Bach: St. John Passion

Featuring the Worcester Chorus


Darlene Ann Dobisch

Ryland Angel

Matthew Anderson and Charles Blandy

Stephan Barnicle, Thomas Jones
and Steven Small

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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm - Mechanics Hall




Worcester Chorus Back with Bach - a feature article by Richard Duckett, Worcester Telegram & Gazette - March 12, 2015

Worcester Chorus performance of St. John Passion is superb - a music review by Joyce Tamer, Worcester Telegram & Gazette - March 14, 2015

Please join us at 7 PM in Washburn Hall for a free pre-concert lecture by Steven Ledbetter.
Steven Ledbetter is a scholar, writer, lecturer and conductor who served as Musicologist and Program Annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1979 - 1998. He now writes program notes for orchestras and other ensembles from Boston to California and for numerous concert venues, including Carnegie Hall. In 1991 his BSO program notes received an ASCAP/Deems Taylor award "for distinguished print and media coverage of music."

A dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John, constructed of dramatically presented recitatives and choruses, with commentary in reflective chorales, ariosos, and arias all leading to a magnificent final chorale. Compared with the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less “finished.”


"The chorus gave beautiful voice to both the intense and the quiet segments... They skillfully navigated... the score with buoyant, rhythmic accuracy and clarity within the dense polyphony."
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Other links of interest

Websites for soprano Darlene Ann Dobisch, counter-tenor Ryland Angel, tenors Matthew Anderson and Charles Blandy, bass-baritones Stephan Barnicle and Thomas Jones.

About the Chorus

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About the Music

Bach's St. John Passion

Program Notes

Maestro Shepard's thoughts

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