St. Luke Passion performance & ticket information

Amsterdam (World Premiere)

Friday, March 15, 2014

2:15 p.m.

Netherlands Radio Choir

Nationaal Jeugdkoor

Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

Markus Stenz, conductor

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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Durham, North Carolina (U.S. premiere)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Orchestra Pro Cantores

Durham Children’s Choir

Duke Chapel Choir

Rodney Wynkoop, conductor

Duke University Chapel

Durham, North Carolina

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World Premiere of James MacMillan's St. Luke Passion

James MacMillan

James MacMillan’s new hour-long setting of the St Luke Passion has been many years in the making. Soli Deo Gloria is a co-sponsor of the commission, along with  the Concertgebouw / Zaterday Matinee series, Duke University, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Britten Sinfonia. The completion of this work brings MacMillan one step closer to fulfilling his lifetime goal of setting all four of the Gospel Passion accounts to music.




In an interview withThe Scotsman, MacMillan described his long-term ambition to follow up his  setting of the St John Passion with successive settings of the other three Gospel accounts.

“I want to take the rest of my life to do the other three [Passions] ... the plan is to get them smaller and smaller. The St Luke has less orchestra, more soloists; the St Mark will be for choir and organ, more liturgical in purpose; the St Matthew will just be for unaccompanied singers.”

Scored for chamber orchestra with mixed chorus (SATB) and children’s choir, the St. Luke Passion  is more compact in scale than MacMillan's St John Passion.

The commission to write a St. Luke Passion arose out of conversations in a Duke-Cambridge Collaboration, which first met during in 2010 in Cambridge, England. In a unique partnership, a group of American and British scholars have been meeting together with James MacMillan over a period of four years to discuss the composition of this new work.


Concertgebouw interior
Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)

The world premiere, scheduled for March 15, 2014, at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Markus Stenz conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Vocaal Talent Nederland.

For the U.S. premiere, April 13, 2014, at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina), the Duke Chapel Choir is joined by the Durham Children’s Chorus and the Orchestra Pro Cantores, conducted by Rodney Wynkoop.  Macmillan will also be on campus for a series of activities produced in conjunction with the Duke Divinity School and the Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (DITA).

James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation and Soli Deo Gloria is proud to be a co-commissioner of his St. Luke Passion as one of the highlights of SDG's 20th Anniversary Season. Other SDG commissions by MacMillan include Since it was the Day of preparation... and Alpha and Omega.