Dashon Burton, bass soloist
Joe Miller, conductor
The Passion genre may never have reached a higher peak than it did in J.S. Bach’s contribution featuring a libretto based on the Gospel of Matthew. Double-choir dialogue and a double orchestra dramatically represent Christ’s last days before crucifixion in a setting that beautifully accounts for the gravity of this central Christian event and its glorious message of redemption. Both monumental and intimate, St. Matthew Passion presents The Last Supper, Judas’s betrayal, Peter’s denial, and Jesus’s trial and crucifixion. Director for Choral Activities Joe Miller leads his magnificent Westminster Choir, members of Taylor Festival Choir, musicians from New York Baroque Incorporated performing on period instruments, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in this edifying masterpiece.