Week 3 Recommendations

The most exciting thing about this week must be the risk-taking performance of Bach's St. John Passion with a period band and just nine singers in various combinations as soloists and choir directed by James Kallembach at University of Chicago's Rockerfeller Chapel.  Each musician involved will be put to the test and Kallembach has cast this Passion with some of the city's most skilled and stylish singers.  Last spring's B Minor Mass presented by U of C was one of the best I heard all year and I would not miss this.

Elsewhere, the season of Lent continues to bring out the choral masterpieces - you can hear the Tallis Lamentations at St James Cathedral and the Chicago Chorale in Rachmaninoff's Vespers.

On the small scale, there are some nice/niche offerings: baritone Ed Frazier Davis and pianist Eugenia Cheng in a program featuring works by Mr. Davis himself and the Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel at Pianoforte Foundation; and one of the newest and handsomest a capella groups on the scene -Constellation Men's Ensemble in a program of music for compline.