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Monday, October 15, 2012

St Matthew Passion Resounds

When Johann Sebastian Bach composed “St. Matthew Passion,” he created a musical tapestry.

Threads of betrayal and compassion are woven with sorrow, acceptance and everlasting love. The Baroque masterpiece of the early 18th century heralded in the beginning of the Easter weekend when it debuted in Leipzig, Ger­many.

Starting on Palm Sun­day, April 17, Toccata, the Orchestra and Community Chorus of the Tahoe Area, will present the Part II of Passion for six performances throughout Reno and the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Conducted by Toccata founder and artistic director James Rawie, the second part is both intimate and monumental as through a series of singers, mostly male, the story of Jesus' last few days on Earth is told. The music, sung in English, depicts of his trial, crucifixion and burial.

Despite its religious overtones, the piece is not overly sacred according to Stuart Duke, Jonathan Leo, John Hutto and Daniel Paulson.

The quartet of singers will be featured as Jesus, Pontius Pilate and the Evangelitist. Hutto and Paulson swap out the last role.

The reason is simple.
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