John Nelson to Conduct Mendelssohn Masterwork

John Nelson
John Nelson

For 2017 SDG offers a variation of its Chicago Bach Project. Presented in collaboration with the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Maestro Nelson will conduct the choral and orchestral forces of the Conservatory, joined by world-class soloists, in Mendelssohn’s stirring Lobgesang (“Hymn of Praise”).

Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang celebrates the rich tradition of Bach’s cantatas and, fittingly, was premiered in the Thomaskirche of Leipzig, where Bach had served as Kantor in the eighteenth century. Equally fitting, the program includes Bach's famous cantata Ein Feste Burg is unser Gott ("A Mighty Fortress Is Our God") in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the German Reformation (1517-2017).


John Nelson at Wheaton College
John Nelson conducting
Wheaton College performance


Lobgesang ("Hymn of Praise")
A choral symphony by Felix Mendelssohn

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80 ("A Mighty Fortress Is Our God")
A cantata on the immortal hymn tune by J.S. Bach

Alpha and Omega by James MacMillan, commissioned by SDG Music Foundation





Chicago Bach Project logo       Wheaton College Artist Series logo 

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




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

Plan now to attend this unique program celebrating the synergy of Bach and Mendelssohn, the Wheaton College Artist Series and SDG’s Chicago Bach Project.