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Bach and Forward

When:

Sat 27 Feb 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Concession: $55.00
  • Under 30: $45.00
  • Student: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: anna78

It is said that sometimes we need to go backward in order to move forward. With 2016 marking the start of a new era for the Song Company as Antony Pitts joins the ensemble from the UK as Artistic Director, it seems only fitting that his first program in their new season together, Into Something, explores the legacy of the vocal music of one of the greatest composers of all time – Johann Sebastian Bach.

J.S. Bach’s motets are among the highest achievements of choral polyphony from the Baroque period. The Song Company’s program Bach & Forward, pays tribute to him with three of his surviving output of motets, as well as his influence on later composers with choral settings by Mendelssohn – who led the Bach revival in Europe – and works by two other great German composers of the 19th century, Schumann and Brahms, as they sought to rediscover the genius of the Kantor of Leipzig himself.

Bach’s motets have transcended time and been performed all around the world since he first wrote them for specific occasions; very often this has been with basso continuo, making for a thoroughly rounded sound. Bach’s contemporary Scheibe describes how performances of these spiritual motets “creates an extraordinary, heartfelt joy; it enlivens us and yet makes us thoughtful; it uplifts our spirit for contemplation”.

Taking on the role of the basso continuo in the Song Company’s interpretation of the Bach motets will be cellist Daniel Yeadon and organist Neal Peres Da Costa. Yeadon, a part-time member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), enjoys a worldwide career as a cellist and viola da gamba player and often appears as a soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and regularly records for ABC Classics. Neal Peres Da Costa has forged a highly successful career as performing scholar, music educator and researcher, specializing in historically-informed performance. He too has performed with the ACO and is a member of the Australian period-instrument ensemble Ironwood.

Excited to begin this next chapter in The Song Company’s distinguished career, Antony Pitts says, “Together we will discover both brand-new and antique vocal treasures from around the world, nurture Australia’s finest composers and creative artists and collaborate on music-making that transcends borders, genres and other preconceptions”.