NDSU Challey School of Music Performs Bach’s “St. John Passion”

This Sunday, the NDSU Challey School of Music presents Bach’s dramatic and lyrically beautiful tale of “St John Passion,” a recount of the passion of Christ as told by John, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

“St. John Passion” brings together the NDSU Concert Choir, voice faculty members Robert Jones, Mariane Lemieux-Wottrich and Virgina Sublett, and NDSU alumna Clara Osowski for a high intensity performance with powerful choruses, colorful orchestral writing and stunning arias.

Bach first performed “St. John Passion” on Good Friday in 1724, and was one of the few works he revised intermittently until his death. The gospel narrative is from St. John, but Bach inserted two dramatic episodes from the gospel of St. Matthew — the crowing of the rooster after Peter denies knowing Jesus and the earthquake that follows the crucifixion.

Dr. Jo Ann Miller, the NDSU Director of Choral Activities and conductor of the performance, said the performance offers an opportunity for musicians to grow.

“The complexity of the work and its challenges engage the musicians and demand commitment from them. The desire to communicate the depth and meaning of the passion story means the singers and instrumentalists must focus and present their very best effort at all times,” Dr. Miller said. “It’s an exciting work and we are thrilled to present a masterpiece that has been in the standard repertoire of choirs and orchestras for almost 300 years.”

Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, $7 for students. NDSU students are free with I.D. To purchase tickets, call the NDSU Performing Arts Box Office at 701-231-7969 or visit www.ndsu.edu/performingarts. First Lutheran Church is located at 619 Broadway North in Fargo.

Photo courtesy of NDSU Performing Arts.

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