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Bach’s Passion Cantatas: A Musician’s Perspective

As part of Lenten and Holy Week observances, many listen to Bach’s St. Matthew or St. John Passion cantatas. If you don’t own recordings, you can easily find them on Spotify or Youtube. Because of this tradition, we thought it might be interesting to get an insider’s perspective, a musician who has played both cantatas. Fiona Hughes is professional baroque violinist who plays in many early music ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society and the Washington Bach Consort. She is also the founder and co-director of Three Notch’d Road. Fiona attends All Saints Anglican Church in Charlottesville, VA. When and where have you played the St. Matthew and St. John Passions? As a violinist, I have performed Bach’s Passions 10-15 times because I specialize in early music of the baroque era.  I have performed the Passions in various locations on the East Coast: Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Oberlin College in Ohio, Staunton Music Festival in Virginia, National Presbyterian in Washington DC, and most recently (yesterday in fact) with the Handel + Haydn Society …