The festival, which runs through July 10, also features the American premiere of Mendelssohn's comic opera The Uncle From Boston and a visit from the Kronos Quartet.
Helmuth Rilling, artistic director of the Bach Festival, commissioned La pasi‹n seg‹n San Marcos, a reimagining of Bach's St. Mark Passion, from Golijov in 2000 to mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death. The piece was received rapturously at its premiere in Stuttgart and at subsequent performances in the United States.
Mendelssohn wrote the The Uncle From Boston at age 14; it was seen only in a private performance for his family. Rilling discovered the score in a Berlin library and led its world premiere in Essen, Germany, in October.