Bach’s St. John Passion
Sacrifice and Redemption

Crucifixion of Jesus

Sunday, October 1, 2023 at 4:00 P.M.

National Presbyterian Church
Washington, DC

Johann Sebastian Bach
Johannes-Passion (1749 version), BWV 245


Guy Cutting

Gene Stenger

Jonathon Adams

Jonathon Adams

Enrico Lagasca

Enrico Lagasca

Elijah McCormack

Elijah McCormack

Paul Max Tipton

Reginald Mobley

Jacob Perry, Jr.

Jacob Perry Jr.


ddFew works evoke the dramatic intensity and impact of Bach’s Johannes-Passion, highlighting the extremes of human emotion and experience. Bach reveals his profound spirituality through powerful musical depictions of the passion drama, offering the listener some of the greatest moments to be found in his entire output. Bach brings the themes of betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption straight to the heart, placing the listener at the center of the drama. The Washington Bach Consort welcomes “impressive tenor” (The New York Times) Gene Stenger, who narrates the story in the role of the “Evangelist.”

Gene Stenger, Evangelist
Jonathon Adams, Christus
Enrico Lagasca, Pilate
Elijah McCormack, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Jacob Perry Jr., tenor

Read the Program Notes

Running time: approximately 180 minutes including intermission

Bach and Antisemitism: A Panel Discussion:  The panel comprised both Jewish and Lutheran faith leaders familiar with Bach as well as leading historians, antisemitism scholars, musicologists, and performers. Watch on YouTube

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Tamera Luzzatto and The Honorable & Mrs. John D. Rockefeller IV, underwriters


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