J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion
4:00 PM16:00

J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion

A rare performance of Bach's powerful choral masterpiece

The University of Dayton Chorale joins us for a profound presentation of the St. Matthew Passion, Bach’s magnificent setting of Christ’s last days for double chorus, soloists, and double orchestra.

Generously supported by the Miriam Rosenthal Foundation for the Arts.

Buy tickets in advance to secure your seats for the concert.

The Passion Performers

University of Dayton Chorale — Steven Hankle, director
Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra — John Neely, music director | R. Alan Kimbrough, accompanist
Soloists — Daniel Weeks, Evangelist | Mark Spencer, Jesus | Josefien Stoppelenburg , Soprano | Nathan Medley, Countertenor | Cyril Blosser, Tenor | David Rugger, Bass | Joy Carter and Karen Linaberry

The crown jewel of choral music

Bach's St. Matthew Passion is life-changing. Ambitious. And the most significant choral composition in classical music. To perform it requires two choruses, two orchestras, nine solos, and an artistry potent enough to rise to the vigor of Bach's musical challenge.

To witness it is life-changing

For three hundred years, the Passion has moved audiences with its spiritual potency. It touches the heart, awakens the imagination, and renews faith. Standing as one of the pillars of sacred classical music, it is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.

A rarely performed work of art

The Passion has graced Dayton only five times in 70 years. The production is monumental -- two choruses, two orchestras, nine solos, nearly all of the instruments of Bach's time, and a five-figure price tag. The magnitude of the work makes it rare to perform and rare to experience.

Experience the magnificence

To secure your seat for the St. Matthew Passion, buy your tickets in advance. Prices are $25 for adults, $20 for active military, $15 for students, and free for children ages 12 and under.

Preview the Passion with Neal Gittleman

An hour before the Passion, the Dayton Philharmonic's artistic director and conductor, Neal Gittleman, ushers us into Bach's magnificent composition. Maestro Gittleman is an integral part of Dayton’s artistic renaissance, and he offers us his perspective on Bach's Passion prior to the concert.

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