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St. Matthew Passion: Part Two

[Yesterday I started to share Carl Crosier’s 2008 article from Cross Accent, the journal of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, “A Personal Journey to the Bach Passions.” Here’s the second part.] “Although the St. Matthew Passion had been presented … Continue reading

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St. Matthew Passion: a personal journey

A couple of things converged in my universe today. The first is that former LCH chorister Mark Boyle shared on Facebook that he was asked to talk about Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. As he says, he is slightly obsessed with … Continue reading

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Bach to the end

You’ve probably heard that hearing is the last sense to lose before dying, and hospice nurses encourage you to talk to the person even though they cannot respond. When my mother had a stroke three years ago and was in … Continue reading

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Superb performance at Benaroya Hall

We are in Seattle mostly to visit family and friends, and were very excited to learn that we would be able to attend the performances of both Bach Passions (St. Matthew and St. John) on subsequent weekends. According to the program notes, … Continue reading

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Getting ready for Bach

No, this time we’re not getting ready to perform Bach, this week we are getting ready to listen to Bach. Carl and I are in the Pacific Northwest visiting family and friends and have been listening to Gustav Leonhardt‘s recording … Continue reading

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Whatever did we do… ?

without smartphones and the Internet? Eric Doescher, whom I wrote about in the last post, reminded me of the summer of 1999 when Carl Crosier attended Dennis Keane’s workshop on Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in preparation for the Honolulu performances. … Continue reading

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Music education through performance

Over the years, many LCH children have been involved in the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus to further their music education. Naomi Castro, Karyn Castro, Marisa Castello, Elizabeth Pearson, and Joseph Pearson are some of the names which come to mind. … Continue reading

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Requiescat in pace

We recently received word that Richard Knobel died on July 15th, and although many of you may not have known him, he did come to LCH frequently. When I knew him, he worked for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and invited … Continue reading

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A surprising performance

What would Bach do? That was my reaction to last night’s concert—the Bach Collegium Japan’s performance of the St. Matthew Passion. Even though I’m afraid I was left with more questions than answers, this performance was certainly memorable. The fact … Continue reading

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Gustav Leonhardt, early music pioneer

Today after church, one of our ushers, Chuck Pearson, handed me the obituary of Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012), as he thought I might be interested in it. Little did he know that Leonhardt had an indirect influence on the LCH music … Continue reading

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