Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra to perform 'Bach's Passion' March 15

  • Music Director and donductor Stephen Alltop will lead the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and Apollo Chorus of Chicago in performing the dramatic J.S. Bach's "Passion According to St. John" on Sunday, March 15.

    Music Director and donductor Stephen Alltop will lead the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and Apollo Chorus of Chicago in performing the dramatic J.S. Bach's "Passion According to St. John" on Sunday, March 15. Courtesy of Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

 
Submitted by Linda Lyman
Updated 2/28/2020 11:50 PM

On Sunday, March 15, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and a stellar cast of soloists, under the baton of music director and conductor Stephen Alltop, will join forces in performing Johann Sebastian Bach's "Passion According to St. John," one of the most dramatic and moving sacred pieces ever composed.

"With the combined power of the ESO and the Apollo Chorus, along with five distinguished soloists from the world of opera, our listeners will hear a performance of utmost passion and musical excellence," Alltop said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The orchestra and chorus will be joined by soprano Bahareh Poureslami, countertenor Ryan Belongie, tenor Steven Soph (the Evangelist), tenor Ryan Townsend Strand and bass Kyle Jensen, to create an unforgettable afternoon of music-making.

The concert, a highlight of the 2019-20 season, begins at 3 p.m at the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's home venue, Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst.

The soloists' appearances are underwritten by a generous gift from ­­­­Keith and Irmgard Olson.

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is located at 149 W. Brush Hill Road. The church has accessible parking and facilities; parking is free. The concert experience at ECRC is enhanced by the informative and lively discussion, "Behind the Music Stand," led by audience favorite Ted Hatmaker, which takes place at 1:45 p.m. prior to the concert.

Concert tickets can be purchased at www.elmhurstsymphony.org or by calling the box office at (630) 941-0202. Tickets are $38, $35 for seniors, and $12 for students. Groups of 10 or more are $28 per person, and family rates (up to two adults and three children) are $90. For more information, call the box office.

The 59th season of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra is made possible in part by grants from the City of Elmhurst, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and 90.9FM WDCB, Chicago's Home for Jazz.