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Easter Oratorio Features World-Famous Countertenor Reginald Mobley for Bach Akademie Australia Concerts
Exceptional Baroque Ensemble Bach Akademie Australia welcomes the internationally renowned American countertenor Reginald Mobley to Australia for a very special musical celebration of Easter.
Reginald’s astonishingly beautiful voice will feature in Bach's heartbreaking cantata BWV 82 ‘Ich habe genug’ alongside the celebrated Australian baroque oboist Anna Starr. Cantata BWV 42 follows with a message of hope and comfort. Then the highlight: one of Bach's best loved and most jubilant works, the Easter Oratorio first performed in 1725. Its message of pure joy & celebration continues to uplift and inspire us almost 300 years later.
The program will be performed at two Sydney venues: the historic Garrison Church in The Rocks on Friday evening 3 April and again on Sunday afternoon 5 April at the Holy Name church in Wahroonga.
In between, Penrith music lovers can enjoy the concert on Saturday evening at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.
Reginald Mobley is highly sought-after for baroque, classical and modern repertoire. Hailing from Boston, his career started with the twice Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, after which a stellar rise led to appearances with the Academy of Ancient Music, Bach Collegium San Diego, Calgary Symphony, Monterverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.
He has appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, at the Bachfest Leipzig, Festival Berlioz, Portland Bach and scores more. Never bound by conventional countertenor repertoire - and with a background in musical theatre - Reggie has also performed cabaret shows of gospel, jazz and torch songs in venues from New York to Tokyo. He is vocal in the world of social activism, particularly in the area of inequality of race, gender and sexuality in the classical music industry.
Bach Akademie Australia is dedicated to performing the works of J.S. Bach and enriching and enhancing the musical life of Australia. It was established in late 2016 by Australian violinist Madeleine Easton - protégé of legendary British conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner Madeleine has recently returned after 19 years of living and working in Europe. Comprising some of the finest musicians and singers in Australia, the ensemble's focus on mastery of performance, authenticity and originality of interpretation brings the music of J.S. Bach to life.
Bach Akademie Australia - Artistic Director Madeleine Easton – presents Bach’s Easter Oratorio
Guest artist Reginald Mobley (US), countertenor
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV82 ‘ich habe genug’
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV42 ‘Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats’
J.S. Bach Easter Oratorio BWV 249
Sat 4 April 2020
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith
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