UST Hosts 'The Passion According to St. John' Saturday, March 24

The Bach Society of Minnesota will perform "The Passion According to St. John," a masterwork for the Lenten season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at St. Mary's Chapel of the St. Paul Seminary. Students, staff and faculty, and the public are invited to attend and experience one of Bach’s greatest works that "plumbs the depths of its emotion and meaning."

In addition to presenting the performance, a pre-performance dinner hosted by Union Theological Seminary will feature a lecture by Clyde Steckel, emeritus professor of theology, on the meaning of Bach's Passion in our time. Tickets for both the concert and the pre-concert dinner can be purchased on the Bach Society website.


  • $25 for adults
  • $20 for seniors (65 and older)
  • $10 for students
  • $30 for preperformance dinner (reservations required; deadline March 18)

The Bach Society, formed in 1932, is a vibrant organization that engages communities in performances and partnerships inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. It "brings its skilled musicianship, clear understanding of Bach and the Baroque period, and a sense of drama and purpose to communicate the intricate musical meanings."

Bach Society board member Sarah Schmalenberger (UST Department of Music), is donating two adult-rate tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance for two individuals interested in attending the performance who have not attended a Bach Society event before; email her at

The St. Paul Seminary is located at 2260 Summit Ave., St. Paul.


  • William Hite, Evangelist
  • Bradley Greenwald, Jesus
  • Scott Sandersfeld, Pilate
  • Paul Boehnke, director
  • Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano
  • Nicole Warner, alto
  • Roy Heilman, tenor
  • Aaron Larson, bass

Pre-Passion dinner

The pre-Passion dinner and program will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Binz Refectory. (Program at 6:45 p.m.)

Hosted by Union Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities enjoy prime parking opportunities, preferential concert seating, a chance to socialize with friends of Bach, and a fascinating presentation by Clyde Steckel, emeritus professor of theology. Steckel will offer engaging historical, spiritual, and human insights on Bach and the Passion, and what it means for our time.


  • Turkey breast with herb dressing
  • Hearts of Romaine salad
  • Roasted Yukon gold potatoes with herbs
  • Grilled asparagus