The Meadows Chorale of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is partnering with Conservatory Orchestra of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to present J.S. Bach’s monumental work St. Matthew Passion.
The performance is part of the Meadows Community Series, a series established to bring Meadows performances to the community and engage new audiences. This dramatic retelling of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ is a huge undertaking, rarely taken on by college choirs. The Meadows Chorale, under the direction of Pamela Elrod Huffman, has been preparing for this all year.
Dr. Robert Bode, director of choral activities at UKMC, will conduct the concert at Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC) on Sunday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to guests, and no tickets are required. In lieu of tickets, the choir asks guests to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank online or at the concert (both cash and non-perishable food items will be accepted).
NPR describes the piece as “one of the pillars of Western scared music, at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.” This piece continues to move audiences even three hundred years after it was first heard during Good Friday services at St. Thomas’ Church in Leipzig, Germany.
The work is divided into two parts, originally intended to be performed before and after the sermon during Good Friday services. The first part begins with an immense wave of sound to tell the stories of the Last Supper and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. The second part is more somber and tells of the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus, and meant to leave viewers in a mournful mood as they anticipate the memorial of Christ’s death on the cross.
The Meadows Chorale was invited by UKMC to collaborate on this project and will also be performing at the American Choral Directors Association 2016 Southwest Regional Convention in Kansas City on Tuesday, March 8.
For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
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The Well-Tempered Clavier Project: Internationally acclaimed pianist and Meadows faculty member Alessio Bax presents a two-day festival devoted entirely to one of Western classical music’s most influential works: J.S. Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. April 1 is devoted to the complete Book I, and April 5 includes the complete Book II. Both concerts will feature performances by faculty members and graduate students from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on both nights in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Sponsored by a gift from Jeanne Roach Johnson. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.
M.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition: Meadows School of the Arts presents its annual spring exhibition featuring works by Division of Art M.F.A. graduates, featuring a wide range of styles and media. The 2010 show runs April 5-17 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free. For more information, call the Division of Art at 214-768-4439.