Song Company: Forward & Bach

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Date: 23/06/2017

Starting at: 7:00 PM

Venue: Wesley Music Centre (20 National Circuit, Forrest, ACT, 2603)

Event summary:


Tickets: Adult $65 | Concession $60 | Under 30 $40

FROM BACH TO BATT-RAWDEN – NEW AND OLD SETTINGS OF EIN FESTE BURG AND OTHER WELL-KNOWN MELODIES.
WITH GUEST ARTISTS TOBIAS COLE, RICHARD BUTLER, NEAL PERES DA COSTA, AND DANIEL YEADON.

Martin Luther’s tunes have been the bedrock of the Northern European Protestant experience and the musical lifeblood of composers from before the great J.S.Bach to the present day. Continuing the Company’s partnership with Daniel Yeadon and Neal Peres Da Costa, this third program in the 2017 season The Attraction of Opposites features three more Bach motets (whose texts also include Martin Luther’s translation of the Psalms), interspersed with five new Australian settings of Luther’s tunes, and recent completions of The Orgelbüchlein Project – celebrating 500 years of the Reformation chorale since that fateful Eve of All Saints, 31 October 1517.

Program includes three motets by J.S.Bach:

  • Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
  • Komm, Jesu, komm
  • Jesu, meine Freude


plus five new works by Australian composers on Lutheran chorales:

  • Paul Stanhope
  • Brett McKern
  • Ella Macens
  • Matthew Hindson
  • Andrew Batt-Rawden


and instrumental chorale preludes from The Orgelbüchlein Project

“…the main event was Bach, and Pitts drew a fastidious, cogent and very beautiful performance of three motets from these fine performers. This is virtuoso ensemble singing: eight individual voices, all moving independently, often in different directions, at speed and at the extremes of the singers’ registers and dynamic ranges. It’s hard to imagine a better performance…” (Sydney Morning Herald on 2016’s Bach & Forward)

“…What a fascinating program. The Song Company, under the musical direction of their new leader Antony Pitts, sang three Bach motets alongside choral music from the 19th century which specifically reflected Bach’s influence… this was seriously interesting programming… a reminder of the staggering virtuosity of which The Song Company is capable… The performance of such a program was a tour de force, showing us once again what a brilliant outfit The Song Company is, and whetting the appetite for further concerts under their new director. What will they think of next?” (Australian Stage on 2016’s Bach & Forward)

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