“The passion as a music genre achieve prominence in North Germany during the mid-Baroque, though its history extends well back in the Middle Ages, from which time there are examples in plainchant. Bach’s masterpieces are among the last. Individual singers in the St. John Passion take the roles of the characters in the story (Jesus, Pontius Pilate, etc). There is always an angry crowd, the turba judaeorum, urging crucifixion. The evangelist narrates the story. In the Bach passions, the story is told largely in recitative with short interjections by the cours. The aris reflect on the vents that have transpired; the chorales are affirmations of faith from the congregation. What is exceptional about the many chorales is the way bach harmonizes them to cast each text in the atmosphere appropriate to the surrounding drama. Bach wrote these works knowing that he would be able to engage virtuoso instrumentalists for this Easter week performances, such that there is important solo work for gamba, lute, woodwinds, and individual string players.”
A program of American Traditional and Spirituals, as well as James Whitbourn’s Luminosity, written for choir, viola, tanpura, tam-tam, and organ.
Whitbourn’s Luminosity is a multi-media work, commissioned by the conductor James Jordan of Westminster Choir College for the Westminster Williamson Voices, the women of the Westminster Schola Cantorum, the Blair Academy Singers (conducted by William Hammer) and the black-light dance company Archedream, for performance in Philadelphia Cathedral, April, 2008. The text, compiled and edited by the composer, centers on the transcendent beauty of creation expressed by luminaries down the ages. Texts are taken from the writings of St. John, St. Teresa of Avila, Ryonen, St. Augustine, Julian of Norwich, and St. Isaac of Nineveh.
$10 Students and Children, $20 Adults (Assigned Seating)
Joy S. Shinkoskey was the mother of Deborah Pinkerton and mother-in-law to Bret Hewitt. They established an endowment to support noon concerts and musical performances in the UC Davis Department of Music.
Joy S. Shinkoskey (Pinkerton)
Mother of four children, including Deborah Pinkerton, Joy Shinkoskey was in her younger years a model and played the piano which is where she developed her love of music, playing Beethoven piano works in the Spokane Music Festival, 1940, and throughout her life.