Monthly Archives: March 2016

St. John Wrap-Up

Our 2016 performance of Bach’s monumental St. John Passion is now a very powerful memory.  I’ve gotten some feedback from family and friends, and they all seem unanimous with the audience, which quickly rose in a lavish ovation the moment Greg acknowledged Thomas Cooley, as the applause began at the conclusion of the performance.  … Continue Reading »

St. John Eve

We’ve now had our full run-through, and things are sounding exceptionally beautiful.  I was in the car the other day, thinking deep thoughts while stuck in traffic, and it occurred to me that Bach introduces one more paradox into John’s recounting of Christ’s passion (which is full of paradoxes and dualisms:  darkness and light, life… Continue Reading »