J.S. Bach’s “St Matthew Passion”

We are in the liturgical year of Matthew. That is why the prescribed Bible readings include the Gospel of Matthew.

St Matthew Passion poster

St Matthew Passion poster

Bach’s St Matthew Passion is being performed at 7.30pm on Saturday 5 April 2014, by The Llewellyn Choir (140 voices, as a double choir) and Symphonia (double orchestra), at the Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music. Details are here.

Johan Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) was a major German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

Bach’s St Matthew Passion BWV 244 is a sacred oratorio from the Passions written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music.

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Sunday matinee concert by Loosely Woven

Loosely Woven is an adhoc troupe of musicians based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches who put together and perform three to four free acoustic shows each year, just for the fun of it! Their April road tour this year culminates in an afternoon concert at Tuggeranong Uniting Church, 1-3 pm. The concert will be a cabaret style of singing and instruments. Entry is free but donations will be gladly received to further the work of Frontier Services and the Leprosy Mission. The program of music presents an eclectic selection that will bring enjoyment to folk of all ages. Further information and a brochure at www.tuc.org.au.

Tuggeranong Loosely Woven Poster

Psalm 150 music composition competition

The Royal School of Church Music (ACT Branch) presents “An Afternoon of Sacred Music”, including performances of the finalists’ works in the RSCM(ACT) 2008 composition competition based on settings of the words of Psalm 150 to music. The afternoon at All Saints’ church, Ainslie, 3pm Sunday 17 August 2008, will include organ and vocal music. Meet our special guest, Ann Carr-Boyd, Australian composer, who will adjudicate the four finalists. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the event.

Blue Sky Singers Annual Concert

Blue Sky Singers, a Canberra community youth choir, is holding its annual concert at 7.30pm, Satyrday 23 August 2008, Wesley Music Centre, Barton ACT. Blue Sky Singers offer a range of music styles: gospel, jazz, show tunes, and traditional. Tickets: $20/adult, $10/concession-student, children under 12 free. Available at the door, or bookings. Contacts: call Bec 0438 588 261 or Andrew 0421 956 531 or email BlueSkySingers (at) myway.com