St. John the Divine to Present St. John’s Passion As Part of ‘Great Music in a Great Space’ Series

By David Salazar

St. John the Divine will present Bach’s famed St. John Passion as part of its “Great Music in a Great Space” series.

The showcase, which will be streamed online via the organization’s official website, will take place on March 29, 2021 starting at 7 p.m. EST. The production will be led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music at St. John the Divine. The work will feature the Cathedral Choir and instrumentalists of Ensemble 1047.  Soloists for the performance include Andrew Fuchs, Joseph Beutel, Amy Justman, Kirsten Sollek, Lawrence Jones, and Peter Stewart.

Beutel has performed with such companies as Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, English Concert, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Sarasota Opera, among others. 

Meanwhile Fuchs has participated in performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Juilliard’s Focus Festival, among others. 

Jones’ career has featured collaborations of Bach’s major works with  the Oratorio Society of New York, New Mexico Philharmonic, Saint Thomas Choir, Back Bay Chorale, Bach Society of St. Louis, and Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Justman has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, and American Modern Ensemble, among others.

Sollek has worked with Bach Collegium Japan, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Kansas City Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra, to name but a few.

Stewart has performed Bach’s music with several organizations throughout his career, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Madeira Bach Festival.

The performance will be available for repeat viewings on demand through April 28, 2021. 

The “Great Music in a Great Space” concert series was revived in 2011; the initial series was first held at the Cathedral back in the 1980s.