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Our project is to present the rarely performed Bach St. Matthew Passion in German at Stanford Memorial Church.
Our project is to present the rarely performed Bach St. Matthew Passion in German at Stanford Memorial Church.
76 backers pledged $5,995 to help bring this project to life.

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Your pledge in any amount from $10 to $1000 will enable us to offer Bach's monumental masterpiece free of charge for nearly a thousand audience members to experience live and locally in their own community.

Watch the moving interview with Gregory Wait who talks about what conducting the St. Matthew Passion means to him as he approaches his 25th year with Schola Cantorum after a lifetime dedicated to choral art .

THE ST. MATTHEW PASSION PROJECT 

Schola Cantorum in collaboration with Stanford University Office for Religious Life is pleased to announce the St. Matthew Passion Project. It’s an endeavor to present one of the greatest accomplishments of human kind, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, in its original German. The Schola Cantorum St. Matthew Passion Project brings together a double orchestra and double choir, including 100 Schola Cantorum choristers, six professional soloists, and Julia Simon's Silicon Valley Boychoir -- all under the music direction of Schola Cantorum's incomparable Maestro Gregory Wait. Our partnership with Stanford’s Office for Religious Life will allow us to present our performance of the St. Matthew Passion free of charge in the remarkable surroundings of Stanford Memorial Church a week before Good Friday on March 22, 2013.

Please check out our rewards and make a pledge—even if you cannot be with us in March, please take the time to help support our creative endeavors and bring Bach’s masterpiece to life. Join us through your donation as we share the beauty and power of the Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Thank you.

WHO WE ARE

Schola Cantorum is an auditioned 90-voice chorus, under the baton of Gregory Wait. Founded in 1964 by the late Royal Stanton, we present dynamic performances of choral masterpieces, new works by major composers and music from a wide variety of cultural traditions.

But beyond our traditional concert season, Schola Cantorum turns the audience into a choir with its series of participative Summer Sings and annual Messiah Sing. Schola Cantorum takes small groups of Schola singers into schools, senior centers, parks and museums with enriching educational programs and participative sing-alongs. Schola Cantorum is proud to offer three great ways to provide thousands of community members each year the opportunity to actively participate in the joy of singing.

Q & A

Where and when is the St. Matthew Passion performance taking place?

The Schola Cantorum St. Matthew Passion takes place on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Stanford Memorial Church on Palm Drive, Stanford University. The performance starts at 7 PM and will have one intermission.

Will it be sung in German?

Yes. According to Gregory Wait, the original language is so tightly and beautifully fit to the music that much would be lost to hear it translated into English.  A printed program with lyrics will be provided to the audience.

Who are the soloists?

Brian Thorsett http://www.sfbach.org/brian-thorsett
Kenneth Goodson http://soe.stanford.edu/research/goodson.htm
Malin Walrod http://www.barrettvantage.com/artist.php?id=mfritz&aview=bio
Christine Abraham http://www.barrettvantage.com/artist.php?id=cabraham
Jeffrey Fields http://www.bachfestival.org/P-Jeffrey_Fields_153.htm
Michael Desnoyers http://operafrontier.org/desnoyers.html

How can I get tickets to the performance? 

Tickets are free and may be obtained in advance by contacting Schola Cantorum at info@scholacantorum.org or directly through the Stanford Ticket Office. To contact the Stanford Ticket office please call (650)725-2787 or visit http://www.stanford.edu/group/tickets/

Can I get tickets at the door?

Tickets will also be available at the door while supply lasts.  Check Schola Cantorum's web site at www.scholacantorum.org to get the latest report on the number of tickets still available at the door for the performance.

Will there be reserved front section seating?

Yes, there will be reserved front section seating for Schola Cantorum season subscribers and patrons who receive their tickets as a reward for making a Kickstarter pledge.  All other tickets are general admission for which seating is first come, first served.

How did you make this Kickstarter campaign?

A big thank you to Natalie Shell and James Cameron for their incredible help in designing and developing this campaign and video.

Risks and challenges

Schola Cantorum's full cost to present the St. Matthew Passion reaches nearly $70,000. We expect to receive funding from a variety of sources to help achieve our goal. The funds will address the direct artistic costs of performing the St. Matthew Passion as well as administrative costs. Our Kickstarter campaign acts as one of several essential sources of funding. We have set our Kickstarter goal at $5,500, something we believe is definitely achievable. We hope, with your timely support, that we may exceed our Kickstarter goal in order to produce a performance of the highest caliber.

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    A shout out on our Facebook page & a credit in our printed concert program plus good karma sent your way! Plus one general admission ticket (guaranteeing a seat at the concert).

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    OPTION 1 ($25 or more): Two general admission tickets (guaranteeing 2 general seats) at the concert and a CD by Schola Cantorum, "A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten," the only commercially available recording in SATB. With Dan Levitan on Harp, Julie Ness as soprano, and Wendy Hillhouse as Mezzo-Soprano, recorded in Stanford's Memorial Church.

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    OPTION 2 ($25 or more): Two general admission tickets (guaranteeing 2 general seats) at the concert and a CD by Schola Cantorum, "An Evening with Jester Hairston." The recording is vintage Schola, with Royal Stanton, the founding director, conducting Hairston's arrangements of much-loved spirituals. Perfect for collectors!

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    2 VIP tickets (reserving 2 front section seats) to the concert and a souvenir program booklet, signed by Maestro Gregory Wait, mailed to you. (Plus all of the above--you can indicate your CD preference later.)

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    "Meet and Greet" with our soloists after the concert and regular updates with photos and rehearsal footage sent electronically to you -- perfect for out of town backers. (Plus all of the above.)

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    Invitation for you and a guest to attend a Lunch and Concert Preview Talk with Gregory Wait and a few of our concert soloists on March 16 at Hidden Villa. (Plus all of the above.)

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    Private pre-concert reception in the Memorial Church Round Room and the opportunity to be named a PRODUCER of the concert. (Plus all of the above.)

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    A private mini-recital of arias from the St. Matthew Passion performed by members of Schola Cantorum and the opportunity to be named an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of the concert. (Plus all of the above.)

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