Masaaki Suzuki and Bach’s St John Passion

Maison symphonique March 27 and 28, 2024

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A peerless specialist of the music of Bach, Masaaki Suzuki joins the OSM to conduct the stirring St John Passion. In the hands of the composer, the sacred text is transformed through the music’s accentuation of its tragic character. The Evangelist’s account, suffused with an ardent expressivity, is the common thread of a drama interspersed with contemplative arias. The meditative chorales entrusted to the choir provide the work with its structure, imparting it with a timeless, universal dimension.

J. S. BACH, St John Passion, BWV 245 (114 min.)


  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Producer / Presenter : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
  • Pre-concert at 6:30 PM : a recital will be presented before the concert. All ticket holders are welcome! (duration: 30 minutes)
  • Intermission : after the first part
  • Conductor : Masaaki Suzuki
  • Artists : Sherezade Panthaki (soprano), Reginald Mobley (countertenor), Werner Güra (tenor), Mauro Peter (ténor), Bernhard Hansky (bass)
  • OSM Chorus : Andrew Megill (OSM chorusmaster) | The chorusmaster chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving memory of Barry Drummond Birks
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