Bach first performed the Saint John Passion on April 7, 1724, at St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig. While the Saint Matthew Passion is widely considered the more superior of the two surviving Passion settings, the older, the Saint John Passion, is far more unrestrained, emotional, and extravagant. 

Saint Peter's Church presents the Passion as part of a liturgy on Good Friday.

Good Friday, April 14, 2017
12:00 Noon
Bach's reading of the Saint John Passion: a Jewish-Christian Conversation
Panel participants
Pastor Amandus Derr, Saint Peter's
Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, Central Synagogue
Christoph Wolff, Bach Archive and Harvard University

1:00 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Passion according to Saint John

Saint Peter's Choir, Schola and Period Orchestra
Cantor Bálint Karosi, conductor