Grand Finale of the Vancouver Bach Festival
Enlarge image Consul General Josef Beck and Alexander Weimann, Artistic Director, Pacific Baroque Orchestra (© Josef Beck) The Vancouver Bach Festival ended last Friday, August 11 with a magnificent performance of Bach’s St. John Passion. Around 1200 spectators followed the concert by the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The Orchestra and Choir, as well as a cast of international solo singers were led by the award-winning German conductor Alexander Weimann. The German Consul General Josef Beck met both him and Matthew White, the Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver, who has been organizing the Bach Festival for a couple of years.
The St. John Passion - based on the first German translation of the Bible by Martin Luther - is the closest Johann Sebastian Bach ever came to writing an opera. It’s a deeply religious piece that “can bring us in contact with really deep fibers within ourselves that are about love, loss and grief”, as Alexander Weimann put it in our interview (see the full interview and more pictures of the concert here ). The St. John Passion which premiered on Good Friday 1724 in Leipzig, is one of the most important pieces of the German Baroque period and among Bach’s best known compositions.
The German Consulate General is already looking forward to next year’s Vancouver Bach Festival! Enlarge image Consul General Josef Beck and Matthew White, Executive and Artistic Director, Early Music Vancouver (© Josef Beck)