Dear Music Lover
50 Years and still going strong!
The year 2014 marks a very auspicious event in the history of one of
Johannesburg’s finest choral societies – we are fifty years old! From
humble beginnings and small numbers at our first concert in 1964, we
have become a leading vocal force in this city.
To commemorate this achievement, our 50th Anniversary Gala Concert will be taking place on Sunday, 8th June. Venue details and ticket information can be found to the right of this newsletter
The Johannesburg Bach Choir’s aim has always been to bring the works of
Johann Sebastian Bach and other Baroque composers to the attention of
the music-loving public, and this event is no exception. First on the
list will be the Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, a work of great
exuberance and fanfares which brims over with exultation. The main work
of the afternoon is Bach’s Magnificat, the lively setting of the
Canticle of Mary, mother of Jesus.
Our soloists for this concert are:
Hanli Stapela - Soprano
Talita Strydom - Soprano
Jonathan Watkins - Countertenor
Chris Mostert - Tenor
Dawid Kimberg - Baritone
South African born Dawid is one of the world’s foremost baritones,
currently based at London’s Royal Opera, with many performances at the
greatest opera houses to his credit. Hanli Stapela, is one of South
Africa’s premier sopranos and teachers, holding professorships at the
Universities of Pretoria and Potchefstroom. She was principal soloist at
the State Theatre and has performed most opera roles, including several
operas written for her to perform. Talita combines a busy professional
career in a corporate legal environment with a specialisation of
performing liturgical music, and children!! Chris Mostert has a
background specialising in Baroque music and small chamber ensembles.
Jonathan is a member of the Gauteng Opera (previously the Black Tie
Ensemble) and is one of a very few countertenors singing professionally
in Southern Africa. The countertenor voice was especially popular in the
music of Bach, and is becoming established again as the preferred voice
in many of Bach’s works.
The choir and soloists will be supported by a 27- piece orchestra. Our resident Musical Director, Tim Roberts, will conduct.
Don’t miss this momentous occasion!
Reiner Fossati: Chairman