When Apollos Fire
performs Bachs St. John Passion this weekend, expect it to sound a little different than it did the last time the orchestra played it seven years ago. Weve really evolved, says director Jeannette Sorrell. Weve spent more time with the music, so weve become freer. Were less tied to the page. Bachs musical account of Jesus Christs last days will be performed in English rather than the traditional German. Yet Sorrell remains faithful to the composers text painting -- moments when the music mimics the literal meaning of the words. [Jesus] is human and very real, she says. To make him entirely divine is not as moving.
Fri., March 30, 8 p.m.