and Cordancia Chamber Ensemble:
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion will be performed at Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1040 East Avenue in Rochester, N.Y., on Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 p.m. The work will be sung in English. Performers will include the Eastman Chorale, the Cordancia Chamber Ensemble and the Asbury First choirs under the direction of William Weinert. Soloists will include Michaela Anthony, soprano, Caroline O'Dwyer, mezzo-soprano, David Tayloe and Matthew Swensen, tenors, and Zachary Burgess and Anthony Baron, basses. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or by calling the church office at (585) 271-1050.
The St. Matthew Passion was written by Bach in 1727, and is often considered to be his greatest masterpiece. Its text is taken from chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew, which tell the story of the last days of Jesus Christ. The Gospel text is augmented with devotional poetry and twelve hymn settings. The St. Matthew Passion was last performed in Rochester in 2000 by the Eastman Chorale.
The Eastman Chorale is a select ensemble of 60 pre-professional singers from Eastman School of Music. Cordancia is a Rochester-based chamber music ensemble founded in 2009 by violinist Pia Liptak and oboist Kathleen Suher and comprised of professional musicians and musicteachers. Asbury First’s resident choirs include the Sanctuary Choir, Asbury Singers, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choir.
William Weinert is Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the Eastman School of Music, and also Asbury First’s Director of Music.
With a congregation of 2,300 people, Asbury First United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist church in upstate New York. The church is noted for the quality of its music programming, presenting an annual concert series featuring notable regional musicians and national touring groups. The Asbury First Dining and Caring Center serves 24,000 meals annually to those in need; the Asbury First Storehouse provides donated clothing to more than 6,000 persons annually.
Professor of Conducting and Ensembles
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604