“St. Matthew Passion,” “Jeptha” highlight MOB’s 2022-23 season

Sun Mar 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Jane Glover will open Music of the Baroque’s 2022-23 season with Handel’s Jeptha in September. File photo: Elliot Mandel

Bach’s epic St. Matthew Passion and a rarely heard Handel oratorio are on tap for Music of the Baroque’s 2022-23 season.

The ensemble’s 52nd season was announced Sunday night in Skokie at the start of MOB’s concert by music director Dame Jane Glover and principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer, both of whom will be marking 20 years in those roles this fall.

The season will open September 18-19 with Glover leading Handel’s Jeptha. Not performed by MOB in nearly 25 years, the oratorio will feature a rich cast of soloists including David Portillo, Lauren Snouffer, Clara Osowski, and Aryeh Nussbaum-Cohen.

Patrick Quigley will return October 9 and 11 to conduct “Baroque Heroes” a program that fell victim to the pandemic. The slightly revised lineup will feature Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, Rameau’s Suite from Castor et Pollux, Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixote and principal cellist Paul Dwyer in C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major.

Countertenor Reginald Mobley—a former longtime member of Quigley’s Seraphic Fire choir in Miami—will be the centerstage soloist November 20 and 21, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. Mobley will be heard in two songs of Purcell, Handel Italian arias and excerpts from his Belshazzar. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and nonvocal works by Purcell and Croft fill out the program.

The Holiday Brass and Choral Concerts (December 15-18) will be helmed by MOB’s yet-to-be-named incoming chorus director, who will be announced this spring.

The traditional Mozart program moves back to January (21-22), the composer’s birth month, in 2023. Glover leads a program of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist Gabriela Montero, and Joseph Bologne’s Symphony No. 1.

Kraemer returns February 26-27 for concerts featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 “Clock.” Also on tap is Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 1 and the belated MOB debut of music of William Boyce with the British composer’s Symphony No. 5.

Glover leads Bach’s sprawling St. Matthew Passion April 2-3. Originally planned for the 50th anniversary season but cancelled by the pandemic, the performances will feature soloists Yulia Van Doren, Elizabeth DeShong, Paul Appleby, Roderick Williams, Tyler Duncan, and James Gilchrist as the Evangelist.

The season will close May 7-8 with Glover leading a program that spotlights six of MOB’s front-desk musicians in Sinfonia Concertantes by Haydn and Dittersdorf. Vanhal’s Symphony in D minor and Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 frame the program.

2022-23 subscriptions go on sale Wednesday March 23. baroque.org

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