Bach in Africa
Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in b-minor (BWV 232) with Andreas Scholl, Felix Koch and Martin Berger
Stellenbosch University´s newly established Unit for Early Music and the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany have started a unique cooperation that is spanning continents and bringing together students from the two hemispheres of the world. Both universities will join forces in a breathtaking production of Johann Sebastian Bach’s famous Mass in b-minor (BWV 232) with world-famous countertenor Andreas Scholl as a soloist. The first concert will take place on 2 May at 20:00 in the St. Georges Cathedral, Cape Town. The second concert will take place on 3 May at 20:00 in the Endler Hall, Stellenbosch.
“The participation of Andreas Scholl is a great pleasure and a privilege for Stellenbosch University”, says Martin Berger, Head of Early Music at Choral Conducting Stellenbosch University. “We are grateful for this production as international cooperation with our generous german partners. Exchange of expertise and exposing students to the professional world is the key to success in all fields.”
Scholl is the most successful countertenor in the world, and will be joined by Maike Raschke (Soprano), Christian Rathgeber (Tenor) and Roman Tsotsalas (Bass). Students and staff of the music department will join the Neumeyer Consort, a professional Baroque orchestra on period instruments under the leadership of Felix Koch, in the two performances. These performances of Bach’s b-minor Mass are probably the first ones on period instruments on the African continent.
The choir will be comprised of 16 choristers from Stellenbosch and 16 choristers from Germany respectively, all of whom will all travel to Germany to perform Bach’s masterpiece in Mainz and Frankfurt again. As part of their travel, they will give two greatly anticipated concerts featuring music of South African composers.