Cal Bach Workshop to Tackle St. John Passion

by Margaret Wootton

Paul Flight

The California Bach Society is delighted to host its 14th annual Summer Choral Workshop, “J.S. Bach: St. John Passion” on Saturday, August 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Palo Alto.  Come sing with us again!  Paul Flight will offer insightful commentary as we sing these beloved chorales and exciting choruses!

Bach’s masterpiece followed a long-standing tradition of presenting complex, dramatic works with solos, choruses, and instruments, to mark the Lutheran church year.  The St. John Passion was first performed on Good Friday, April 7, 1724, during his first year in Leipzig. Singers participate in the stirring crowd choruses during the narrative, as well as in the chorales, familiar and comforting to the congregations in Bach’s time.

Scores will be available at the workshop, or you can print your own in advance (or sing along from your iPad!).  You can find the music online now at

The fee for the workshop is $55, which includes music and lunch.  Please register no later than August 15.  Register online at or print the attached flyer and mail to California Bach Society, PO Box 1526, Palo Alto, CA 94302-1526.   The venue will be provided upon registration.

Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society