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J S Bach (1685-1750)

On Friday the 27th, and Saturday the 28th of October 2017, The Dome Arts Retreat will present a programme of Bach Cantatas and pieces for solo violin and continuo.

Ensemble Fons Partita with visiting violinist Antoinette Lohmann from Amsterdam will be performing. Soloists are Alna Smit (soprano), Sibongile Mollo (alto), Nicholas Nicolaidis (tenor) and Hendré van Zyl (bass). Members of the music ensemble are Tanya Spiller (violin), Lee Smith (viola), Nicola Johannes (cello), Hilton Anspach (contrabass), Gerhard Benade (baroque bassoon) and John Reid Coulter (continuo).

Antoinette Lohmann directs the Historical Performance Department at the Utrecht Conservatory and teaches baroque violin and viola as well as documentation of historical performance practice at the conservatories of both Utrecht and Amsterdam. Previously active in various musical environments, she currently focuses on performing on violin, viola, viola d’amore, tenor violin and viola pomposa. She has a predilection for uncovering little known repertoire and has amongst others recorded sonatas for piano and violin of Joseph Martin Kraus and Margarethe Danzi. As performing artist, Antoinette Lohmann has played in the Ensemble Schönbrunn, Camerata Trajectina, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Musica Temprana, the Kölner Akademie, la Sfera Harmoniosa and in the Utrechtse Barok-Consort.

Since 2008, the Dome Arts Retreat presents courses and concert projects in Historical Performance Practice, led by experts in the field from Europe. One of the most recent projects saw a programme of works by Heinrich Schütz performed by a mixed ensemble of singers and instrumentalists  led by Florian Cramer (Freiburg). The next project is the international course “Cantare e Sonare” in baroque performance practice, February 2018.

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and keyboard player. During his lifetime Bach was chiefly known for his masterful organ and harpsichord playing; his great genius as a composer was only really discovered in the 19th century. Bach wrote organ music, including choral preludes, preludes, fugues, and toccatas; orchestral and chamber works, including the Brandenburg Concertos; and church music, including the St Matthew Passion. Noteworthy among the collections of his keyboard works The Well-Tempered Clavier and The Goldberg Variations.

The image is a 1748 copy of the 1746 portrait of Bach (aged 61) by Elias Gottlob Haussmann. This copy is privately owned and is located in the William H. Scheide, Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The original 1746 painting hangs in the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall), Leipzig, Germany. []

The programme:

  • Cantata 153 – Schau, lieber Gott, wie meine Feind
  • Cantata 155 – Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange?
  • Cantata 165 – O heilges Geist und Wasserbad


  • Friday, 2017-10-27 at 19:30 – Christ Church, 820 Pretorius Street, Pretoria
  • Saturday, 2017-10-28 at 19:30 – St Francis of Assisi, 46 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg


R130 pp – Tickets at the door