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Vivaldi and Bach Concert

2:00pm 6th August 2017 - 4:00pm 6th August 2017

Event Details

Venue Name: Ukaria Cultural Centre
Venue Address: 119 Williams Road, Mount Barker
Event Type: SA
Cost: Adults $35, student/pensioner/unemployed $30, school child. $10
Choir(s): Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus

Booking Details

The Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus will perform a glorious program of baroque music in the tranquil surrounds of the Ukaria Cultural Centre, Mount Barker, on Sunday 6 August 2017.

Works by J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel will be paired with Vivaldi’s Gloria in D major, RV 589, for a concert featuring choir with baroque ensemble.

Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude is based on the hymn of the same name and uses passages from Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. The motet is set for five voices with the second soprano part adding harmonic richness.

The German hymn text is by Johann Franck and dates from c. 1650. It is from an individual believer's point of view and praises the gifts of Jesus Christ as well as longing for his comforting spirit. It also abounds with stark contrasts between images of heaven and hell, often within a single section. Bach's vivid setting of the words heightens these dramatic contrasts resulting in a motet with an uncommonly wide dramatic range.

The wonderfully sunny nature of Vivaldi’s Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it an immediate and universal appeal. The Gloria was composed by Vivaldi for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls. The Ospedale prided itself on the quality of its musical education and the excellence of its choir and orchestra. Vivaldi, a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed many sacred works for the Ospedale, where he spent most of his career. This, his most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections.

The Chorus will be accompanied by the Marryatville High School Baroque Ensemble.

Conductor and Music Director, Aldis Sils, says: “Vivaldi’s Gloria is a choral favourite because of its glorious melodies and distinctive choruses. It is a pleasure to perform.

“I have chosen the works of baroque masters Bach and Vivaldi not only to be enveloped in their choral beauty but also to develop the variety of vocals and interpretive techniques the Chorus requires to sing baroque music. I chose Bach’s motet, Jesu, meine Freude, as an example of his delicate vocal writing and compositional skills.”

Guest conductor of the Marryatville High School Baroque Ensemble, Katrina Brown, is a graduate of the University of Adelaide.  Katrina is a former state and national winner of the keyboard section of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition. Katrina studied harpsichord, fortepiano and historical performance in London with Christopher Kite at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and with Kenneth Gilbert at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Further post-graduate studies were at City University (London) where she completed a Master of Arts Degree with distinction. Katrina has given recitals as a soloist and chamber player in Europe, Hong Kong and Australia. Her performances in Australia have included with the ASO, Salut! Baroque, Elysium Ensemble, Adelaide Baroque and the Barossa Music Festival. She is currently a teacher at Marryatville High School's Special Interest Music Department.


  • Jesu, meine Freude BMV 227 (excerpts) (Bach)
  • Jesus bleibet meine freude (Bach) – Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
  • Come Sweet Death (Bach, arr. Sanderberg)
  • Concerto Grosso Opus 6 No 1 in G Major (Handel) - conducted by Katrina Brown
  • Gloria (Vivaldi)

Drinks, coffee and light refreshments will be available prior to the concert.

Concert details:

Sunday 6 August 2017 – 2.00 pm
Ukaria Cultural Centre, 119 Williams Road, Mount Barker
Tickets at the door: adults $35, student/pensioner/unemployed $30, school children $10
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