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  • RUTH LINCOLN
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    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 11, 2004
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      >"Finding your Passion?"
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      >Clearly, we're in Passiontide, with the dynamic release of Mel Gibson's new
      >blockbuster movie, "The Passion of the Christ." But other passions do
      >exist, and New York Times writer Edward Rothstein strongly recommends
      >listening to J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion. "It should probably be
      >prescribed as a remedy for every viewer of the [Gibson] film," he writes.
      >
      >In contrast to the interminable violence shown in the movie, J.S. Bach's
      >work creates a tapestry of intense emotions that ultimately lead to a sense
      >of hope.
      >
      >Locally, the Bach St. Matthew Passion will be performed on the weekend of
      >Palm Sunday by one of the Bay Area's finest sacred music choirs, Soli Deo
      >Gloria, conducted by Artistic Director Allen H Simon and accompanied by
      >members of Orchestra Gloria. The monumental work requires two orchestras,
      >two choirs, and a children's choir which will be ably handled by the
      >Concert Choir of Piedmont Choirs. The story itself is told by the
      >Evangelist, sung by tenor Brian Staufenbiel. Chad Runyon, bass, will sing
      >the part of Jesus. Many intimate and personal arias are sprinkled
      >throughout the work and will be sung by Pamela Sebastian, soprano; Sally
      >Mouzon, mezzo-soprano; and David Newman, bass.
      >
      >This Passion, based on Biblical accounts, is wrapped in the rich tradition
      >of chorale writing for which Bach is famous. The two choirs and the
      >children's choir join forces to sing chorales throughout, which comment on
      >the action and bring the audience into the story on a more personal level.
      >Although the controversial text supposedly "blaming" the Jews for Jesus'
      >death is present here as in the Gibson Passion, ultimately there is no
      >finger-pointing. Bach's Passion gets more personal: we are all guilty, but
      >at the same time, we are all redeemed.
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      >And with that personal thrust, Bach's music becomes much more relevant.
      >
      >Rothstein says, " There is no boundary between the Passion story, the
      >soul's struggles and daily life. Bach's music moves between the public
      >world of faith and its interior trials, between orthodox doctrine and its
      >human significance."
      >
      >Two performances, performed in German with English translations provided,
      >will take place in Piedmont and San Francisco.
      >
      >Friday, April 2
      >
      >Soli Deo Gloria and Orchestra Gloria, Allen H Simon, director, performs
      >J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion with Brian Staufenbiel, evangelist; Chad
      >Runyon, Jesus; Pamela Sebastian, soprano; Sally Mouzon, mezzo-soprano;
      >David Newman, bass; and the Concert Choir of Piedmont Choirs. Piedmont
      >Community Church, 400 Highland Ave., Piedmont. 7PM $20/$15 415-982-7341
      >or www.sdgloria.org.
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      >Sunday, April 4
      >
      >Soli Deo Gloria and Orchestra Gloria, Allen H Simon, director, performs
      >J.S. Bach, St. Matthew Passion with Brian Staufenbiel, evangelist; Chad
      >Runyon, Jesus; Pamela Sebastian, soprano; Sally Mouzon, mezzo-soprano;
      >David Newman, bass; and the Concert Choir of Piedmont Choirs. St. Gregory
      >of Nyssa, 500 De Haro at Mariposa, San Francisco. 3PM Limited seating:
      >advance purchase advised. $20/$15 415-982-7341 or www.sdgloria.org.
      >

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