Bach: Spirit & Spectacle

Sublime arias, awe-inspiring fugues, virtuosic concerti: Bach’s music is as varied as it is powerful. We’re joined by one of Australia’s best loved voices to bring Bach’s extraordinary arias alive in a very special way.

No name is more synonymous with Baroque music than Bach. Through his prolific output, he brought the musical language of the time to the pinnacle of its expressive power, fusing intellect, technique and emotion into some of the most enduring music of all.

Sara Macliver is a musical living treasure. Her superb soprano voice is the perfect vehicle for the moving Bach arias she performs with MCO in this program. Sara also performs Calvin Bowman’s lush song cycle Die Linien des Lebens (The Lines of Life) which was written for her and premiered with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2010. The program also showcases brilliant young violinist Anne-Marie Johnson as the soloist in Bach’s demanding D minor Violin Concerto.

Project Partner: Performances by Sara Macliver supported by the Henkell Family Fund.

Bach: Spirit & Spectacle Project Partner


Bach/Stokowski
Mein Jesu, was vor Seelenweh BWV487 (arr string orchestra)

JS Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 BWV1048
The Art of Fugue BWV1080: Contrapunctus V

Calvin Bowman
Die Linien des Lebens

JS Bach
Cantata BWV115: Bete aber auch dabei
Mass in B minor BWV232: Laudamus te
Cantata BWV197: Vergnügen und Lust
Violin Concerto in D minor BWV1052R


Sara Macliver Soprano
Anne-Marie Johnson Violin
William Hennessy Director


Standard $59–$119
Concession* $49–$109
Under-40 $40
Child/Student $30
Group (8+) 20% off Standard pricing
*Commonwealth means-tested
concessions are eligible.