Bach composed his St Matthew Passion during a productive period where he wrote a cantata a week (have you ever followed someone on Tumblr who claims they're going to write a song a day or some other creative project they’ll inevitably flake out on? Johann has them all clocked), and sources far beyond Wikipedia call this choral work from 1727 the most beautiful piece of sacred music ever written. Take that, Handel. The Bach Society of Saint Louis will perform St Matthew Passion on Sunday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School (425 South Lindbergh Boulevard) for $20 to $40. And while it's a fitting day to perform a Christian piece, the work is so sublime and magnificently affecting that religious persuasion seems moot. Visit www.bachsociety.org for details.
Sun., March 18, 2012