2016



Sunday 13 November 2016

MIDDLE PARK: Bach Magnificat with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra

    In 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcken, who was employed as a singer at the Court of Prince Leopold of Cöthen. They moved to Leipzig shortly after the birth of their first child, Christiana Sophie, when Bach took up the post of Cantor at the Thomaskirche in May 1723. That year saw the composition of two of Bach’s most joyous works: The Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, composed for Advent 1716, was now reworked, with the famous chorale, known in English as Jesu joy of man’s desiring added at the conclusion of each half. For Christmas of that year, Bach produced an early version of the Magnificat. This work, possibly more than any other captures the magic of the moment when the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing that she is to bear a son.
  • Sinfonia from the Cantata Wir Danken Dir Gott BWV 29 for obligato organ and orchestra
  • Cantata BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
  • Magnificat BWV 243 for Choir and Soloists
Sunday 13 November 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $80/$50/$45//$20$35. Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 210 Richardson St, Middle Park  Middle Park (Melbourne), Australia .


Saturday 12 November 2016

MACEDON: Bach Magnificat with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra

    In 1721, Bach married Anna Magdalena Wilcken, who was employed as a singer at the Court of Prince Leopold of Cöthen. They moved to Leipzig shortly after the birth of their first child, Christiana Sophie, when Bach took up the post of Cantor at the Thomaskirche in May 1723. That year saw the composition of two of Bach’s most joyous works: The Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, composed for Advent 1716, was now reworked, with the famous chorale, known in English as Jesu joy of man’s desiring added at the conclusion of each half. For Christmas of that year, Bach produced an early version of the Magnificat. This work, possibly more than any other captures the magic of the moment when the Angel Gabriel appears to Mary, announcing that she is to bear a son.
  • Sinfonia from the Cantata Wir Danken Dir Gott BWV 29 for obligato organ and orchestra
  • Cantata BWV 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
  • Magnificat BWV 243 for Choir and Soloists
Saturday 12 November 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $45/$40/$30/$20. Address: Church of the Resurrection, Corner of Mt Macedon Rd & Honour Ave  Macedon, Australia .


Sunday 28 August 2016

GEELONG: Bach in the Castle of Heaven

Sunday 28 August 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $35/$30. Address: Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, 136 Yarra St  Geelong, Australia .


Saturday 27 August 2016

MACEDON: Bach in the Castle of Heaven

Saturday 27 August 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $45/$40/$30. Address: Church of the Resurrection, Corner of Mt Macedon Rd & Honour Ave  Macedon, Australia .


Sunday 21 August 2016

SYDNEY: Bach in the Castle of Heaven

Sunday 21 August 2016
Time: 2:30pm. Admission: $40/$35/$20. Address: St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, St Mary’s Rd  Sydney, Australia .


Saturday 20 August 2016

BOWRAL: Bach in the Castle of Heaven

Saturday 20 August 2016
Time: 3:30pm. Admission: $35/$25. Address: St Jude’s, 34 Bendooly St  Bowral, Australia .


Sunday 12 June 2016

MIDDLE PARK: Bach in the Castle of Heaven

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    ‘Who needs pills to lift the spirits when we have the six Bach Motets?’ John Elliot Gardiner asks this question in his book Bach – Music in the Castle of Heaven. Douglas Lawrence, renowned for his programmatic flair, contrasts four of Bach’s masterpieces with a gem by Johann Michael Bach (JS’s father-in-law) and Latin Motets from other times and places. Gregorio Allegri’s famous Miserere is performed alongside one of the most difficult pieces in the motet repertoire – Messiaen’s O sacrum convivium, which holds a mystery all its own. The Three Latin Motets by Herbert Howells represent a pinnacle of early 20th century English choral music.
  • Johann Michael Bach (1648–94) Das Blut Jesu Christi
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) Lobet den Herren alle Heiden (BWV 230) for 4-part choir
  • Herbert Howells (1892–1983) Three Latin Motets Op.38
  • JS Bach  Jesu meine Freude (BWV 227) for 5-part choir
  • Gregorio Allegri (c.1582–1652) Miserere
  • Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) O sacrum convivium
  • JS Bach Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (BWV 225) for two 4-part choirs
Sunday 12 June 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $80/$50/$45/$35. Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 210 Richardson St, Middle Park  Middle Park (Melbourne), Australia .


