Bach Festival | St. Matthew Passion

  • First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

    540 South Commonwealth Avenue
    Los Angeles, California 90020
Ticket Price $40.00-$80.00 This event is now over

It is Musica Angelica’s esteemed honor to perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in the memory of the distinguished Los Angeles philanthropist, Richard Colburn. Mr. Colburn, a longtime supporter of classical music, regularly visited Naarden in the Netherlands and was greatly moved by the Netherlands Bach Society’s performance of St. Matthew Passion, which has taken place on Good Friday annually since 1921. The Colburn Foundation, under the direction of Carol Colburn Grigor, the daughter of Richard Colburn, has provided a special grant for this performance in hopes that the St. Matthew Passion will become an annual tradition in Los Angeles.


Widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical Baroque music, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion weaves voices and orchestra through magnificent oratorios and arias. Year after year, the St. Matthew Passion is still performed in major cathedrals and sold-out concert halls around the world - a testament to the intricate music’s powerful beauty.


Two Baroque orchestras will perform with a double choir and an award-winning cast of American and European vocal soloists. This thrillingly intense music will soar in the beautiful acoustics of the First Congregational Church to create an unforgettable musical experience.


Musica Angelica would like to thank the Colburn Foundation for supporting St. Matthew Passion and continuing this Southern California tradition. 


Sunday, March 24, 2024


Sing a New Song: Bach and the Cuban Baroque by The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

*10:30 AM Christoph Bull plays Bach on The Great Organs

*11:00 AM Cathedral Choir, Laude and Musica Angelica present Bach's “Signet dem Herrn” and Estaban Salas' “Claras Luces”


3:00 PM   St. Matthew Passion Performance

6:00 PM   Post-concert reception in the Shatto


To learn more about the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles or to watch the live stream of the Sunday Service please visit their calendar of events at


*Free Concerts. Opened to the public. 

All programming is subject to change.

Venue Details

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

540 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90020 First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
Musica Angelica

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