In March 2019, we present one of the greatest oratorios of all time, Bach’s St. John Passion. Written in 1724 during his first year in Leipzig, Bach’s setting of scripture and poetry is a deeply human and intensely dramatic musical telling of the betrayal, suffering, and death of Christ. Soloists portray characters such as Jesus, Peter, and Pilate, while the chorus portrays the angry mob, eager for bloodshed. Arias provide moments of reflection on the drama and universal human themes including friendship and sacrifice, loyalty and betrayal, cruelty and compassion.
Noted interpreter of Bach, tenor Joseph Gaines returns to Pittsburgh and to Resonance Works as the Evangelist, ten years after first performing this masterwork with conductor Maria Sensi Sellner. Philadelphia native bass-baritone Michael Scarcelle portrays Jesus. An octet of aria soloists including Katy Williams, Thespina Christulides, Corrie Stallings, Christina English, Ian McEuen, George Milosh, Matthew Scollin, and Christopher Scott will also serve as the core of the small chamber chorus, creating a powerful and uniquely intimate performance experience.
We are thrilled to be performing for the first time in the historic Heinz Memorial Chapel, which has long been associated with outstanding performances of Baroque masterworks, and to create a mini-series this season (along with A Joyous Sound!) at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.
Evangelist Joseph Gaines
Jesus Michael Scarcelle
Soprano Katy Williams
Soprano Thespina Christulides
Mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings
Mezzo-soprano Christina English
Tenor Ian McEuen
Tenor George Milosh
Bass-baritone Matthew Scollin
Baritone Christopher Scott
Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner
Resonance Chamber Orchestra & Festival Chorus