Buy tickets NOW to hear Bach's St. Matthew Passion
Hearts were touched Thursday when Jaap van Zweden led the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Children's Chorus of Greater
Dallas in J. S. Bach's masterpiece St. Matthew Passion.
The performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center was the first by
the DSO in fifty years and elicited rapt stillness and rapturous
"This was a performance that both pleased the ear and moved the emotions," wrote
Olin Chism for KERA's Art & Seek. "A couple of highlights for
me … were [alto Jennifer] Johnston's aria "Erbarme dich," with
gorgeous violin accompaniment by Alexander Kerr, and [soprano
Camilla] Tilling's moving aria "Aus Liebe." But there were many
more, including the wonderful work throughout the evening of [tenor
Johannes] Chum as the evangelist."
"Van Zweden did much that was aptly stylish with the orchestra," wrote Scott
Cantrell in The Dallas Morning News.
Noted John Norine, Jr. on TheaterJones: "The choirs are expertly
prepared by Joshua Habermann (Dallas Symphony Chorus) and
Cynthia Nott (Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas). The children's
chorus is wonderful to experience; they possess a clear tone that
cuts through the other performers to soar over the ensemble. The
adult chorus represents themselves nobly as well, nestling into the
overall sound of the ensemble without being overpowering."
And opera tenor David Cangelosi, in Dallas preparing to sing
Monostatos in the Dallas Opera's upcoming The Magic
Flute revealed wonderful insight and personal reflection
in a blog post about the performance on DavidCangelosi.com:
"Concertmaster Alexander Kerr lent his considerable virtuosic
talents to Jennifer Johnston's gorgeous rendition of Erbarme
dich, resulting in a half-swoon of pure satisfaction from a
nearby audience member upon completion," Cangelosi wrote. "The
chorus was well prepared and took the roles of angry mob and
sympathetic believers well in hand. The Passion is a
solemn work, heavy-laden with poignancy, and Mo. van Zweden never
lost sight of this; conducting with pathos and
Don't miss this truly monumental and moving evening of
music-making. Get your tickets NOW to hear Bach's St.
Matthew Passion >>