Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 5:11 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

For musical aficionados, religious and non, Holy Week brings the opportunity to hear some of the great spiritual masterpieces of the repertory, large-scale works which get less frequent airing during the rest of the year.

John Nelson’s Chicago Bach Project reaches the third year of its first tripartite cycle with Bach’s Mass in B minor to be presented March 27 in Lincoln Park. Soloists this year are soprano Nicole Cabell, mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel, tenor Stanford Olsen and bass Matthew Brook. Nelson will lead an orchestra made up of some of Chicago’s finest players with Donald Nally directing the chorus. The performance takes place 8 p.m. next Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1010 W. Webster.; 630-984-4300.

Another Bach cornerstone, the St. John Passion will be presented Sunday by the Chicago Chorale. While not high on the local radar screen, Bruce Tammen works remarkable wonders with his all-volunteer chorus, as with last November’s magnificent performance of Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel, chosen as the top performance of 2012 by Chicago Classical Review. Soloists are Steven Soph, Gerard Sundberg, Ellen Hargis, Susan Druck, William Bennett, and Paul Tipton. Performance time is 3 p.m. Sunday at Rockefeller Chapel in Hyde Park.

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