Pärt’s Passio: music for a contemplative summer night June 28th

  • May 21, 2015

The story is traditional: the Gospel According to St. John. But the approach is ethereal, profound, and, ultimately, captivating: Passio, music for voices and a string quintet by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

The music isn’t the only thing that will create a special atmosphere for this later-evening concert, which starts at 9 pm on Sunday, June 28 and takes place without intermission. Audiences will enter at dusk and leave after night falls, in a way mirroring Jesus’ journey into a dark night of the soul.

Among the most revered of contemporary composers, Pärt is known for the mystic, meditative, and near-hypnotic quality of his music. And he has a connection to the Oregon Bach Festival. He was commissioned to compose the choral work Litany for the Festival’s 25th anniversary in 1994, a Festival he attended as composer in residence for the dramatic world premiere.

For Passio, Grammy-winning conductor Craig Hella Johnson leads the OBF Berwick Chorus and soloists Joanne Lunn, soprano; Dann Coakwell and Thomas Cooley, tenor; Tyler Duncan, baritone; and Nathan Berg, bass.

Prepare to be transfixed by this alluring interpretation of a timeless biblical story.


Order tickets online or call 541-682-5000. There is also a pre-concert lecture, click here for more info.