Toccata to perform passion of St. Matthew: Classical ensemble returns to South Shore |

Toccata to perform passion of St. Matthew: Classical ensemble returns to South Shore

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The Reno-Tahoe community can add a new tradition to its Easter season – Bach’s “St. Matthew” Passion, which has left audiences in awe for 260 years.

Toccata will perform the masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at St. Theresa Catholic Church as a preface to the Easter season.

The Passion story begins with Jesus’ arrest in the garden of Gethsemane. Pontius Pilate, the high priest, Peter, Pilate’s wife, and witnesses and accusers all relate their part in the Passion story in addition to the Evangelist, a narrator who uses words verbatim from the Gospel of Matthew. Soloists offer exquisite meditations on the most poignant of these events. The performance ends with the laments of Mary, Mary Magdalene and the followers of Jesus mourning his death as he is laid in the borrowed tomb. The English text will be used.

Vocal soloists include sopranos Olivia Hakel, Joy Strotz and Anna Helwing, along with baritone Stuart Duke. John Hall interprets the role of Pontius Pilate, and Darrell Moore the high priest. The Toccata orchestra features Vanessa Porter as concertmaster, David Brock, Colombe Tresan and Ben Wallack on continuo, and Toni Healy and Marianne Maytan on obbligato solo flute and oboe.

General admission is $15 for adults, seniors $12, and $5 for students with valid ID. Reserved seating is $25 per person. Children 7-11 get in free with a paying adult. The Carol F. Buck Foundation and Thorny Point Foundation support all performances.

There will be an encore at 7:30 p.m. Good Friday in St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Incline Village and on March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in South Reno United Methodist Church off the Mount Rose Highway. Maestro James Rawie will conduct all performances.

For more information or reserved seating, call (775) 267-1720 or visit

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