CCM Presents Staged Version of Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’
The CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir, CCM Philharmonia and faculty and student soloists join forces to perform this masterwork on Palm Sunday, April 9, at Christ Church Cathedral.
Date: 3/31/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Becky Butts
Phone: (513) 556-2675
UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will showcase J.S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion
at Cincinnati’s Christ Church Cathedral
at 3 p.m.
on Sunday, April 9
. Conducted by CCM Director of Choral Studies Earl Rivers
with stage direction from artist diploma candidate Andreas Hager
, the performance features faculty artist Daniel Weeks
and student aria soloists.
Known for its stunning choruses, interplay between recitative and aria and sublime storytelling, St. Matthew Passion
has made an enduring mark in music history as a sublime example of a musical setting of the passion story. Thanks in part to a grant from the Cambridge Charitable Foundation
, CCM's staged performance illuminates the dramatic intensity of this Baroque masterwork, which retells the compelling story of the events leading up to the trial of Jesus, his crucifixion and burial.
"Bach was interested in the spiritual drama of the crucifixion, not only of Jesus but of society," said Hager, a first-year artist diploma candidate in opera stage direction. "Our production explores the moral culpability we all face living in a complex world. From Judas to Peter to Pilate — no one can escape from the consequences of their choices."
"Our production is spare and minimalist, allowing the full force of Bach's music to take the forefront."
The CCM Chamber Choir, Cincinnati Children’s Choir and CCM Philharmonia will combine forces to perform this massive work. To make this work come to life on stage, the CCM production emphasizes the piece's storylines by designating arias to specific characters.
The story is presented by a narrator called the Evangelist, played by faculty artist Daniel Weeks
, tenor, with student soloists as Jesus (Samson McCrady
, bass-baritone), Pilate (Christian Pursell
, baritone) and aria singers (Ashley Fabian
and Jackie Stevens
, sopranos; Reilly Nelson
and Paulina Villarreal
, mezzo-sopranos; Thomas J. Capobianco
, tenor and Eric Shane Heatley
and Joseph Mazzara
CCM has a long history with St. Matthew Passion
, which dates back to a February 1970 performance that featured alumna Kathleen Battle (MM Voice, 1971) singing the aria, “Aus liebe.” The college most recently performed the work in November, 2011. This staged performance, held at Cincinnati’s St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, was the first of its kind in the Midwest.
Join us for CCM's latest production of this iconic masterwork. St. Matthew Passion
will be performed at 3 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 9 at Christ Church Cathedral, located at 318 East Fourth Street.Performance Date
3 p.m. Sunday, April 9LocationChrist Church Cathedral
318 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45246Purchasing Tickets
Single tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for non-UC students and FREE for UC students with valid ID.
Single tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online now through our e-Box Office! Visit ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice
for CCM Box Office hours and location.Directions
Christ Church Cathedral is located at the corners of Fourth and Sycamore Streets in Cincinnati, Ohio. For directions and additional information, please refer to http://cincinnaticathedral.com/belong
____CCM Season Presenting Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Sponsored by the Cambridge Charitable Foundation