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Masaaki Suzuki and Bach’s St John Passion

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach’s St John Passion

Maison symphonique de Montréal



A peerless specialist of the music of Bach, Masaaki Suzuki joins the OSM to conduct the stirring St John Passion. In the hands of the composer, the sacred text is transformed through the music’s accentuation of its tragic character. The Evangelist’s account, suffused with an ardent expressivity, is the common thread of a drama interspersed with contemplative arias. The meditative chorales entrusted to the choir provide the work with its structure, imparting it with a timeless, universal dimension.


Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Werner Güra, tenor
Mauro Peter, tenor
Bernhard Hansky, bass
Chœur de l’OSM
Andrew Megill, OSM chorusmaster

The chorusmaster chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving memory of Barry Drummond Birks.


J.S. Bach, St John Passion, BWV 245 (114 min.)

*There will be an intermission after the first part.


Starting at (taxes not included)

Regular price: $35*
34 years and under: $34*
17 years and under: $25*

Wednesday, March 27 – 7:30 p.m.

Price code B

Thursday, March 28 – 7:30 p.m.

Price code B



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Set off on an exploration of works that have triumphed through the ages and continue to move and inspire. From Bach to Beethoven, from Mozart to Fauré, this is the ideal bundle for musical devotees of the timeless and universal.

This concert is part of the Tradition Bundle



Arrive early to the concert to make your experience last. Ticket holders welcome!

Pre-concert recital on March 27 and 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Musician: Abraham Ross, organ

Programme :
J. S. Bach, Prelude in B minor BWV 544
Widor, Bach’s Memento (excerpt) No. 6, Mattheus-Final (Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder) (after Bach)
J. S. Bach, Komm, süßer Tod BWV 478 [Come, sweet death] (arr. Virgil Fox)
Ethel Smyth, O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid [O sadness, O heatache]
J. S. Bach, Fugue in B minor BWV 544

Duration: 30 minutes



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A tax receipt is issued by the OSM for all donations of $25 or more. For any amount under $25, a receipt will be issued upon request.

*Taxes not included. Prices, artists, repertoire, and concert dates and times may be modified without notice. Prices include a non-refundable service fee of $12.00 per ticket. Some handling fees may be charged. See all terms and conditions.

This presentation is made possible thanks to the Gouvernement du Québec program Plan de relance économique du milieu culturel.