Chicago Bach Project 2015: St. John Passion

John Nelson with Nick Phan and Matthew Brooks

John Nelson conducting the Chicago Bach Project
(with soloists Nicholas Phan and Matthew Brook)

Grammy Award-winning conductor John Nelson returns Friday, March 20, 2015, to lead the fifth annual Chicago Bach Project in a performance of J. S. Bach’s powerful St. John Passion, featuring top-tier Chicago musicians in the Chicago Bach Choir (Donald Nally, chorus master) and Orchestra, with a world-class roster of soloists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, March 20, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

 

J. S. Bach
St. John Passion, BWV 245
John Nelson, conductor

Nicholas Phan, Evangelist
Stephen Morscheck, Jesus
Lisette Oropesa, soprano
Lawrence Zazzo, countertenor
John Tessier, tenor
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone

James MacMillan
Alpha and Omega
Chicago Bach Choir
Donald Nally, conductor

 

Chicago Bach Project
Chicago Bach Project at Harris Theater

Bach's dramatic St. John Passion, according to a BBC reviewer, "used to be in the shadow of the more dignified and contemplative St. Matthew Passion, but recently the St. John has come up in the world as its feverish drama suits modern tastes much better." And Maestro Nelson "skillfully put[s] across the theatrical moments as well as the spiritual catharsis" of this music (Chicago Classical Review).


Since its inauguration in 2011, the Chicago Bach Project, sponsored by Soli Deo Gloria, has presented the trilogy of Bach's masterpiece—the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, and the Mass in B Minor—in a rotating cycle conducted by John Nelson. Reviewers have hailed the Chicago Bach Project performances with glowing praise:

 

"among the highlights of the classical music season” (Chicago Tribune)

“sensitively sung and brilliantly played” (Chicago Classical Review)

“a formidable artistic success and a moving experience” (Concerto Net)

“a performance worthy of a timeless masterpiece” (Chicago Tribune)

(For full reviews, visit Chicago Bach Project 2014.)

 

Chicago Bach Choir
Chicago Bach Choir

For 2015, we introduce a new feature to the Chicago Bach Project. The evening will begin with a performance of Alpha and Omega, a moving a cappella choral work commissioned by the SDG Music Foundation from renowned Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Based on a text from the New Testament Book of Revelation, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” the concise six-minute work will be directed by Donald Nally. The SDG commission was made possible through generous sponsorship from the University of Chicago and Crossway publishers (Wheaton, Illinois).

 

The one-night-a-year Chicago Bach Project is not to be missed. Order your tickets now!

Tickets: $25 - $55*
Online: HarrisTheaterChicago.org
Phone: 312.334.7777
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 East Randolph Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

* Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Discounted student tickets (2 max) can be purchased with I.D. at the Harris Box Office. For student group discounts, contact SDG, 630-984-4300.

 

Chicago Bach Project photos courtesy of Eelan Photography.