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The Lutheran Church of Honolulu Presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion

For the first time in Hawaii, two historically-informed performances of Bach’s St. John Passion will be presented by the Lutheran Church of Honolulu Choir and Bach Chamber Orchestra on Friday, March 12th and Saturday, March 13th, 2004 at 7:30 pm. Carl Crosier will conduct an international cast of performers, including Max van Egmond, Jennifer Lane and David Newman.

Renowned bass-baritone, Max van Egmond will sing the part of Jesus. Max van Egmond achieved his greatest fame as an interpreter of J. S. Bach’s cantatas, masses and passions and performed these masterpieces with conductors Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen. One of Holland’s most beloved artists, he has received numerous awards and honors including a special decoration from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his decades of service to Dutch musical life. His forty-year career has taken him throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, Israel and Asia.

Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early baroque to that of today’s composers. She has appeared at festivals worldwide, with conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling and Robert Shaw.

American baritone David Newman is highly regarded for his work in opera, oratorio and chamber music throughout the United States and Canada. Noted for the clarity and warmth of his voice and his expressive musicality, he appears regularly with North America’s leading early music ensembles including Tafelmusik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players.

Local soloists include Georgine Stark, soprano; Les Ceballos, tenor; Joseph Z. Pettit, tenor; and Leon Williams, baritone.

Tickets are available from the church office at 1730 Punahou Street and are $35 for reserved seating and $25 general admission. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly advised. More information may be obtained by calling 941-2566.

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Guest Artists

Baritone Max van Egmond will sing the role of Jesus.Renowned baritone Max van Egmond will sing the part of Jesus. Max van Egmond achieved his greatest fame as an interpreter of J. S. Bach’s cantatas, masses and passions and performed these masterpieces with conductors Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen. One of Holland’s most beloved artists, he has received numerous awards and honors including a special decoration from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his decades of service to Dutch musical life. His forty-year career has taken him throughout Europe, Canada, the USA, Israel and Asia.

Mr. van Egmond’s web site.


Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane will sing the the alto arias.Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane is recognized internationally for her stunning interpretations of repertoire ranging from the early baroque to that of today’s composers. She has appeared at festivals worldwide, with conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, Mstislav Rostropovich, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Marc Minkowski, Helmut Rilling and Robert Shaw. Ms. Lane’s performance in the St. Matthew Passion four years ago was called &rlduo;the high point of the evening.”


Baritone David Newman will sing the the bass arias.American baritone David Newman is highly regarded for his work in opera, oratorio and chamber music throughout the United States and Canada. Noted for the clarity and warmth of his voice and his expressive musicality, he appears regularly with North America's leading early music ensembles including Tafelmusik and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. This will mark Mr. Newman’s second appearance in Hawaii.

Mr. Newman's web site.


Gambist Dornenburg.Viola da gamba soloist John Dornenburg teaches music history and literature at California State University Sacramento, as well as general education courses in music appreciation and jazz history. As a viola da gamba soloist, he has performed widely in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and across the USA. He is director of the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, co-founder of the ensemble Music’s Re-creation, and in the San Francisco Bay Area can also be heard with Magnificat, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and American Bach Soloists, among many other groups. He has made over twenty five compact disc recordings, which include solo performances of music by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, G.P. Telemann, G.F. Handel, and M. Marais.

Mr. Dornenburg’s web site.


Lutenist Michael Eagan.Lutenist Michael Eagan performs throughout the world and records with American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston Baroque and Musica Pacifica, as well as appearing with a host of other musical groups. Mr. Eagan records for EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Koch International, Virgin Classics, Telarc, Dorian, Well-Tempered Productions, Apollo Amused and Windham Hill. He is Music Director of the critically acclaimed Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, based in Los Angeles. He is also a composer for television, stage, film and the concert hall, and was a recipient of the Henry Mancini Award for the composition of music for motion pictures and television films.

Mr. Egan’s web site.


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