Bach, Johann Sebastian
Saint Matthew Passion
Program is subject to change
Hear for yourself what James R. Oestreich of the New York Times described as “a marvel of true, pliant, rich tone and crisp and flexible rhythms” in the Gothic splendor of Saint Thomas Church.
As we enter the season of Passiontide, John Scott leads the Saint Thomas Choir and the period instrument orchestra, Concert Royal, in a performance of Bach’s dramatic setting of the Passion according to Saint Matthew.
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
Rufus Müller, Evangelist
Douglas Williams , Christus
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Jay Carter, countertenor
Lawrence Jones, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, bass
John Scott, conductor
A (Prime) and B (Preferred) seats are assigned in the center, front sides and first rows of the balcony. C (Standard) tickets are open seating (first come, first served) at the back, sides and rear and side balcony.
Approximate duration (min.): 195
Saint Thomas Choir (Choir)
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys is the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the United States. Directed since 2004 by John Scott, formerly Organist and Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the choir performs regularly with period instrument ensembles, Concert Royal and Sinfonia New York, or with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s as part of its own concert series. Its primary raison d’être, however, is to provide music for five choral services each week.
Supplementing its choral services and concert series over the past three decades, the choir has toured throughout the United States and Europe with performances at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Kings College, Cambridge, Windsor, Edinburgh, St. Albans and the Aldeburgh Festival. In 2004, the choir toured Italy, and performed for a Papal Mass at the Vatican. During 2007, the choir performed Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion for the opening concert of the Mexico Festival in Mexico City as well as at Saint Thomas Church. In April 2010, the choir performed in their second British Choirs Festival at Washington National Cathedral with the choirs of New College Oxford and Washington National Cathedral.
The Men of the Saint Thomas Choir are professional singers; the Boy choristers attend Saint Thomas Choir School. Founded in 1919, it is the only church related boarding choir school in the United States, and one of only a few choir schools remaining in the world.
Scott, John (Conductor)
As an organist, John Scott has performed in five continents, premiered many new works written for him, and worked with various specialist ensembles. He is a first-prize winner from the Manchester International Organ Competition (1978) and the Leipzig J.S. Bach Competition (1984). In 1998 he was
nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 2004, after 26 years at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, John Scott moved to take up the post of Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York, where he directs the renowned Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
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Mar 20 2015
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