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The TOCCATA Symphony and Chorus has previously cancelled performances of the Passion according to St Matthew by J. S. Bach. They were scheduled for April 4 thru April 10.Today, we have also cancelled the Classy Classics Concert Series, scheduled for June. In place of this year's live performances, we invite patrons to enjoy A German Requiem in the privacy and safety of their own homes, by playing this YouTube Video of the Toccata Performance from September 4, 2019:
Thank you for your patronage and understanding.
This Concert Series was scheduled to include three Beethoven Compositions,
honoring the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.
Short Program notes:
Beethoven's Symphony #5 was to be 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 was to begin 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 was planned to conclude with Wagner's Tannhäuser overture, depicting an epic musical struggle between good and evil.
All of these pieces may be performed at future concert dates.
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.
In place of this year's live performances, we invite patrons to enjoy St. Matthew's Passion in the privacy and safety of their own homes, by playing this YouTube Video of the Toccata Performance from Good Friday, 2019:
You are invited to join 25 Singers, 12 members of our Orchestra, and our other "boosters" in a tour of the Southern Rhône river valley, with 5 concerts in fabulous French Churches. Elizabeth Pitcairn will perform on all concerts! Our itinerary includes the following destinations:
The complete itinerary is subject to change. Please Click Here to download the itinerary brochure.
You may fly to and from Reno with the main group, or you can make your own travel arrangements.
Insurance for the Tour is handled by Jeanne Felix, <email@example.com>.
For Reservations and further Information, please call 775-833-2478.
✔ Smaller, More Intimate Venues
✔ A Wide Variety of Music Performed
✔ Featuring Local Musicians of All Ages
✔ Affordable Ticket Prices & Free Entry for Children
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