Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Philadelphia Orchestra to perform the St. Matthew Passion
The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the St. Matthew Passion three times during Easter week. They've brought in a stage director named James Alexander to add some lighting and movement. He spoke to me on March 15 by phone from Glasgow, and the resulting article may be read here. I have little to add, except that Mr. Alexander was a very, very nice guy. At the beginning of our talk, I apologized in advance for my presumption and I asked him what the music of Bach would gain from a staging. "Oh, no, it's not presumptuous," he replied. "It's a very good question." We were friends after that. I am planning to attend the Good Friday performance.