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23 SATURDAY

In our secular world, the coming of Easter means colored eggs and displays of kitschy sweets at the grocery store. But back in the days of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Easter season brought the annual peak of musical performance—the “Musical Passion.” The Washington Bach Consort will honor the older tradition with its rendition of the St. Matthew Passion, the greatest of Bach’s choral works. Given the exceptional quality of this ensemble’s past work, this performance will likely be a choral highlight of the year. Performing with the Bach Consort will be the St. Columba’s Boy Choir & Girl Choir, internationally known bass Daniel Lichti, Lewis Freeman singing the role of Jesus, and Robert Petillo as the Evangelist. At 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $20-31. (202) 337-1202.CP