“Theodora,” “The Creation” and “Christmas Oratorio” highlight MOB’s 2024-25 season

Thu Mar 07, 2024 at 12:00 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Marc Minkowski will make his Music of the Baroque debut in the 2024-25 season. Photo: Benjamin Chelly

Music of the Baroque will present three major choral works in 2024-25, a season that will also see a celebrated conductor make his MOB debut.

The season will open September 15 & 17 with Dame Jane Glover leading MOB in Haydn’s oratorio, The Creation. Soloists are soprano Joélle Harvey, tenor Andrew Stenson, and baritone Brandon Cedel.

MOB’s music director will return November 24 & 25 to conduct Bach’s epic Christmas Oratorio. The soloists will be soprano Yulia Van Doren, mezzo Emily Fons, tenor Gwilym Bowen, and bass-baritone Michael Sumuel. Glover’s third and final program of the season takes place April 6 & 7 with symphonies by Mozart (No. 31 “Paris”), Hasse and Mysliveček, and Imogen Cooper as soloist in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13.

Nicholas Kraemer will mark his 80th birthday by conducting a favorite work, Handel’s Theodora March 2 & 3, in the oratorio’s first MOB outing in 40 years. Sherezade Panthaki, Iestyn Davies, Allyson McHardy, David Portillo, and Jonathan Woody are the soloists.

Marc Minkowski will make his MOB debut January 25 & 27. The celebrated French conductor will lead the orchestra in Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”), Rameau’s Suite from Les Boréades, and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in F Major, Op. 3, no. 4.

Laurence Cummings, music director of the Academy of Ancient Music, will also make his MOB bow in a program exploring the natural elements of earth, air, fire, and water. The October 27 & 28 program includes Rameau’s Suite from Naïs, Telemann’s Ebb und Fluth, “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Rebel’s Les Elémens.

Kraemer will close the season May 11 & 12 with a choral program. In addition to Bach’s motet “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied,” BWV 225, the program will include vocal works by Palestrina, Monteverdi, Byrd and Rameau and instrumental works by Tallis, Purcell and Pachelbel.

Chorus director Andrew Megill leads the traditional Brass and Choral holiday concerts December 19-22. 

Subscriptions are now on sale. Jane Glover conducts Bach’s St. John Passion, 3 p.m. Sunday in Skokie and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Harris Theater. baroque.org 

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