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Holy Week Twilight Retreat: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Ben is looking forward to sharing with the Dayspring Community as they hold their Holy Week Twilight Retreat, as he presents some reflections on J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Johann Sebastian Bach is not only one of the giants of the musical world, but also of the Christian church. Sometimes referred to as the fifth evangelist, Swedish bishop Nathan Söderblom called his cantatas “the Fifth Gospel”. In this retreat, we will reflect on the glimpses we find of Bach’s own spirituality by examining his great work “St Matthew’s Passion.” Violinist and Music Teacher Ben Clapton will lead us in this retreat.

Bach wrote a huge number of church cantatas – his Nekrolog (an obituary written in 1754 by Johan Friedrich Agricola and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach) mentions five year-cycles of cantatas for all Sundays and feast days. This would amount to at least 275 cantatas. However, we only have copies of around two thirds of that number, as some have gone missing, or have only survived as fragments. His Passions – while related to his Church Cantatas – are considered a seperate category of his works. The St Luke Passion, BWV 246, is thought to be Bach’s copy of an anonymous composers Passion, with very little material original to Bach’s hand. The St John Passion was composed during Bach’s time in Leipzig, using the text of the Brockes Passion for the arias. The St Matthew and St Mark passions use libretto’s by Picander, however we have no autograph of the St Mark passion and rely on reconstructions.

The St Matthew Passion is longer and more complex that the St John passion. Using a double orchestra and chorus, it is considered to be more reflective and resigned, as opposed to the more realistic and anguished St John Passion.

The Holy Week Twilight Retreat is hosted by the Dayspring Community, an ecumenical, open, contemplative community that focusses on contemplative spirituality, love for God and love for their neighbour, particularly the marginalises and those considered to be the ‘least of these’.

Sunday 28 March, 2021
St Peter and Emmaus Church, Mt Hawthorn

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Alternative Symphony plays Perth

Ben has been a member of Alternative Symphony performances in Melbourne, and is excited to be joining them again as they perform in Perth for the first time.

Alternative Symphony Presents An Orchestral Rendition of Daft Punk: Greatest Hits

Saturday April 16, from 7 pm
Magnet House, Perth.
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Thats right, for one night only we’re bringing Daft Punk’s most popular songs to life! Using our host of talented performers and orchestral members we’re coming to Perth to re-live some of the best music ever performed! Daft Punk’s fusion of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock music and synthpop influences has won them critical aclaim across music genres and established them as one of the most successful bands for our time.

Featuring a full orchestra and modern musical elements and the use of immersive visuals and an elaborate light show, there’s no experience quite like it!

*This event is an orchestral rendition, DAFT PUNK will not be present.

Alternative Symphony Presents An Orchestral Rendition of: Biggie vs 2Pac

Sunday April 17, from 7pm
Magnet House, Perth
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Alternative Symphony and Lombardo Entertainment is proud to present a unique way to hear two of the all time greatest artists.

Using our team of highly trained orchestral performers we’re bringing you a unique way to experience 2 of the biggest names in Hip-Hop back to back.Our East Coast Orchestra performing the Notorious B.I.G’s hits and our West Coast Orchestra performing the 2Pac classics!

– Who’s Performing? –
This isn’t your average orchestral event. Our musicians are highly trained professionals and all Daft Punks biggest fans. This modern Orchestra have been practicing enormously to ensure you as an audience receive the best possible show! We’re got trumpets, horns, strings, DJ’s, Drums, live vocalists, MC’s and much, much more to make this night one to remember!

AS understands how COVID19 has negatively effected the events and entertainment industry. Alternative Symphony is happy to honour a 100% FULL REFUND if our event isn’t able to go ahead due to COVID19.

*This event is an orchestral rendition
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