St. Matthew Passion

Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor

Carolyn Sampson - Soprano

Karen Cargil - Mezzo-soprano

Andrew Staples - Tenor

Andrew Foster-Williams - Bass-baritone

Philippe Sly - Bass-baritone

The Westminster Symphonic Choir - Mixed chorus

The American Boychoir

James Alexander - Stage Director

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Bach - The Passion According to St. Matthew

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

8:00 pm Verizon Hall

Audiences were mesmerized when The Philadelphia Orchestra performed the work in 2013 for the first time in 30 years. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion premiered on Good Friday in 1727. Nearly 300 years later, Philadelphia audiences can experience the groundbreaking creation much as the original 18th-century audience did that Easter weekend. Recounting the New Testament story of Jesus Christ’s final days—from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion—Bach calls for large-scale forces and a divided orchestra. Renowned stage director James Alexander’s brilliant minimalist staging enhances the storytelling. Bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and tenor Andrew Staples as the Evangelist reprise their roles from those sold-out performances. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this grand event.



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