The Passion According to Saint John, By J.S. Bach

May 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2007Conducted by the Director Andrew J. Chung, one of the Bay Area’s youngest conductors to visit this piece for the second time; his conducting style has been described as “lively and heartfelt direction resonated through every section, from beginning to end.” Mr. Chung will also be playing the role of Jesus, metaphorically emphasizing the idea that Jesus Christ had a guiding role in the events leading up to his death, thus fulfilling his divine purpose as is shown in the Gospel of St. John. B.A.C.H. presents J.S. Bach's masterpiece, St. John Passion a second time, since its first performance in 2001 in Berkeley, Bakersfield and Long Beach, all full houses. B.A.C.H. is a professional vocal and orchestral ensemble based in the Bay Area comprised of young professional musicians dedicated to the promotion of Classical music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The soloists are selected from the chorus, comprised of singers who regularly perform in professional music ensembles throughout the Bay Area. As it has moved from a student run group at UC Berkeley to a professional level group, B.A.C.H. revisits one of its most beloved pieces, performing in three locations in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose.Johannes Passion is a musical composition by Johann Sebastian Bach that was first performed in 1724. The text for the body of the work is taken from The Gospel According to St. John chapters 18 and 19. Bach used Martin Luther's translation of the Bible with only slight modifications. The program will be performed Thursday, May 17th, at Trinity Episcopal Church in San Francisco; Friday, May 18th at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Berkeley and Saturday, May 19th in San Jose.

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