Chicago Bach Project 2012 Tickets On Sale


John Nelson conducting the
Chicago Bach Choir and Orchestra

Johann Sebastian Bach
APRIL 4, 2012

8:00 p.m.

After the amazing 2011 launch of the Chicago Bach Project, Soli Deo Gloria is proud to continue the tradition at St. Vincent de Paul Church with the performance of Bach's St. John Passion on the Wednesday before Easter, April 4, 2012.

John NELSON, conductor
Nicholas PHAN, Evangelist
Stephen MORSCHECK, Jesus
Kendra COLTON, soprano
Meredith ARWADY, contralto
Marc MOLOMOT, tenor
Matthew BROOK, bass
CHICAGO BACH Choir and Orchestra
Donald NALLY, chorus master

Saint Vincent de Paul Church
1010 W. Webster Avenue
Chicago, Illinois


“It is our hope that this annual concert, presenting a different work from the great Bach trilogy each year, will become a Chicago tradition that enriches Holy Week observances for many. These three works by Bach—the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, and the Mass in B Minor—are the pinnacle of Western sacred music. All were signed by Bach himself with ‘S.D.G.’ (‘To God alone be the Glory’), the very reason Soli Deo Gloria exists.”—John Nelson, Artistic Director

In the weeks after the sounds of last year's performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion faded, we were flooded with comments from audience members and musicians:


Rose window at St. Vincent de Paul Church

“A musical and spiritual experience I will never forget.”
      “A smashing success.”
“A palpable testimony for the power of expertly and passionately performed sacred music.”
“Stirred our souls and lifted our hearts!”
“An amazing experience.”
     “Just stunning.”
“A spectacular concert—deeply moving and meaningful, brilliantly conducted and performed.”
     “Amazing. Thank you!” 
“I look forward to the future performances.”
     “I was blown away.”

We were also delighted to hear, in a city like Chicago where there is no lack of great music, raves from the critics:


Chicago Bach Orchestra

“One of the highlights of the current music season.” —Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

“[Nelson’s] firm coordination of the choral and instrumental forces was matched by a deep and sensitive understanding of what gives this music its unique spiritual resonance and urgent dramatic power.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“A formidable artistic success and a moving experience for Holy Week. The Chicago Bach Project enjoyed a healthy birth, to say the least. Mark your calendars now for next year’s St. John Passion!” —Mark Ketterson,

“The Chicago Bach Project promises Bach’s St. John Passion for April 4, 2012. Mark your calendars.” —John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“The Chicago Bach Project promises to be a highlight of the city’s musical landscape for years to come.” —Myron Silberstein, Clef Notes: Chicagoland Journal for the Arts


The Chicago Bach Project is made possible in part through support from Fellowes, Inc., Martin Avenue Pharmacy and Tassos.