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Create Order in your Mind!

I've heard it said that listening to Baroque music (and especially Bach) naturally creates order in the mind. If that's the case, CAE singers should be thinking very clearly these days. Our first rehearsal with our artistic partner for this concert - Bach Society- in preparation for performing Bach's St. John Passion this weekend lasted over three hours but felt more like just a few minutes. We feel honored to be in partnership with Bach Society. This, our first collaboration with this fine musical organization, promises to be a very special musical experience for performers and audience alike. Please come and enjoy this grand work as we gather to hear and reflect on the Passion of Jesus. Af

1st Meeting - CAE, Bach Society & Matthias Maute

It went very quickly from ‘getting to know you’, to ‘getting it all together’ at rehearsal last night in Lourdes Chapel. Everyone is excited to collaborate on Bach’s St. John Passion along with soloists Anna Christofaro, Nerea Berraondo, Nicholas Chalmers, and Alan Dunbar this weekend!

Baroque All-Stars

This March, a wonderful variety of musical talents will team up, joyously, to present Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental St John Passion. It should be an exhilarating evening. First, we have our maestro, Matthias Maute, guiding the performance. Born in Germany and recognized internationally as a virtuoso recorder player, Matthias has settled in Montréal to teach and conduct, leading his Ensemble Caprice to many sparkling Baroque performances, including a Vivaldi recording that recently won a JUNO (“Canadian Grammy”) for best classical recording of the year. Second, we have our marvelous soloists: Anna Christofaro, soprano, who has built an active solo career as well as sung with the Grammy

Leipzig 1724 - the St. John Passion

This is Bach's fair copy score of the opening chorus of the St John Passion. In the dense 16th notes of the strings (center), one gets a visual sense of the dark, brooding unrest of the opening--g minor, aching dissonances in the oboes soaring over the swirling texture. Yet the text for this music will be "Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8). Thus we see Bach's theological "take" on the passion story told by St John--there is a darkness, a humiliation, an ultimate sacrifice that is, at the same time, a triumph, a source of joy, a sign of the imponderable majesty of God. The music throughout this Passion beautifully and movingly expresses this paradox.

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