By Phyllis Hamo

As the Lenten Season of 2016 crescendos, the Lark Musical Society, in partnership with the Armenian Missionary Association of America, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the direction of Maestro Vatsche Barsoumian on Sunday, March 13, at the Glendale Methodist Church in Glendale, 401 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA.

Maestro Barsoumian, in this major endeavor, will lead two choirs, two orchestras, a children’s choir, and featured soloists, hand picked by the Maestro, to perform in the church’s magnificent sanctuary. St Matthew Passion, set on the passion story described in the Gospel of Matthew (chapters 26 and 27) is the second of two Passion settings by Bach (the first being St. John Passion) that have survived in their entirety, and was first performed nearly 300 years ago in Leipzig, Germany on Good Friday, April 11, 1727. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music. Translations will be shown, and a Lenten meal will be provided at intermission.

Tickets can be purchased at www.itsmyseat.com/lark and information may be obtained by calling the Lark office at 818-500-9997. Sponsors, at $250, $500, $1,000, $2500, $5,000, and $10,000 levels, will receive complimentary tickets and preferred seating. General seating is available at $50.

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