The St. Matthew Passion by Richard Davy

featuring guest soloists:
Owen McIntosh as the Evangelist
Jeffrey Strauss as Jesus

Among the most dramatic musical works from the early Renaissance is the setting of the St. Matthew Passion by the English composer Richard Davy (1465–1538). Preserved incomplete in the Eton Choirbook, it has been reconstructed by Quire’s Artistic Director, Ross Duffin, and the original Latin words replaced by an English translation by William Tyndale, a contemporary of Davy’s at Magdalen College, Oxford. 

The concerts take place on and around Palm Sunday, adding to the observance of Holy Week, which precedes Easter. But whatever yourbackground or beliefs, you will be moved by the expressiveness and beauty of this extraordinary work.

 The performances also include Sheryngham’s Ah Gentle Jesu, an exquisite Easter carol from the same period.

Get in the mood for this program with a visit to Quire’s YouTube channel, for “Qui petis, o fili?” by Davy’s contemporary Richard Pygott, among Quire Cleveland’s 200+ performance videos.

Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 7:30 pm
St. Bernard Catholic Church
44 University Avenue
Downtown Akron
Free admission (no tickets required)

Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 3:00 pm
Historic St. Peter Church
East 17th Street at Superior Avenue
Downtown Cleveland
Free guarded parking

Sunday, April 9, 2017, at 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2747 Fairmount Boulevard
Cleveland Heights
Free parking