St. Matthew Passion
Kenneth Slowik, Guest Conductor
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Rob Petillo, Evangelist
The Consort returns to Bach’s towering masterpiece, one of the greatest pieces of sacred music ever created. Originally composed to frame a Good Friday sermon, the narrative relates the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus and features some of Bach’s most inspired and spiritual music. The guest conductor for this performance is Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Like his friend Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, Slowik has had a life-long involvement with the music of Bach, as cellist, harpsichordist and conductor.
Robert Petillo, Evangelist
Christòpheren Nomura, Christus
Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone
In Memoriam: Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, Founder, 1944 – 2016
There are no words to express the grief and sadness we feel at the unexpected passing of our dear friend and leader Dr. J. Reilly Lewis on June 9, 2016.
Not only our founder, conductor, and Artistic Director of the Washington Bach Consort, Reilly was a beloved fixture in DC’s classical music community. An exceptional musician with a passion for baroque music, he became one of the world’s leading specialists on J.S. Bach.
His talents took his performance and conducting career across America as well as throughout Germany and Europe. Despite his travels, he called Washington, DC home for nearly all his life. For that, and for the community of musicians and music lovers he built for us here, we are all thankful.
Founded in 1977 by the late J. Reilly Lewis, the Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries.