Encore Houston

Encore Houston, Episode 100: Bach Society Houston

The Bach Society performs a musical telling of the Passion of Jesus.


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oil painting portrait of Barthold Heinrich Brockes
German poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes, oil on canvas by Domenicus van der Smissen

On this episode of Encore Houston, our longest yet, the Bach Society presents an oratorio that recounts the Biblical story of the Passion of Jesus Christ, with music by Handel and text by poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes. This particular rendition of the story includes not just the narrative of events, but also introspective commentary from the characters that comes between the major plot points.

Music in this episode:

  • GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Der für die Sünde der Welt gemarterte und sterbende Jesus (Brockes Passion)
    • Tony Boutté as the Evangelist
    • Philip Gay as Jesus
    • Renée Rybolt as the Daughter of Zion
    • Benjamin Boskoff as Peter
    • Kathleen Ruhleder as Judas
    • Chistopher Besch as Caiaphas
    • Nini Marchese as the Believing Soul
    • Preston Andrews as Pontius Pilate
  • Performance date: 3/25/2018
  • Originally aired: 4/13/2019

New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all on Houston Public Media Classical.


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Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on HPM Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews for Houston...

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