Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is a work filled with enormous conviction. It was written by a deeply religious man who sought to glorify God in his works. It narrates the Passion of Christ according to the Gospel of John and is usually performed during Lent before Easter.
The initiator behind the upcoming performance of this magnificent oratorio is conductor Andres Mustonen who is a world renowned expert of early music and long-standing artistic director of the celebrated Hortus Musicus ensemble, as well as a charismatic violinist and conductor in his own right. Extensive knowledge of the most diverse musical repertoire enables him to find his own key to the interpretation of works from different genres and periods. He will steer the performances of Bach’s St John Passion in Klaipėda and Tallinn, with the participation of Lithuanian and Estonian musicians, including the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, with the complementary wind section, the Tallinn Boys’ Choir and Estonian singers as soloists.
It is going to be an excellent opportunity for collaboration of musicians from the two countries, an opportunity to strike a sensitive chord with the listeners and reflect on the meaning of life. At the same time, this performance will mark 500 years since the Reformation, thereby affirming our commonality, faith, and hope.