Ex­pe­ri­ence the pas­sion

New Trin­ity Baroque to per­form “Saint John’s Pas­sion”

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Jenny Thompson

The New Trin­ity Baroque Orches­tra and Choir will per­form Bach’s “ Saint John’s Pas­sion ” at 3 p. m. Sun­day at Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church.

Ac­cord­ing to the ensem­ble’s Web site, the group spe­cial­izes in play­ing 17th and 18th cen­tury in­stru­ments and the mu­sic of the pe­riod.

“ We’ve had one other baroque orches­tra come, the At­lanta Baroque Orches­tra, and they were very well re­ceived,” said Ric Chi­a­petta, artis­tic di­rec­tor for the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County.

Chi­a­petta said the tim­ing of the con­cert is per­fect.

“ Bach wrote th­ese pas­sions to be per­formed dur­ing Lent,” Chi­a­petta said.

Lent is the 40- day pe­riod be­tween Ash Wed­nes­day and Easter — of­ten ob­served as a time of fast­ing, sac­ri­fice and pen­i­tence by many Chris­tian de­nom­i­na­tions.

“ This con­cert pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity be­cause it’s not a piece that is per­formed very of­ten,” Chi­a­petta said.

He added Bach’s Saint Matthew’s Pas­sion — while a more pop­u­lar piece — is al­most three hours long, where Saint John’s is about an hour and a half.

Chi­a­petta de­fined the baroque style for those who may not be familiar with the mu­sic of Bach, Han­del, Vi­valdi, Tele­mann, Mon­teverdi or Bux­te­hude.

“ The baroque style was a very or­nate and flowery style,” Chi­a­petta said. “ Mu­sic was be­com­ing much more melodic at the time af­ter the Re­nais­sance pe­riod.”

He said in “ Saint John’s” Bach makes tremen­dous use of the fugue and many flour- ishes in­clud­ing chorales which the en­tire con­gre­ga­tion would have sung.

The high baroque pe­riod lead to the ro­coco pe­riod, which was even more elab­o­rate than the most em­bel­lished baroque pe­riod works, ac­cord­ing to Chi­a­petta.

This year marks New Trin­ity Baroque’s ninth con­cert sea­son in At­lanta. The ensem­ble was orig­i­nally formed in 1998 in Lon­don by Ser­bian- born Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Pre­drag Gosta.

Since 1998, the ensem­ble has per­formed in New York, Bos­ton, Lon­don and Bel­grade and be­come known as one of the best early mu­sic orches­tras in the United States.

New Trin­ity Baroque has served as the ensem­ble- in­res­i­dence at Ox­ford Col­lege of Emory Univer­sity since 2004.

Chi­a­petta said the “ Saint John’s Pas­sion” con­cert should ap­peal to a broad au­di­ence.

“ This con­cert would ap­peal to all choral and or­ches­tral fanciers,” Chi­a­petta said. “ It’s also a won­der­ful way to cel­e­brate the sea­son of Lent.”

To pur­chase tick­ets, visit www. new­ton­count­yarts. org, call ( 770) 786- 8188 or stop by the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion of­fice on Wash­ing­ton Street just off of the Square.

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Divine mu­sic: The New Trin­ity Baroque Orches­tra and Choir will per­form Bach’s “Saint John’s Pas­sion ” at 3 p.m. Sun­day at Allen Me­mo­rial United Methodist Church.

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