St. John Passion

June 4 at 7:30pm
Charleston Gaillard Center

Music lovers everywhere adopt a hallowed expression at the mere mention of Johann Sebastian Bach. Few composers earned as many accolades as this church musician, and you’ll quickly see why at the Festival’s performance of the St. John Passion.

This oratorio—a storytelling genre for choir, soloists, and orchestra, like opera but without costumes or staging—recounts events in Jesus’s life in the days leading up to his crucifixion. Bach’s music plumbs the depths of the soul, especially when delivered by the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra and the pristine voices of the Westminster Choir and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

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Path of Miracles

May 27 at 7:30pm and May 31 at 8:00pm
Charleston Gaillard Center

Like Bach, composer Joby Talbot also turned to spiritual fare when he wrote Path of Miracles. This mystical work takes inspiration from the Camino de Santiago—a meditative pathway across northern Spain, walked by pilgrims for more than 1,200 years. Talbot’s composition includes 17 different voice parts delivered by the illustrious Westminster Choir.

Unlike the St. John Passion, this work is staged and incorporates visual cues to immerse you in a journey. Director John La Bouchardière (El Niño, 2014) combines visions of the milky way—a guiding element for many travelers on this epic quest—and angelic Renaissance imagery to create an unforgettable experience. This ethereal expedition beckons; answer it!

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For another opportunity to hear the Westminster Choir’s “shimmering, sonic alchemy” (The Post and Courier), grab a ticket to their performances at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (June 1 and June 7).