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What better way for Crescendo to celebrate its 15th year than with Bach’s splendid “Magnificat”?

This is Bach at his grandest, launching the piece with a thrilling orchestral fanfare — possibly the longest of any of his choral pieces, said Crescendo’s founding artistic director Christine Gevert. The chorus joins in on the word “Magnificat,” voices brilliantly rising and falling, a theme that carries through the work to convey a spirit of celestial striving.

“When I was thinking about celebrating our anniversary, I wanted...