Passionate about Bach

J.S. Bach is making headlines this week as Chicago prepares for Palm Sunday, Passover, and Easter. In honor of Holy Week, Motet Choir, Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Orchestra join the celebration with a performances of St. John PassionBach with special guests.

Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 pm
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

This seldom-heard 1749 original version of Bach’s masterpiece will be performed by Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Motet Choir and guest soloists under the direction of James Kallembach.

The concert will be preceded by a free lecture by Michael Marissen, author of Lutheranism, Anti-Judaism, and Bach’s St. John Passion (please note the change of speaker) at 2 pm in the 3rd fl. theater of Ida Noyes (1212 E. 59th St.). Tickets in advance are $32 front nave; $22 general; $8 students and at the door $35 front nave; $25 general; $10 students. For more information, call the Chapel’s front desk at 773.702.2100.

The Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Orchestra, with soloists Andrew Schultze, Lon Ellenberger, Matthew Dean, and Mark Winston, perform Bach’s masterpiece in the 1749 version that Bach arranged just before his death in 1750. Modern performances tend to present a pastiche of movements never heard during Bach’s lifetime. This version presents the libretto and music exactly as performed in Leipzig.

Supported in part by the Doris Taub fund.