Critic’s Choice

Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

John Nelson. Photo: Stu Rosner

John Nelson. Photo: Stu Rosner

The Chicago Bach Project marks its fifth anniversary Friday night with John Nelson leading the Chicago Bach Choir and Orchestra in the St. John Passion at the Harris Theater. Nelson’s annual Lenten concerts have found a loyal audience for his rotation of Bach’s greatest choral masterworks. Once again tenor Nicholas Phan will be the Evangelist with bass Stephen Morscheck as Jesus; soprano Lisette Oropesa, countertenor Lawrence Zazzo, tenor John Tessier and bass-baritone Matthew Brook round out the soloists.

Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Harris Theater. sdgmusic.org

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3 Responses to “Critic’s Choice”

  1. Posted Mar 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm by William Hoffman

    So when in John Nelson’s Lenten concerts going to include Bach St. Mark Passion?

  2. Posted Mar 21, 2015 at 9:15 pm by Lawrence A. Johnson

    He did St. Matthew last year. Mass in B minor next year, St. Matthew again in 2017.

  3. Posted Mar 22, 2015 at 4:37 pm by Vince Peterson

    There are several reconstructions of Bach’s St. Mark Passion, but as the original music is lost, it holds primarily historical rather than musical interest. Those interested can find recordings of various versions, but I can’t imagine a major performance effort being feasible.

    Of course, a major grant from a donor could change that, Mr. Hoffman… :)

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