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Gripping drama and magnificent music: a performance of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion is not to be missed. On Saturday, May 11, Syd Birrell leads the Peterborough Singers in this monumental work — sung in English to make the story accessible to all. So, mark your calendars and get your tickets. Meanwhile, here are a few keys to what you will hear:

The Story: A musical dramatization of the last days in the life of Jesus according to the gospel of Matthew. Soloists and choir become the characters — Matthew, Jesus, Peter, Judas, the agitated crowds and so on — bringing the drama to life.

The Significance: While there was a history of Passion music preceding Bach’s, (“passion” from the Latin verb patior, meaning to suffer or endure), his work was ground breaking — an extraordinary blend of the spiritual with the theatrical. This innovative work continues to move listeners almost three centuries after it was first performed in St Thomas’s Church in Leipzig, Germany on Good Friday, April 11, 1727.

The Soloists: Janelle Lucyk, soprano; Ian Sabourin, counter tenor; Michael Colvin, tenor; Alex Dobson, bass, accompanied by Ian Sadler, organ; Christopher Bagan, continuo organ; Felix Deák, cello; Jimin Dobson, violin; Emily Richardson, flute; and Chris Vishy, oboe. With special guests the Bach Children’s Chorus under the direction of Charissa Bagan.






Tickets: $40 general admission; $10 students. Available through the Peterborough Singers’ website and the following:

Pammett’s Flower Shop
Ashburnham Foot & Ankle Centre
Happenstance Books & Yarns (Lakefield)

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