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Performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on July 1 will highlight 40th Annual Baroque Performance Institute

OBERLIN, OHIO (June 23, 2011) —Celebrating its 40th year, the Baroque Performance Institute (BPI) at Oberlin will offer a public performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 on Friday, July 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Warner Concert Hall (77 W. College Street) on the Oberlin College campus. All tickets are $10 at the door. St. Matthew Passion, first performed in 1727, features historical instruments such as the transverse flute, the oboe d’amore, and the viola de gamba.

            The nine vocalists include sopranos Ellen Hargis and Oberlin Assistant Professor of Singing Kendra Colton, alto Jennifer Lane, countertenor Ian Howell, tenors Thomas Cooley and Derek Chester, baritones Max van Egmond and William Sharp, and bass Dashon Burton. The similarly small-scale orchestra will include a few carefully chosen students in addition to BPI faculty and guests. Kenneth Slowik, Artistic Director of BPI, will conduct the orchestra, which features Oberlin faculty members Michael Lynn (flute), Marilyn McDonald (violin), Catharina Meints (viola de gamba) and Webb Wiggins (harpsichord), who also comprise the core faculty of the institute.

            BPI, America's premiere summer workshop for baroque instruments and voice, is a two-week-long event (being held June 19 – July 3) that unites musicians from all over the world with Oberlin faculty members. Focused this year on the work of J.S. Bach, BPI serves as a unique educational opportunity for participating musicians. Intensive instruction if offered in a baroque instrument, in addition to voice, choral conducting, and ornamentation, master classes, lectures, and concerts.

            In addition, the institute will also sponsor student showcase concerts on Saturdays, June 25 and July 2 in Kulas Recital Hall (77 W. College Street) from 2 to 6 p.m. These concerts are free and the public is invited to stay for a portion or the entire time.  Faculty fringe recitals, combining performance and lecture, will be held daily Monday through Thursday at 1:45 p.m. in Kulas Recital Hall and are free as well.