Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Bach’s St John Passion

A peerless specialist of the music of Bach, Masaaki Suzuki joins the OSM to conduct the stirring St John Passion. In the hands of the composer, the sacred text is transformed through the music’s accentuation of its tragic character. The Evangelist’s account, suffused with an ardent expressivity, is the common thread of a drama interspersed with contemplative arias. The meditative chorales entrusted to the choir provide the work with its structure, imparting it with a timeless, universal dimension.

Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of J. S. Bach. He has remained their Music Director ever since, taking them regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA, recording the complete cycle of Bach’s Sacred Cantatas and building up an outstanding reputation for the expressive refinement and truth of his performances.

In addition to working with renowned period ensembles, such as Collegium Vocale Gent and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Suzuki is invited to conduct repertoires as diverse as Brahms, Britten, Fauré, Mahler, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky, with orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Bavarian Radio, Danish National Radio, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.

This 2023/24 season includes his debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and returns to Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra and Handel and Haydn Orchestra among others. He will also have an extensive European tour with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Werner Güra, tenor
Mauro Peter, tenor
Bernhard Hansky, bass
Megan Chartrand, soprano
David Menzies, tenor
Nathaniel Watson, bass
Geoffroy Salvas, bass
Andrew Megill, OSM chorusmaster

J. S. BACH, St John Passion, BWV 245 (114 min.)

Pre-concert at 6:30pm:  a recital will be presented before the concert. All ticket holders are welcome! (duration: 30 minutes)

Maison symphonique
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 7:30pm
Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 7:30pm

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