2018/2019 season

The Bach Institute presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”

Valparaiso University Chorale
Valparaiso University Bach Choir
Fort Wayne Children’s Concert Treble Choir (Valparaiso and Grand Rapids)
Valparaiso University Bach Orchestra
Leipzig Baroque Orchestra

Christopher M. Cock, conductor

Featured Soloists:
Maura Janton Cock, soprano (Valparaiso)
Nathalie Colas, soprano (Grand Rapids and St. Louis)
Tracy Watson, mezzo-soprano
Gregorio Taniguchi, tenor
Daniel Eifert, bass
David Govertsen, bass

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University
Special event pricing: $40 Preferred seating, $25 Adult, $20 Senior, $10 Non- Valparaiso University Student, Valparaiso University Students, Faculty and Staff free

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Grand Rapids, MI

Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. (CST) — CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER
St. Louis, MO


Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose, to present the Passion story in music during Good Friday vespers services. The first performance was at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig in 1727, and this work is widely recognized as one of greatest pieces of Western music, with an interlocking of voices and instruments that creates an emotional connection into this dramatic journey. Bach built his Passion from choruses both small and large, and arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the principal storyteller, moving the drama along throughout. Supporting Bach’s massive structure are three grand choruses — at the beginning, middle and end — standing as tall pillars, holding up the surrounding music. The performance will feature the internationally acclaimed Valparaiso University Chorale and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra, the Valparaiso University Bach Orchestra and Choir, and the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir. The performance will be directed by Christopher M. Cock, Director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University and conductor of the Valparaiso University Chorale.


Performing the Major Works

One of the goals of the Bach Institute is to perform the major works of Johann Sebastian Bach on a triennial basis. These events bring to campus some of the world’s pre-eminent Bach experts as performers and conductors.

Past Triennial Performances
  • 2004: Inaugural Performance: “Mass in B minor” (Helmuth Rilling, Guest Conductor)
  • 2007: Triennial Performance: “St. John Passion” (Craig Jessop, Guest Conductor)
  • 2010: Triennial Performance: “St. Matthew Passion” (Hermann Max, Guest Conductor)
  • 2013: Triennial Performance: “Mass in B minor” (Christopher M. Cock, conductor)
  • 2016: Triennial Performance: “St. John Passion” (Christopher M. Cock, conductor)

The Bach Institute has hosted performances by guest ensembles such as the Bach Collegium Japan, the Dresden Kreuzchor and the Thomanerchor (Leipzig).

Additional Works Performed

  • Christmas Oratorio
  • Messiah (G. F. Handel)
  • Magnificat
  • Gloria (A. Vivaldi)
  • Brandenburg Concertos
Cantata Performances

The Bach Institute held the Midwest Premiere for BMV 1127, the aria Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn’ ihn (Everything with God and nothing without him). Additional performances include: BWV 150, 131, 15, 71, 61, 63, 12, 22, 23, 75, 76, 182.

The Box Office

Unless otherwise noted, tickets for regular season shows are:

  • $15 for adults
  • $10 for seniors and non-Valpo students
  • Free to Valpo students, faculty, and staff (one ticket per ID)

To purchase tickets, call 219.464.5162 or visit the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts administrative suite. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and one hour before each ticketed performance.

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