Bach Mass in B Minor

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Chicago Bach Project 2013: Mass in B Minor

Mass in B Minor, St. Vincent de Paul Church, Photo: Charles Osgood  


Johann Sebastian Bach

Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

March 27, 2013

The Chicago Bach Project, presented by Soli Deo Gloria, returned for its third year with Bach’s great choral masterpiece, the sublime Mass in B Minor, conducted by SDG's Founding Artistic Director, Maestro John Nelson. St. Vincent de Paul Church in Lincoln Park, with its soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows, and beautiful front altar, offered a stunning visual environment for concert-goers to hear the work performed in a sacred space, as Bach originally intended.




"Molding long lines sans baton, the conductor infused his singers and instrumentalists with his own keen sense of musical and spiritual identification. His brisk to moderate tempos allowed each section its own musical integrity and expressive weight within the elaborate symmetries of Bach's grand design."—John von Rhein, Classical Music Critic, Chicago Tribune

John Nelson, conductor  












  Nicole Cabell, soprano

“Soprano Nicole Cabell… spun the florid lines of her ‘Laudamus te’with freshness, purity and agility.”—John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune








  Jane Henschel, mezzo-soprano

“In the ‘Benedictus,’[Jane] Henschel brought considerable beauty and poignancy to the climax of the work.”—Dennis Polkow,








  Stanford Olsen, tenor

“Veteran tenor Stanford Olsen sang a warmly expressive ‘Benedictus.’” —John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune









  Matthew Brook, bass-baritone

“Bass-baritone Matthew Brook brought musicality and dignity to both of his solo sections.”—John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune









  Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra, Photos courstesy of Charles Osgood

“A memorable Mass in B minor ...the forces [sang] transparently and with focus, brilliantly building in momentum and dynamics … the climactic choral sections [rang] out with immense jubilation.”—Dennis Polkow,







John NELSON, conductor
Nicole CABELL, soprano
Jane HENSCHEL, mezzo-soprano
Stanford OLSEN, tenor
Matthew BROOK, bass

Chicago Bach Choir & Orchestra
Donald NALLY, chorus master

St. Vincent de Paul Church
1010 W. Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

The concert was broadcast live by Chicago’s classical radio station, 98.7 WFMTand streamed live via WFMT's website and smart phone apps.

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The 2013 Chicago Bach Project was made possible in part through support from
Fellowes, Inc., Martin Avenue Pharmacy, and Wheaton Eye Clinic.


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