The Adult and Youth Choirs of St. Andrew Lutheran Church (908 Murfreesboro Road • Franklin, TN) will present The St. John Passion, a choral masterwork by J. S. Bach recounting Christ’s betrayal, trials and crucifixion, at 3 p.m. on Passion Sunday, April 14.
The work will feature the vocal talents of two professional singers, tenor Drake Dantzler and baritone John Kramar.
Dantzler will sing the role of The Evangelist, a biblical narrator who propels the actions of the principal characters.
Coming from Rochester, Michigan, and on the voice faculty of Oakland University, Dantzler has gained national recognition on stage and as a recitalist. Dantzler was hailed in Opera News as “a real find: he has a voice of molten silver, immaculate musicianship and an expressive stage persona.”
John Kramar, from Greenville, North Carolina, has sung major operatic roles across the country and is currently on the voice faculty of East Carolina University, the New York State Summer School of the Arts, and the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He joins the St. Andrew Adult and Youth Choirs for this service singing the role of Jesus.
The 40-voice choir will be accompanied by a 17-piece baroque chamber orchestra of local musicians, conducted by Brian T. Russell, Director of Music at St. Andrew and Music Director of the Ethos Youth Ensembles.
“Bach’s St. John Passion is a work full of dramatic excitement, spiritual introspection, and devotional fervor,” Dr. Russell says. “Bach’s choral writing is thrilling, with exciting choruses portraying the gathered crowds and Pharisees, reflective solo arias commenting on the action, and hymn-like chorales offering moments of reflection. We hope to present this choral masterwork as our gift to the community, offering the best of our talents together with one of the most beautiful pieces of sacred music ever written. All are welcome!”
The service is free and open to the public with seating beginning at 2:30 p.m. Visit www.SaintAndrewChurch.com for more information.