"Lobgesang" Tickets

TICKETS

Available online through the Wheaton College Artist Series, or call the box office at 630.752.5010.
$45 General
$40 Seniors
$10 Students

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 pm
Edman Chapel
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187

"Lobgesang" Sample

One of Lobgesang's most familiar chorales is the hymn tune "Nun danket alle Gott" ("Now Thank We All Our God"). This sample recording from the London Symphony Orchestra library will give you a taste of what's in store for you at the February 24th concert.

Chicago Bach Project 2017: Mendelssohn's Lobgesang

Wheaton College choirs and orchestra
In collaboration with Wheaton College Artist Series

CHICAGO BACH PROJECT 2017

Felix Mendelssohn

Lobgesang ("Hymn of Praise")

February 24, 2017

For the 7th Annual Chicago Bach Project, SDG Music Foundation offers a special variation. In collaboration with the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Maestro John Nelson will conduct Mendelssohn's stirring choral symphony, Lobgesang. The work celebrates the rich tradition of Bach's cantatas and, fittingly, was premiered in Thomaskirche of Leipzig, where Bach had served as Kantor. Equally fitting, the February 24th program includes Bach's famous cantata Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott ("A Mighty Fortress Is Our God") in celebration of this year's 500th anniversary of the German Reformation (1517-2017).

 

John Nelson conducts
Mendelssohn's Choral Symphony

Lobgesang

Wheaton College Artist Series
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Edman Chapel, Wheaton College
Wheaton, Illinois

 

MENDELSSOHN'S "LOBGESANG"

Mendelssohn's symphony for chorus and orchestra was one of his most ambitious achievements. Originally commissioned to celebrate the invention of moveable type, Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and the subsequent printing of the Gutenberg Bible, it was also a celebration of the German Reformation, which was greatly advanced by the development of printing. Closely tied to this advance in literacy was the development of German church music, especially the music of J. S. Bach. It was Bach's use of chorales and soloists that inspired Mendelssohn to create the cantata-like series of nine vocal movements in Lobgesang.

Mendelssohn clearly intended the work to be a "hymn of praise." In 1840 he wrote a friend, explaining,

The words from the Psalms, and indeed all pieces, vocal and instrumental, are composed in the words ‘Everything which has breath, Praise the Lord’; one understands by this that first the instruments give praise in their own way, and then the chorus and the individual voices."

 

FEATURING GRAMMY AWARD-WINING CONDUCTOR JOHN NELSON

John Nelson
John Nelson

Internationally renowned for his interpretation of the large romantic repertoire, including the great works of Berlioz, John Nelson has conducted most of the world's top orchestras, including the London Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and the New York Philharmonic. Nelson's varied repertoire has also taken him to many of the world's major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Chicago Lyric, the Opera Bastille and the Netherlands Opera. 

Maestro Nelson is recognized as a great interpreter of the sacred music repertoire and, in 1994, co-founded SDG Music Foundation. His distinguished discography includes Handel's Semele (Grammy Award 1993), Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict (Diapason d'Or 1992) and SDG's highly acclaimed DVDs of Bach's Mass in B Minor and St. Matthew Passion, Haydn's Die Schöpfung and Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. He also recorded the complete Beethoven Symphonies and Piano Concertos with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, of which he is Honorary Musical Director.

When Nelson conducted a program of Mendelssohn symphonies, including Lobgesang, at Carnegie Hall, a New York Times reviewer commented:

In the hands of a no-nonsense interpreter like Mr. Nelson, [these symphonies] emerge as vital, rousing creations."

 

FEBRUARY 24, 2017

Chicago Bach Project logo  

PROGRAM
Felix Mendelssohn: Lobgesang {"Hymn of Praise")
J. S. Bach: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80
James MacMillan: Alpha and Omega (an SDG commission)

MUSICIANS
Choral and Orchestral forces of the Wheaton College Conservatory
John William Trotter, conductor
Mary Hopper, conductor
Daniel Sommerville, conductor

SOLOISTS
Susannah Biller, soprano
Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Denise Gamez, alto
Timothy Bentch, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone

6:30 p.m.  PRE-CONCERT CONVERSATION
EDMAN CHAPEL
Hosted by Dr. Johann Buis, Wheaton College Associate Professor of Music, SDG Board Member

 

TICKETS

Available online through the Wheaton College Artist Series, or call the box office at 630.752.5010.
$45 General
$40 Seniors
$10 Students

Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 pm
Edman Chapel
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187