Critic’s Choice

February 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

Martin Pearlman will lead Boston Baroque in Bach’s St. John Passion in two performances this weekend at Jordan Hall.

The work will feature a star-studded lineup of singers. Tenor John Mark Ainsley, who is renowned for his performances as the Evangelist, makes his Boston Baroque debut in the role. Joining him will be tenor Nicholas Phan, soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Christopher Lowrey, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and baritone Andrew Garland, who will sing the role of Jesus.

Though it is filled with timeless music, for some Bach’s St. John Passion remains steeped in controversy. Prior to the concert, WBUR’s Christopher Lydon will host a discussion about the charge of anti-Semitism associated with the work that will include Pearlman, philosopher James Bernauer, religion scholar Deeana Klepper, and musicologist Robert Marshall.

Boston Baroque will perform Bach’s St. John Passion 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Jordan Hall.

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