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Vivaldi and Fauré

5 August 2018 at St Martin's-in-the-Veld MAP
12 August 2018 at Thomaskirche MAP


Tim Roberts - conductor
Ruth Coggin - organist

Vivaldi Faure

ONLY TWO CHANCES TO CATCH THE JOHANNESBURG BACH CHOIR
WINTER CONCERTS THIS AUGUST!



The 80-strong Johannesburg Bach Choir presents two beautiful choral works this August – Gabriel Fauré’s haunting Requiem and Antonio Vivaldi’s dramatic Magnificat - for two performances only. Both concerts are at 3pm; the first in the tranquil setting of St Martins-in-the-Veld, Dunkeld on Sunday 5 August and the second in the more modern Thomaskirche, Bryanston on Sunday 12 August.

Led by the choir’s musical director Tim Roberts and accompanied on the organ by Ruth Coggin, both concerts will feature two outstanding local soloists, baritone Hendré van Zyl and soprano Esté Meerkotter. Tickets at just R140 are available via Quicket.co.za, from Margaret Zappalà on 076 022 7918, or at the door.

Speaking about the concerts Roberts said: “We’re delighted that our recently expanded and revitalised choir, which now numbers over 80 singers, will be performing one of the most popular works in the choral canon, Fauré’s Requiem, for Joburg audiences in our second 2018 concert this August. Also on the programme is one of Vivaldi’s lesser-known works, his short but dynamic and engaging Magnificat. Together they make for an unmissable programme.”

Gabriel Fauré was born in France in 1845. His musical talent was spotted early and he studied in Paris from the age of nine with a range of teachers, including Camille Saint-Saëns. Known for his Pavane and nocturnes, Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor in seven movements is probably his most famous work and premiered in Paris in 1888. He subsequently revised it for concert performances and the final version we know today was first performed in 1900.

Fauré achieved much professional success in middle age and was recognised as the leading composer of his generation, but during the final years of his life he suffered from increasing and debilitating deafness. In 1920, at the age of 75, he was awarded the Grand-Croix of the French Légion d’honneur. He died in 1924 and was given a full state funeral, at which his beautiful Requiem was performed.

Acknowledged as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque period, Antonio Vivaldi was born in Italy in 1678. His father taught him to play the violin and at the age of 25 he was ordained into the priesthood. Vivaldi composed many of his earlier works for the all-female music ensemble of the children’s home where he worked. His Magnificat in G Minor, containing nine movements, was composed around the years 1717 to 1719 and he rearranged it numerous times until the 1730s.

He composed over 40 operas but is probably best known today for his sonatas and concertos, including The Four Seasons. Vivaldi left his native Venice in 1740, hoping to find employment at the court of Emperor Charles VI in Austria. However, soon after his arrival in Vienna the Emperor died. Although he had achieved considerable success during his lifetime and his influence was felt across Europe, due to changing musical tastes in the 18th century Vivaldi died in poverty in 1741. No music was performed at his funeral and he was buried in a simple grave in Vienna.

Baritone Hendré van Zyl studied classical singing with Professor Werner Nel in Potchefstroom. Since his debut as soloist in May 2002 in works by JS Bach and WA Mozart, he has appeared regularly at concert venues throughout South Africa with local and international conductors in works by a wide variety of composers. Focusing largely on music from the Baroque and Classical periods, recent performances include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St John‘s Passion, St Matthew‘s Passion and Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah and the Magnificat by Bach, Vivaldi and Mendelssohn. In these performances he appeared as a soloist with the Pretoria Bach Choir, the Choir of St John’s College, Johannesburg, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the Chanticleer Singers.

Soprano Esté Meerkotter studied flute and vocal performance and now freelances as a full-time musician, while continuing her vocal studies with Nic Nicolaidis. She has been performing with the Chanticleer Singers since 2012 as a regular soloist, and has also appeared with the Pretoria Bach Choir and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra in Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat and Vivaldi's Magnificat. She conducts the high school and senior primary school choirs of Trinityhouse Little Falls, where she also develops young musicians. These August concerts mark her debut with the Johannesburg Bach Choir.



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Lisa Hoffman 072 875 9467



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