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Voices of Ascension

  • Church of the Ascension 12 West 11th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Germany: Bach St. John Passion 

Operatic in its scale, dramatic arc, tension, characterizations, and resolution, Bach's St. John Passion is one of the towering masterpieces of Baroque music. The chorus has two alternating roles: one as a “Greek chorus” commenting on the scenes unfolding, and separately as the “crowd” participating in the events. From the first turbulent note of the orchestra, the music propels the narrative toward its inevitable tragic conclusion—and then, redemption.


Derek Chester, Evangelist

Kevin Deas, Jesus

Sarah Shafer, soprano

Avery Amereau, mezzo-soprano

Gene Stenger, tenor

Adam Dunbar, baritone