published Friday, March 30th, 2012

Bach Choir presents 'St. John Passion' Sunday


What: Chattanooga Bach Choir's "St. John Passion."

When: 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Where: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Road.

Admission: $15.


Six local soloists will join the Chattanooga Bach Choir to present "St. John Passion" on Sunday afternoon at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The sacred oratorio is a dramatic representation of the Passion of Christ, as told in the Gospel of John. Johann Sebastian Bach composed the work for Good Friday vespers in 1724.

"This presentation will be only the second performance of the work in its entirety in the Chattanooga area. The first was in 1994, presented by the Bach Choir under the direction of choir founder Dr. James Greasby," said director David Long in a news release.

Long said the choral work is considered one of Bach's masterworks.

The choral and vocal drama features soloists in dramatic roles while the choir's 25 singers supply the voices of the mobs and priests. A 17-piece orchestra will accompany the singers.

Featured soloists will be baritone John Brandon as Jesus, bass Brett Hyberger as Peter and Pilate, and tenor Stanley Warren as The Evangelist.

Other soloists are soprano Beth DuRoy, mezzo-soprano Loralee Songer and tenor Ron Brendel.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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