Directed by Ivars Taurins / Tafelmusik Chamber Choir


Thu Mar 26, Fri Mar 27, Sat Mar 28 at 8pm, Sun Mar 29 at 3:30pm Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre Map
This event has been cancelled. 
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Premium Concert
Directed by Ivars Taurins
Jana Miller, soprano
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
Charles Daniels, Evangelist and tenor soloist
William Sharp, Jesus and baritone soloist
Andrew Mahon, Petrus, Pilatus, and bass-baritone soloist
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir
Bach’s St John Passion shocked the Church fathers in Leipzig at its premiere with its intensity and fervour. It's just that intensity that makes it so relevant in today’s highly charged and turbulent times. Harrowing, passionate, and tender by turn, the St John Passion reflects our world as well as Bach's.  
If the St Matthew Passion stresses the harmony of the Christian story, the St John refuses to shy away from the darkness inherent in the tale, which makes the final transformation of pain into faith and peace all the more powerful. One of the masterpieces of Western art. 
What's interesting about this concert:
  1. Last performed by Tafelmusik in 2015, the St John Passion is part of Tafelmusik's core repertoire, re-interpreted and re-conceived each time it is performed.
  2. A deep expression of Christian faith which is nonetheless suffused with universal symbols of suffering, redemption, peace, and hope, thus truly for everyone. 
  3. The St John Passion is one of the touchstones of the baroque, a living monument against which the entire era can be measured, but a work with deep contemporary overtones as well. 
Pre-concert Chat
Join us one hour before each concert for a free pre-concert chat titled Illuminating Sacred Music: The St. John's Bible and Bach's St. John Passion, with Gordon Rixon, S.J., Ph.D.
Extra Reading
Read a selection of articles that place the writing of the Gospel within a historical framework and offers context on the controversy surrounding John's treatment of the Jewish people in the Passion story. Read articles
  • Bach St John Passion

 Concert run time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including a 25-minute intermission.

Listen to a few samples of what you will hear in this concert.

Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Director Ivars Taurins and music broadcaster Robert Harris zoom in on this work from the conductor's perspective on CBC Radio's Ideas. LISTEN HERE

Photo: Kathryn Hosier, detail, Karolina Kuras