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    Arizona Choir performs Palm Sunday

    The Arizona Choir will perform Baroque Palms to Passion at 7 p.m. on April 5 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

    The program will feature Baroque pieces composed specifically for Palm Sunday.

    “”The first piece on the program is a Bach cantata,”” said Bruce Chamberlain, conductor of the Arizona Choir, professor of music, and director of choral activities. “”The second piece on the program is the ‘St. John Passion’ that was composed by Heinrich Schultz.””

    “”All of the repertoire is designed for a particular day and we are performing it on that exact day. And it is a wonderful kind of account of holy week in a way,”” he said. “”The Bach cantata is sort of up and festive music about the arrival of Jesus in the ancient city on Palm Sunday. The “”St. John Passion”” is liturgically performed on Palm Sunday and is the account of the last days of Christ’s life and his martyrdom and crucifixion on Good Friday.””

    Together, both pieces feature Holy Week, and together, the pieces span the whole Baroque era.

    “”Bach is a late Baroque composer; his dates are 1684-1750,”” Chamberlain said. “”Schutz is a very early Baroque composer; his dates are 1585-1681.””

    Chamberlain believes that the concert will offer entertainment to all.

    “”It is absolutely spectacular music and very dramatic,”” he said.

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