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St John Passion

Contributed by Andrejs Ozolins on 04/22/03 

St. John Passion by J. S. Bach
Sunday, April 27
3:00 p.m.
Ford Hall, James J. Whalen Center for Music
Ithaca College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Chamber Orchestra
directed by Lawrence Doebler with faculty soloists soprano Patrice Pastore, mezzo-soprano Kelly Samarzea, tenor David Parks, baritone Randie Blooding, cellist Elizabeth Simkin, and harpsichordist William Cowdery.

Choir rehearsal
Choir rehearsing for Passion
The story of Jesus's arrest, trial, and crucifixion has been a recurring theme in music over the centuries. Originally, the passion texts were read to serve as a remembrance and a way to reinforce Christ's teachings. By the 13th century, reading had given way to chanting by a single singer. Over the next four centuries musical resources became more plentiful; one of the results was Bach's dramatic and richly textured composition.

"Bach's St. John Passion is one of music's great religious works," Doebler says. "It is an astonishingly vital, energetic, and honest portrayal of this significant historic event."

Currently in his 25th year at the College, Doebler is a professor of music performance. In addition to serving as director of choral ensembles, he teaches conducting, choral techniques, and choral literature. He is currently the music director of the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and has served as the director of music at churches in Cleveland, St. Louis, Madison, and Ithaca.

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