Bagaduce Chorale Conductor Bronwyn Kortge. BAGADUCE CHORALE PHOTO

For the love of Bach

BLUE HILL — Bach’s remarkable oratorio St. Matthew Passion, composed for the Good Friday service at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, in 1729, will be the Bagaduce Chorale’s featured work at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at the Ellsworth High School auditorium.

The performances will complete the chorale’s two-year Gaining Expertise thru Mentoring (GEM) project in which student players have rehearsed and performed with and been mentored by professional musicians in the GEM Orchestra. Over the past two years, the orchestra has accompanied the chorale in its performances of choral masterworks by Mozart, Poulenc, Hayden, Karl Jenkins and John Rutter.

Conducted by Bronwyn Kortge, the chorale’s upcoming performances of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion will feature the GEM Orchestra as well as a children’s chorus and soloists Katelyn Parker Bray, soprano; Isaac Bray, baritone; Frank Bachman, tenor; and Colin Graebert on keyboards. Anatole Wieck will serve as concert master.

In related news last week, the chorale announced that it had received a $5,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to help support the ongoing GEM project.

For the chorale’s May 10-12 spring concert, tickets cost $20 per person and admission is free for students, but they need tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Blue Hill Public Library, Sherman’s Books & Stationery, the Southwest Harbor Public Library and Flexit Café & Bakery at 192 Main St. in Ellsworth.

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