With Glover’s contract renewed through 2026, MOB sticks to familiar formula for 2023-24 season

Tue Feb 28, 2023 at 1:48 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Conductor Jonathan Cohen will make his Music of the Baroque debut in the ensemble’s 2023-24 season.

If you like the kind of programs Jane Glover has been doing with Music of the Baroque for the past two decades, then you’ll like the ensemble’s 2023-24 season.

Next season’s lineup fits into what has become a familiar format with two large choral works, orchestra members featured in concertos, and populist works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi.

Also, a MOB spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday that the British music director’s contract has been renewed for an additional three seasons through 2025-26, stretching her Chicago tenure to 23 years.

Glover will lead three of MOB’s eight programs in 2023-24, opening the season with Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat September 17-18 with soprano Susanna Phillips in the vocal quartet. The second performance will take place at Symphony Center.

She will also direct a mixed program of symphonies and concertos November 19-20 and Bach’s St. John Passion March 10 and 11, 2024. The former program will feature MOB orchestra members William Buchman and Oto Carrillo as soloists in Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4, respectively. The lineup also encompasses the Suite No. 3 from Handel’s Water Music, Bologne’s Symphony No. 2 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 “Miracle.”

Jonathan Cohen makes his MOB debut January 28-29. Incoming music director of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Cohen will lead a Bach-centered program with soloist Viktoria Mullova performing both Bach violin concertos. Works by Lully and Rameau fill out the program.

Patrick Dupre Quigley returns for his third MOB appearance to close the season May 12-13. Quigley’s program offers Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1, Act 3 from Purcell’s King Arthur, Allegri’s Miserere, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

Principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads an all-Vivaldi program October 15-16, mixing choral works with string concertos featuring MOB musicians. Other MOB orchestra members are featured in Kraemer’s April 14-15 program, which also includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 “The Hen.,”

Chorus director Andrew Megill leads the traditional Brass and Choral program December 14-17.

Subscriptions go on sale March 7 and single tickets August 1. baroque.org.

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