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BEMF Chamber & Vocal Ensembles

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
James Taylor, Evangelist

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

Tickets can be purchased through the Jordan Hall Box Office located at 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston and by telephone at 617-585-1260

Johann Sebastiani’s exquisite early setting of the St. Matthew Passion (1672)

We close the season with a special Good Friday concert featuring the all-star instrumentalists and singers of the BEMF Chamber & Vocal Ensemble performing the St. Matthew Passion by German Baroque composer Johann Sebastiani led by Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs. ebastiani’s St. Matthew Passion is one of the most sublime and deeply moving passion settings of the late 17th century. It is lushly scored for five voices, six strings, and a continuo group Sebastiani describes as “very colorful and strong” including organ, harpsichord and multiple plucked instruments. The warmly lyrical vocal writing is accentuated by accompanying the Evangelist with a consort of viols, and Jesus with the violins. Sebastiani was the first to include chorales to intensify the drama, a practice later borrowed by Bach. For our performance, James Taylor, one of the pre-eminent Bach Evangelists of our time, will use his communicative powers to enliven this important yet rarely heard predecessor of Bach’s Passions.

Paul O'Dette
Stephen Stubbs
James Taylor
João Fernandes
Paul O'Dette,
Musical Director
Stephen Stubbs,
Musical Director
James Taylor,
Evangelist
João Fernandes,
Jesus
Danielle Reutter-Harrah
Ian Howell
Jason McStoots
John Taylor Ward
Danielle Reutter-Harrah,
mezzo-soprano
Ian Howell,
countertenor
Jason McStoots,
tenor
John Taylor Ward,
bass

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm featuring Musical Directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs.

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors

Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
James Taylor, Evangelist
João Fernandes, Jesus
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, mezzo-soprano
Ian Howell, countertenor
Jason McStoots, tenor
John Taylor Ward, bass

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy, concertmaster; Cynthia Roberts, violin;
Laura Jeppesen, Christel Thielmann, Beiliang Zhu & Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba; Michael Sponseller, organ & harpsichord;
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & lute