Saint John Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach

March 8–11 2024

Saint John Passion

BACH Saint John Passion
300th Anniversary

Matthew Hill, tenor (Evangelista)
Mischa Bouvier, bass-baritone (Christus)
Hélène Brunet, soprano • Agnes Vojtko, contralto
Steven Brennfleck, tenor • Jesse Blumberg, baritone
American Bach Soloists & Cantorei
Jeffrey Thomas, conductor

Saint John Passion

advance discount $39/$56/$77/$101
at the door $44/$61/$82/$106

When & Where

Friday March 8 2024 8:00 p.m.
St. Stephen's Church, 3 Bayview Avenue, Belvedere
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Saturday March 9 2024 7:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
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Sunday March 10 2024 4:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco
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Monday March 11 2024 7:00 p.m.
Davis Community Church, 412 C Street, Davis
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The program will last approximately 2 hours & 30 minutes including one intermission.

About the Music

Celebrate the 300th anniversary of the creation of this masterwork!

The great Passions of J. S. Bach remain unparalleled in their dramatic impact and universally experienced emotional effects. Bach took the genre to new worlds of expression, incorporating new Italianate operatic elements with the Lutheran tradition of sung chorales. The result is a powerful force of rhetoric that tells the Passion story reinforced by personalized illuminations.

This is music that transcends cultural, religious, and theatrical boundaries between performers and audience members, drawing in listeners as historical participants. Maestro Thomas, one of the Baroque music world’s most celebrated Bach specialists, brings his unique and insightful perspectives to the podium in definitive performances that are profoundly beautiful and moving.

About the Artists 

“When I heard the American Bach Soloists perform the St. John Passion in Belvedere Friday, the unashamed earnestness of their presentation was a powerful example of how persuasive and even seductive this music can be when under the care of great performers.” — Jonathan Rhodes Lee, San Francisco Classical Voice

Matthew Hill’s performances of Bach's Evangelist roles was praised by The Washington Post for “deliver[ing] the Gospel texts with agile conviction,” and the Washington Classical Review applauded his "clarion high notes placed with unfailing precision."

Conductor Jeffrey Thomas is “unsurpassable as a Bach interpreter”... “Thomas' direction seems just right, capturing the humanity of the music... there is no higher praise for Bach performance” — Fanfare

Learn More about the Music

45 minutes prior to these performances, ticket holders can enjoy a free and informative lecture given by an ABS musician. 


P.O. Box 421986
San Francisco CA 94142


Phone: +1 (415) 621 7900 
Fax: +1 (415) 621 7920