Flores and her family, all of
The piece was conducted by
Before the concert, Robert Kyr, lecturer in residence at the
"St. Matthew Passion" is one of the longest works ever written -- an impressive three hours -- which tells of Jesus' last days and Crucifixion. The story is presented by the actual characters in the story -- Jesus, Peter and Judas -- retold by an evangelist and then reflected by a double choir.
"The way Bach has created the drama of the singers and made them into both characters and also what I call the first person witness, it's all reflection on the story," Kyr said. "To understand what the different elements of story telling are before you hear the piece is very helpful."
About 30 people attended the lecture at the center.
"I was ready to listen," she said.
"I was interested," she said. "At first it was kind of hard to follow, but then you just kind of pick it up."
The piece, Kyr said, was written so the audience could also take part in the journey.
"It's an amazing form of storytelling where everyone is involved, including the people listening," he said.
"Thrown into the middle of this is incredible drama. If you allow yourself -- quiet yourself -- you will become more involved in it than the biggest blockbuster today."
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