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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

St. John Passion in original liturgical context


MONTREAL, QC – MARCH 28, 2014 – On Good Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the Choir of The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul and Ensemble Caprice, directed by Jordan de Souza, presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion in its original liturgical context.

Soloists for the performance include award-winning baritone Peter MacGillivray (Jesus); Michael Colvin (Evangelist); Stephanie Manias and Jana Miller, sopranos; Laura Pudwell (alto); Philippe Gagné (2014 laureate of Montreal Baroque's Bruce Haynes International Competition) and Thomas Macleay, tenors; and Clayton Kennedy and David Tinervia, baritones. The instrumentalists of Ensemble Caprice will be led by Olivier Brault, concertmaster, and include Montreal’s finest period instrument specialists.

The performance will take place within a worship service modeled on the Good Friday Vespers held at Leipzig’s St. Thomas Church during J. S. Bach’s time. The audience will sing several hymns along with the choir and organ, and the Church’s minister, The Rev. Jeff Veenstra, will preach a sermon. A century-old tradition, the Choir’s Good Friday presentations always attract a great following.

A freewill offering will be taken during the service. A pre-service talk about the work will be given by Conductor Jordan de Souza at 6:30 p.m. (entry via 3419 Redpath); main doors to the church open at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is located at the corner of Sherbrooke and Redpath Streets. The main entrance faces the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Church can be reached by metro (Guy-Concordia) or bus 24 (exit at Bishop Street).

The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is a thriving downtown Christian family in the dynamic city of Montreal. We seek excellence in traditional church music and ministry to all ages in service of Jesus Christ. We strive in joy and wisdom to share our resources with our neighbours. Rooted in the Presbyterian Heritage, we welcome everyone to share in the fellowship and challenges of our congregation.

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