Sunday 3 April 2016

Bach Mass in B Minor Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, directed by Douglas Lawrence

    “Complete stylistic perfection” – Dagbladet, Denmark. The Australian Chamber Choir is internationally renowned for its performances of the most complex and demanding choral repertoire. Bach started work on the monumental Mass in B Minor in 1714 and completed it a year before his death . In the choruses, he layers coloratura lines of a difficulty normally reserved for soloists. The Melbourne Baroque Orchestra brings together the finest specialist musicians from around Australia, playing on the instruments of Bach’s time. The completed work, never performed by Bach in its entirety, contrasts mighty choruses with rapturous solos and duets in something that historian Manning Clark described as “the greatest product of the human mind”.
Sunday 3 April 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $80/$50/$45/$35. Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 210 Richardson St, Middle Park  Middle Park (Melbourne), Australia .


Sunday 3 April 2016

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  • Bach Mass in B Minor – Sun 3 April
  • Bach in the Castle of Heaven – Sun 12 June
  • Bach Magnificat – Sun 13 November
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Sunday 3 April 2016
Admission: $115/$104/$80. Address: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 210 Richardson St, Middle Park  Middle Park (Melbourne), Australia .


Saturday 2 April 2016

MACEDON: Bach Mass in B Minor with an orchestra of period instruments

Saturday 2 April 2016
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $45/$40/$30. Address: Church of the Resurrection, Corner of Mt Macedon Rd & Honour Ave  Macedon, Australia .


Saturday 2 April 2016

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  • Bach Mass in B Minor – Sat 2 April
  • Bach in the Castle of Heaven – Sat 27 August
  • Bach Magnificat – Sat 12 November
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Saturday 2 April 2016
Admission: $100/$90/$70. Address: Church of the Resurrection, Corner of Mt Macedon Rd & Honour Ave  Macedon, Australia .


Saturday 2 April 2016

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Saturday 2 April 2016
Admission: $115/$104/$80. Address: Your choice,   pick your own venues/dates, Australia .


Saturday 19 March 2016

MORNINGTON: Bach Mass in B Minor with an orchestra of period instruments

From 6.45pm, there will be a Bittern Estate wine tasting.
Saturday 19 March 2016
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $50/$45/$18. Address: Peninsula Community Theatre, 91 Wilsons Rd  Mornington, Australia .


Wednesday 16 March 2016

GEELONG: Bach Mass in B Minor with an orchestra of period instruments

    ‘The greatest product of the human mind’ – Australian historian, Manning Clark shared his thoughts on Bach’s Mass in B Minor in a conversation with Douglas Lawrence. Composition of the Mass occupied Bach over many years and was not completed until 1749, one year before his death. In the Lutheran church, there was never any call for a completely sung mass, such as was customary in the Catholic church. For this reason, the B Minor was never performed in its entirety during Bach’s lifetime. It is possible that Bach intended it for the dedication of the new Hofkirche – now the Frauenkirche – in Dresden, which was scheduled for completion by 1748 but not finished until one year after his death (1751). In the event the inaugural mass chosen was by Johann Adolph Hasse. The Mass in B Minor seems to have resulted from Bach’s desire for a complete working out of various genres in the final years of his life. This also resulted in the Musical Offering, the Art of Fugue and the publication of a collection of keyboard music known as the Clavierübung. One of the special characteristics of this Mass is the use of a wide array of instruments including trumpet, horn, flute, oboe, bassoon and timpani. The ACC’s performance brings together an orchestra of specialist musicians playing period instruments.
Wednesday 16 March 2016
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $35/$30. Address: St Paul’s Anglican Church, 171-177 Latrobe Terrace  Geelong, Australia .


Sunday 17 January 2016

BALLARAT: In Ecclesiis – Music of St Mark’s Venice with an orchestra of period instruments


presented by
Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields
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Sunday 17 January 2016
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $35/$30/$10. Address: St Patrick’s Cathedral, 3 Lyons St South  Ballarat, Australia .

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