2022 Bach Cantata Lecture Concert Tour & Bach Pictorial Biography Book Launch
Out of the Depths is the first post-lockdown concert of Bachfest Malaysia, featuring two incredibly moving Bach cantatas, performed by the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra. Renowned Bach scholar Prof. Dr. Michael Maul will be joining Bachfest Malaysia on this special concert tour to provide pre-concert lectures. The concert tour is also the official book launch for Maul’s Chinese/English version of Bach Pictorial Biography.
From July 30 - August 5, 2022, Bachfest Malaysia will be presenting a nationwide Bach Cantata Concert Tour “Out of the Depths” in five cities: Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Bintulu, Sibu, and Kota Kinabalu. This concert tour features two incredibly moving Bach cantatas, presented by the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, comprising of young professional musicians across the nation, under the direction of David Chin. In each concert, the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra will be joined by local ensembles on a couple selections, with the hope of connecting and engaging local musicians in more impactful ways, and achieving Bachfest Malaysia’s motto: “Connecting People with Quality Music”.
Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (Out of the depths I call, Lord, to You), BWV 131
In allen meinen taten (In all that I do), BWV 97
Renowned Bach scholar Prof. Dr. Michael Maul will be joining Bachfest Malaysia on this special concert tour to provide pre-concert lectures. The concert tour is also the official book launch for Maul’s Chinese/English version of Bach Pictorial Biography, translated from German to Chinese by David Chin, and published by Bachfest Malaysia.
Bach: A Pictorial Biography
by Prof. Dr. Michael Maul
The all-new Bach: A Pictorial Biography was published in Germany in 2021, this pictorial biography was written by Prof. Dr. Michael Maul, Artistic Director of Bachfest Leipzig, and a senior researcher at Bach-Archiv Leipzig. This biography is a collection of more than 140 pictures from nearly 30 libraries, museums and archives throughout Germany, arranged in the form of a picture and a story, with interesting facts about Bach's life by year. The book is translated by conductor Dr. David Chin, the Artistic Director of Bachfest Malaysia, and is published in English and Chinese.
Pre-order NOW : https://www.bachfestmalaysia.com/order.html
Bachfest Malaysia was founded by its Artistic Director David Chin in 2015 with the premiere performance of St. John Passion in Malaysia by the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra. Since then, they have performed Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, numerous cantatas, motets, and instrumental works by J.S. Bach, among other works ranging from the Renaissance period to living composers. Their performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion was awarded "Best of 2019" and "Best Choral Ensemble Performance '' for the 17th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2020. Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra has been invited to perform multiple chorale cantatas at the St. Thomas Church in Bachfest Leipzig 2024. In addition to the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, a community-based and audition choir: Mendelssohnchor Malaysia was established in 2020, focusing on large choral-symphonic works. In 2021, Bachfest Malaysia also produced Encountering Bach, a documentary on the life and music of J.S. Bach, filmed in all the Bach sites throughout Central Germany.
Bachfest Malaysia is dedicated to:
· Connecting people through quality music
· Promoting music of J.S. Bach and other great composers in Malaysia and beyond;
· Creating excellent music-making opportunities for young local talents;
· Making Bach’s music accessible to all through performance and education;
· Collaborating with various organizations in creative and innovative projects.