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The Passion According to St Matthew (J.S. Bach), Part II

 Video: the Aria, 'Erbarme Dich' (From 2018)

 Video: The full performance from 2018

The first performance of the St. Matthew Passion was given at the Leipzig Thomaskirche, on Good Friday of 1727. But Bach substantially revised his greatest, most complex liturgical work in 1736, and the Toccata Presentations are based on that version. The St Matthew Passion, in this form, was his last major composition for the Leipzig congregations.

The St. Matthew Passion was written for two separate Choirs, accompanied by two small Orchestras. In most Arias, only one Orchestra provides accompaniment. The Choirs are sometime separated, but more often sing in unison or antiphony - moving the story forwards, and also providing commentary on the events. At different times, the Choruses appear as an unruly mob, or quiet witnesses, or actual participants in the story.

Vocal Soloists for this presentation will include Robert Bousquet as the Evangelist; Stuart Duke and Gary Aldrich (on alternating performances), as Jesus; Michael Lloyd as Peter; Richard Haines as Judas; Brad Perry and Erik Linnell (on alternating performances) as Pilate ; and also with Chris Nelson and John Rabben (on alternate performances) appearing as the Priest. Joy Strotz will appear as Mother Mary. Becky Earl and Anne Davidson will appear (on alternate performances) in the role of Mary Magdeline.

The Two TOCCATA Orchestras will feature Jeffrey Lindhorst and Brian Fox as Concertmasters for Orchestra One;  Rick Stockton as Concertmaster for Orchestra Two; with David BrockNick HainesJohn Cardoza, and  Lou Groffman as the Continuo players.

All concert performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.   Click on any location to see a map:

General admission is $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. Young persons, under age 23, enjoy FREE admission. "Front and Center" preferred seating prices are $40 for adults and $15 for youth/students. Please Click here for Advance Tickets.

Upcoming in June: Classy Classics,
with Wagner and Beethoven

Alex Eisenberg, Violin Soloist Alex Eisenberg, Violin Soloist.
(Click for his Full Biography)

This Concert Series includes three Beethoven Compositions,
honoring the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

  • Symphony #5,  3rd and 4th movements.  Op 67 .........Ludwig van Beethoven (1808).
  • Violin Concerto in D Major,  Op 61 ......... Ludwig van Beethoven (1806).   With Soloist Alex Eisenberg.

  • Romance #1 for Violin and Orchestra,   Op 40 .........Ludwig van Beethoven (1802).   Featuring Violinist Eleanor Sturm.
  • Overture to Tannhäuser,  WWV 70 ................ Richard Wagner (1845)

Short Program notes:

From Symphony #5, we will perform the Scherzo and Finale. Beethoven wrote these movements to played with no break between them - instead, an interesting transition searches for a landing point, before resolving to the glorious Finale in C Major.

The symphony is followed by Beethoven's Violin Concerto, which is generally considered to be one of the greatest Violin Concertos from the 19th century. Lyrical and expansive, it established a new direction for Romantic Violin concertos - focusing on musical interpretation, rather than simple fireworks.

The second half begins with an earlier Beethoven work, the Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G Major. This piece features Young Artist  Eleanor Sturm  on Violin.

The Concert will end with Wagner's Tannhäuseroverture, depicting an epic musical struggle between good and evil.

Concert locations and dates (Between Jun 5 and June 14) will be announced shortly. The program is subject to change. Concert performances will be conducted by Maestro James Rawie.

General admission will be $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. Young persons, under age 23, enjoy FREE admission. "Front and Center" preferred seating prices are $40 for adults and $15 for youth/students.  

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✔ A Wide Variety of Music Performed

✔ Affordable Ticket Prices & Free Entry for Children

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