C.P.E. Bach’s Saint John Passion

Friday, March 24, 2017
Óscar Romero and the Martyrs of El Salvador
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Online ticketing for this evening’s performance has closed. Tickets will be available for sale at the Fifth Avenue entrance beginning at 6:30.

C.P.E. Bach followed in his father’s footsteps as a prolific composer of vocal and instrumental music. Dating from his years in Hamburg, the St. John Passion sets music not only by C.P.E., but also incorporates some movements from his godfather Telemann and his father’s own setting of the same Gospel narrative. Klopstock’s Morning Song of Creation has resonances with Haydn’s oratorio, not least in its opening sunrise. And in keeping with the season of Passiontide, we open with Haydn’s lesser-known Passion Symphony no. 49.

“Emanuel is known for bridging the gap between the baroque and classical eras, and [St. John Passion] indicates why. It sounds like something his dad might have written, but a mellowed-out version, eschewing knotted lines in favour of elegant simplicity.” Hannah Nepil, Financial Times

Symphony No 49, ‘Passion Symphony’ – F. J. Haydn
Klopstocks Morgengesang Am Sch√∂pfungsfeste (Klopstock’s Morning Song of Creation) – C.P.E. Bach
Saint John Passion (1772) – C.P.E. Bach

Featured Performers:
Lawrence Jones, Evangelist
Sarah Brailey & Clara Rottsolk, Sopranos
Eric Brenner, Countertenor
Mark Bleeke, Tenor
Daniel Moore, Bass
The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys
New York Baroque Incorporated
Daniel Hyde, conductor

Prime (assigned seating) – $75.00
Preferred (assigned seating) – $55.00
General Admission – $40.00
Student/Senior – $30 (available the day of the concert at the door)

Doors open at 6:30pm