• 70°

FirstARTS hosts performance of Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion


The FirstARTS series of the Stanback Department of Sacred Music at First United Methodist Church will host a performance of Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion on Sunday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m.

British composer and conductor Bob Chilcott began his career as a professional singer and turned to composition full-time in 1997. He has created a large body of frequently performed choral pieces with an emphasis on the sacred. St. John Passion was composed for conductor Matthew Owens and the Wells Cathedral Choir. The work was premiered in 2013.
This performance, under the direction of Matthew Michael Brown, will feature the Chancel Choir and Soloists of First United Methodist Church accompanied by brass quintet, organ, timpani, and strings. Soloists include tenor Wade Henderson singing the role of The Evangelist, baritone Scott MacLeod singing the role of Jesus, bass Jason McKinney singing the role of Pontius Pilate, and soprano soloists Kristin Schwecke and Alden Pridgen.

Tenor Wade Henderson appears frequently on local stages in opera, concert and choral settings. He is known for his “strong, vibrant tenor voice” (Classical Voice of North Carolina) as well as his facility with a wide variety of musical styles. He has sung critically acclaimed performances of both operatic and major choral works. A resident of Cary, he frequently performs with the NC Opera Company and as a soloist with the Duke University Chapel Choir.

Baritone Scott MacLeod maintains an active musical career as a singer, conductor, director, and teacher. He has appeared as a soloist in a variety of national and international venues, including Opera North, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Mobile Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera on the James, Eastern Music Festival, the Tucson Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and Carnegie Hall. MacLeod is Assistant Professor of Voice at High Point University.

Bass Jason McKinney is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied voice with soprano Marilyn Taylor and tenor  Glenn Siebert, conducting with Maestro James Allbritten, and composition with Kenneth Frazelle. McKinney maintains an active performing career with performances at The Kennedy Center, The White House, The Semper Opera House in Dresden Germany, The Hamburgische Staatsoper, The Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany, Opera Kommische in Berlin, Germany, Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and The Theatre Carre in Amsterdam. Mr. McKinney has performed the title role in Porgy & Bess, operas of Mozart, Puccini, and Carlisle Floyd. As a concert soloist, Jason McKinney has been featured with the North Carolina Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and has performed to critical acclaim in the USA, Australia, Europe, and Mexico.

The concert is free and open to the public. First United Methodist Church is located at 217 S. Church St. For more information, contact 704-636-3121.

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post


China Grove

Reaper’s Realm owners promise beefed-up security after weekend shooting


Contractor expands local footprint, takes on county’s coronavirus projects


Home Improvement: Holiday gifts to spark home improvement ideas


Political Notebook: Local parties will host watch parties for presidential debate


China Grove man cited for driving through school field


October closure hearings set for Faith, Enochville elementary schools


Police say man gave false name after high speed chase, crashing into lumber truck


Nearly 400 cases considered currently active in the county


Rowan-Cabarrus Community College creates free course to help parents tackle virtual learning


New unemployment claims down in August, could indicate positive trend for businesses


Salisbury man faces drug possession charges after overdose call


Police: Man charged after children call 911 from neighbor’s house

Ask Us

Ask Us: Who are people behind sign at City Park playground?


Prison in Salisbury latest site of COVID-19 outbreak


Blotter: Salisbury Man charged with felony assault by strangulation


Trump vows quick Supreme Court vote, Biden urges delay for Nov. 3


New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes

East Spencer

East Spencer draws crowd for annual community day


In Rowan’s legislative races, Howard, Warren get off to strongest start in fundraising


From Navy SEAL to Medicare agent, Trent Waller looks to continue serving his community


In 13th Congressional District race, Budd, Huffman differ on government’s role in COVID-19 help


Rowan County Telecommunications joins new state digital 911 system


School board will consider scheduling public hearings for Faith, Enochville closures


Biz Roundup: Food Lion makes donation to support racial equality and justice