Activities & off-campus events

Choral Society Spring Concert

Sunday, April 30, 2017

7:30 PM

St. Olaf Catholic Church, 215 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

This spring, join the St. Catherine Choral Society as they perform the impressive St. John Passion, composed by one of the greatest icons of classical music: Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach's St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion are settings he penned of scripture passages recounting Christ's Passion and death, as well as two of his most comprehensive, complex, and famous works. Produced for the first time in 1723, the St. John reinforced an ancient custom of singing the Passion story, with one voice chanting the Gospel narrative and other voices representing the protagonists of the drama.

"Because of the relatively large number of excellent soloists needed, the complexity of the choruses, and the sheer length of the works, the two Passions are performed relatively infrequently," says conductor Patricia C. Connors. "It's a big deal to mount the work!"

The St. John was originally written in Bach's native German. Notably, the Choral Society will perform the St. John in English for performer and audience understanding.

Soloists and performers include:

  • William Pederson, tenor – Evangelist
  • Jon Nordstrom, bass – Jesus
  • Kristie Tigges, soprano
  • Angela Keeton, mezzo soprano
  • Benjamin Dutcher, tenor
  • Seth Keeton, bass

About the Choral Society

The 70-voice St. Catherine Choral Society is a community masterworks choir sponsored by St. Catherine University. Founded in 1993, the choir has gained a reputation for their artistry and joy in performing. Men and women from across the metro area, as well as St. Catherine students, faculty, staff and alumnae comprise the choir.


The Choral Society will perform at St. Olaf Catholic Church (215 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis, MN).


  • $15 – General admission
  • $10 – St. Kate's alumnae, senior citizens, non-St. Kate's students
  • Free – With St. Kate's ID

Questions? Contact Patricia C. Connors at or (651) 690-6688.

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