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Chicago Bach Choir’s vivid ‘St. John Passion’ was forged from the stuff of lasting memories

Mar 23, 2015 – 3:40 pm
John Nelson conducted the Chicago Bach Choir and Orchestra in the 'St. John Passion.' (EElan Photography)

Review: One can come away from a profoundly affecting musical experience with any number of dominant feelings: enlightenment, exaltation, transcendence, solemnity among them. After hearing the Chicago Bach Choir and Orchestra perform its namesake’s “St. John Passion,” I walked out into the brisk spring night air with a singular sense of privilege. The performance conducted by John Nelson on March 20 at the Harris Theater surely belongs among the concerts that will endure in memory.