victoria Baroque Players:

“At last is has arrived: Victoria’s very own professional, no compromises, full meal deal baroque ensemble” • James Young, Music in Victoria

A Victoria-based period instrument ensemble, the Victoria Baroque Players formed with the mission of bringing high-quality performances of Baroque music to Vancouver Island audiences, using the abundance of local skill and talent.  The musicians are all from Victoria and nearby areas and are well-established figures on the west coast music scene.  Its individual members regularly perform with the Pacific and Portland Baroque Orchestras, and the Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Victoria Symphonies.  The group's wind players – flutist Soile Stratkauskas, bassoonist Katrina Russell, and natural horn player Andrew Clark – have years of collective experience working with world-class period instrument ensembles in Europe, including the English Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
Since its formation in April 2011, the Victoria Baroque Players has become an established part of the Victoria's music scene and has gained an enthusiastic audience base.  The ensemble has played a series of concerts based around Bach's cantatas at the Church of St. John the Divine, performed in the Early Music Society of the Islands and Early Music Vancouver series’, the Victoria Conservatory of Music's Oratorio Programme concerts, and the Victoria Children's Choir's Classical Christmas Concert.  They are now in their second full season.

Cost: Adult: $30
Child: $10
Senior: $28
Student: $10
Category: Concerts | Music
    Choir | Vocal Ensemble
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Location: St. John the Divine Church - Victoria
1611 Quadra Street, Victoria
This event is for Adults, Teens, Seniors, Singles, Student / College
More Info: Soile Stratkauskas
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