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Two-hundred and eighty-seven years to the date of the first performance of J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion in 1727, the Chicago Bach Project returned to the beginning of its cycle of Bach masterworks on Friday, April 11, 2014, to offer the "Great Passion" to a resoundingly appreciative audience at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park (Chicago) and to a world-wide audience via live streaming on WFMT.com.
The highlight of Soli Deo Gloria's 20th anniversary season is a May 2014 gala in New York City. Special events include the U.S. premiere of SDG's co-commissioned James MacMillan's Since it was the Day of Preparation at St. Barthlomew's Church, and the New York Philharmonic / Westminster Symphonic Choir performance of the SDG-commissioned Requiem by Christopher Rouse at Carnegie Hall.
James MacMillan’s new hour-long setting of the St Luke Passion has been many years in the making. Soli Deo Gloria is a co-sponsor of the commission, along with the Concertgebouw / Zaterday Matinee series, Duke University, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Britten Sinfonia. The completion of this work brings MacMillan one step closer to fulfilling his lifetime goal of setting all four of the Gospel Passion accounts to music.
Pulitzer-prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis has completed an a cappella choral work commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria for the Psalms Project, a collection of 15 contemporary musical works in the Western art-music tradition. The world premiere of Glorious Majesty, based on Psalm 104, will be performed by VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle, on October 27, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On Sunday January 19, 2014, the a cappella choir Cor Cantiamo will present a sacred concert at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, that features two choral works from the Soli Deo Gloria Psalms Project.