Bach in the Dark - Twilight Musical Dialogues
Bach in the Dark on Friday June 15 is an utterly captivating and evocative re-imagining of classical music, created by celebrated cellist Rachel Scott and proudly presented in Newcastle for the first time by Sally Walker’s Twilight Musical Dialogues. Selected works of Johann Sebastian Bach, his relatives and admirers will be performed entirely in the dark; removing all sensory distractions and connecting the listener more powerfully with the music and the musicians.
This very special Newcastle appearance follows in the footsteps of a sell-out series of Bach in the Dark performances, which quickly gained a cult following - from the blackened out crypt of Sydney’s oldest church to Picton, Katoomba, Robertson and now the intimate setting of Adamstown’s Uniting Church, Bach in the Dark takes the sense of wonder and anticipation that audiences have come to expect from Twilight Musical Dialogues to a whole new level. This will be the second concert in the 2018 Twilight Musical Dialogues subscription season, themed Musical Luminati,; Sally Walker’s creative tribute to the many great minds among the world’s musical luminaries.
Bringing Bach in the Dark to Newcastle is in line with Sally’s desire to engage audiences more intimately with classical music, through her ‘French Salon inspired’ Twilight Musical Dialogues which introduce a disarming element of fun and surprise. It was Rachel Scott’s absolute passion for recreating her own life changing experience of music for audiences everywhere which proved to be a key point of connection for the two artists. Sally was instantly drawn to Rachel’s “refreshingly outrageous and irreverent approach to music; her larger than life humour and equally vast compassion .” she says. “Rachel would have to be one of my all time favourite dinner guests.”
The original idea for Bach in the Dark took shape as a result of what Rachel describes as a transformative moment, back in 2008, during her time teaching children in Western NSW with The Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF).
“As I played for the children, they closed their eyes and became transfixed and entirely in the moment, saying it was the most beautiful thing they’d ever heard” Rachel said. “Their reaction was so profound, it taught me to really listen all over again.”
The experience made Rachel acutely aware of the chasm that separates the audiences from players when everything becomes too serious in concert settings. “Like a dinner party with no conversation,” Rachel says. The cellist channelled her disillusionment with conventional concert formats into a creative exploration that would strip back sensory distractions to leave just the listener, alone with the music. Bach in the Dark was born!
The two talented artists also share a heart for nurturing youth through music. In her role as education manager for ACMF, Rachel provides underprivileged children with on going access to a quality music experience in the classroom. She facilitates interactive concerts and workshops Australia-wide with the ACO that bring children together with orchestral musicians and has trained music teachers in East Timor as part of Mary McKillop International with the goal of independent delivery of music in primary schools. Sally Walker is lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle and Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and continues her commitment to bringing young emerging artists to the stage with Twilight Musical Dialogues.
Joining Sally and Rachel for Bach in the Dark will be outstanding young oboist Christopher Pantelidis. Among his many achievements and accolades, Christopher has been a featured composer by the Newcastle Youth Orchestra and Orchestra Nova.
Rediscover the wonder of music and lose yourself in the moment at Bach in the Dark as the experience that has captivated music lovers everywhere comes to Newcastle. Forget about the power bill, the deadlines and the dire strait of Australian politics for one wonderful evening and with childlike abandon – simply listen!
Works to include:Johann Sebastian Bach Intentions in C major BWv772 and C minor BWV773 Henning and Alma Kraggerud Musical Calendar
Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in C major BWV1033
MB Sibson Ouroboros No1
Martin Wesley-Smith Intervention – with young performer Christopher Pantelidis Georg Philipp Telemann Methodical Sonata in G T WV 41:G4
Carl Philipp Emanual Bach ‘Hamburger’ Sonata H 500
The experience unfolds in the intimate setting of Adamstown Uniting Church. A complimentary wine and cheese tasting on arrival at 6pm is included in the ticket price. The Concert commences at 7pm sharp and concludes at 8pm, followed immediately by an informal reception with the musicians.
EVENT SUMMARY:Twilight Musical Dialogues 2018 Subscription Series - Musical Luminati Bach in the Dark
Date: Friday June 25, 2018
Venue: Adamstown Uniting Church, 228 Brunker Rd Adamstown
Sally Walker, flute, Rachel Scott, cello
Guest young musician Christopher Pantelidis,oboe Ticket Pricing: Adult $45 . Concession $25
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