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Bach's St. Matthew Passion

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Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
Vanderbilt Chorale and Symphonic Choir
Blair Children’s Chorus
Vanderbilt Oratorio Orchestra
Tyler Nelson, Evangelist
Luke Harnish ('18), Jesus
Tucker Biddlecombe, conductor
Gayle Shay, director

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, first performed on Good Friday 1727, is widely considered one of the crowning artistic achievements of Western civilization. Bach’s interpretation of the Last Supper and the crucifixion of Christ is the perfect marriage of music and text, incorporating chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew. Vanderbilt’s production is unusual in that it is a semi-staging of the work featuring Blair professor Tyler Nelson playing the role of the Evangelist. The work will be sung in multiple languages — English, German, French, Arabic — representing the universal appeal this work has held over diverse audiences for centuries. Performed with English supertitles.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking for this event is available for free in West Garage (2500 Children's Way) through the Children's Way entrance. A second performance will be given at St. George Episcopal Church on Sunday April 15 at 3pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/222982741770547/)