Orchestra Iowa

St. John Passion

J.S. Bach         St. John Passion

Stephen Ng, Evangelist
Stephen Swanson, Jesus
Kristin Hightower, soprano
Suzanne Lommler, alto
Sumner Thompson, baritone
Luther College Nordic Choir, Allen Hightower, Director

We welcome spring with an incredibly moving work written by the greatest composer of all time, Johann Sebastian Bach. Composed for Good Friday services during Bach's first year at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the St. John Passion is a dramatic representation of the Passion as told in the Gospel of John.

The work is constructed of dramatically presented recitatives and choruses, reflective chorales and arias, and is framed by an opening chorus and a final one before ending with one last chorale.

Compared to the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less finished.

Maestro Hankewich is honored to bring this favorite piece of his to Orchestra Iowa audiences.