Greatness of Bach celebrated
Singers and musicians are travelling from all over the country, as well as Australia and England to attend the Bach Cantata Residency in Nelson from Saturday to Monday.
One of the world's leading experts in Bach's music, Masaaki Suzuki and the prestigious ensemble Juiliiard415 will work with 40 musicians and singers over the three days.
Suzuki and Juilliard415 perform at Nelson Cathedral on Saturday as part of the tour.
The Bach Cantata Residency features masterclasses, rehearsals, coaching sessions, seminars and a final concert. The workshop includes an Observers Programme providing opportunities for audiences to immerse themselves in Bach.
Chamber Music New Zealand chief executive Peter Walls says the residency was a unique opportunity to offer a comprehensive workshop for New Zealand musicians and singers with a world authority in Bach and the ensemble.
"This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our musicians and singers," Walls says. "We know they will benefit hugely from being able to work with Masaaki Suzuki and playing alongside Juilliard415."
For audience members there's a chance to immerse themselves in Bach and gain a unique behind the scenes look into the lives of professional musicians.
The weekend workshop culminates with a joint concert on Monday at Nelson Cathedral.
Walls said this tour, with 10 concerts nationwide and the three-day residency, stands out as a major highlight of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2017 season.
With 19 members, Juilliard415 is one of the largest international ensembles toured by Chamber Music New Zealand. The ensemble includes a soprano soloist, eight violinists, two viola players, two cellists, a double bass player, a flautist, two oboeists, a bassoonist and a harpsichord player.
The programme for the Suzuki and Juilliard415 concert in Nelson focuses exclusively on Bach with two magnificent orchestra suites and the Concerto for Two Violins in D minor and the cantata Ich habe genug.
Masaaki Suzuki and Juilliard415, Nelson Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm. Tickets: TicketDirect or phone 0800 224 224. The Nelson Bach Cantata Residency, June 3-5, The Observer Programme, full details: www.chambermusic.co.nz/masaakisuzuki