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Basílica N.Sra. das Dores - Porto Alegre

Joy of Men

Concert commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Cantata BWV 147

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Joy of Men
Joy of Men

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Jul 18, 2023, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Basílica N.Sra. das Dores - Porto Alegre, R. Riachuelo, 600 - Centro Histórico, Porto Alegre - RS, 90010-272, Brasil

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This year marks exactly 300 years since Cantata 147, famous for the choral “Jesus, Joy of Men”, was composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The Bach Society Brasil celebrates the date by recreating in a concert the original experience in which the work was heard for the first time: original instruments from the Baroque era, in the acoustics of a church and with some of the greatest specialists in Bach today. Under the direction of Fernando Cordella, the Bach Brasil Ensemble will feature guest soloists from Switzerland, Austria, Italy and São Paulo. The thirty-fourth concert of the Bach Brasil series has the support of Goethe Institut, Basílica das Dores, EROICA music and Carangacci music.

Fernando Cordella, harpsichord and direction

Marília Vargas (Brazil/Switzerland),soprano

Daniele Oliveira (PR),contralto

Jabez Lima (SP),tenor

Norbert Steidl (Austria),low

Giovanni dos Santos,baroque violin

Márcio Ceconello,baroque violin


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Cantata Symphony BWV 174

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concerto for Two Violins in A minor RV 522

- Allegro

- Larghetto and spiritoso

- Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben”, BWV 147

First part:

- Choir:Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben

- tenor recitative:Gebenediter Mund!

- Aria contralto:Schäme dich, o Seele nicht

- Low recitative: Verstockung kann Gewaltige veblenden

- Aria soprano: Bereite dir, Jesu, noch itzo die Bahn

- Choir: Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe

Second part:

- Tenor Aria: Hilf, Jesu, hilf, daß ich auch dich bekenne

- Contralto recitative: Der hochsten Allmacht Wunderhand

- Bass Aria: Ich will von Jesu Wundern singen

- Choir:Jesus bleibet meine Freunde




One of the most active and respected sopranos of her generation, Marília Vargas divides her time between concerts, classes, masterclasses and music festivals, which regularly take her to several European countries, Latin America, Japan and China.

Among his collaborations with ensembles and orchestras, his various performances withLa Capella Reial de Catalunya,Le Parlement de Musique,Ensemble Turicum, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira (OSB), Orquestra Sinfônica do Theatro Municipal de São Paulo and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo (OSESP) - who regularly take her to various theaters, including the Wiener Konzerthaus, Theater Royal de Versailles, Berliner Konzerthaus, Gran Liceo de Barcelona, Tonhalle Zürich, Theater Basel, Helsinki Music Centre, Auditorium in Dijon, National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Theatro Municipal  of São Paulo and Sala São Paulo.

Graduated inbaroque cornerat the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and atLied and Oratory at the Zurich Conservatory, in Switzerland, he studied with Neyde Thomas, Montserrat Figueras, Christoph Prégardien and Silvana Bartoli.



He performed as a soloist, conducted by conductors Nicolau de Figueiredo, Luis Otávio, Hans Bönisch, Silvio Viegas, Luciano Camargo and conductors Naomi Munakata and Valentina Peleggi, passing through venues such as Theatro Municipal de São Paulo, Teatro da Paz, Teatro Amazonas, Palácio das Arts, São Pedro Theater, São Paulo Room, Claudio Santoro Auditorium, Ouro Preto Opera House and Guaíra Theater. He was a soloist in the works Carmina Burana, by Orff; Passion according to Saint John and Christmas Oratorio, by Bach; Mozart's Requiem; Vespers, by Rachmaninov; in the Operas "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Britten, "The Magic Flute" as Tamino; "Il Signor Bruschino"

by Gioachino Rossini; "O Basculho de Chaminé", by Marcos Portugal and Actéon, by Marc Antoine Charpentier. He was a soloist in the recording of the commemorative CD with works by Cláudio Santoro, for the SESC label, under the direction of Cláudio Cruz with the Orquestra Jovem do Estado de SP, in the "Missa de Santa Cecília", by Father José Maurício Nunes Garcia, conducted by Ricardo Kanji, for the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival and plays João Grilo in the opera “Auto da compadecida” by Ariano Suassuna and music by Tim Rescala.



Mezzo-soprano from Mato Grosso do Sul, he had the opportunity to develop his singing skills with names such as Clarice Maciel, Denise Sartori, Neyde Thomas, Enza Ferrari, Carlo Colombara, Eiko Senda and Maria Cristina Kiehr. She holds a bachelor's degree in Singing from UNESPAR/EMBAP and a Master's in Musicology from UFPR. In the operatic area, he participated in some productions, with emphasis on The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Carmen (Bizet) and also a staged version of Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Monteverdi), such as “Testo”. He is part of the Camerata Antiqua de Curitiba since 2008, where he also performs as a soloist in some concerts. In addition, Daniele develops research and performance activities in medieval and renaissance music with her group Illvminata and is currently participating in the new formation of the group Studium Musicae Ateliê de Música Histórica.



Norbert Steidl, baritone, born in Lienz, Austria, graduated as a master of singing at the University Mozarteum Salzburg in 2007. He participated in the Salzburg Festival under Ricardo Muti in operas by Paisiello and Mozart.

Sang  Leporello (Don Giovanni) at Teatro do Século XXI in Beijing, Masetto (Don Giovanni) at TMSP, Melisso (Alcina) at Teatro São Pedro in São Paulo, Ottokar (Der Freischütz) and Vater (Hänsel und Gretel) at Teatro Guaíra in Curitiba , Geronimo (Il matrimonio segreto) in various theaters in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, Parmenione (L'ocassione fa il ladro) in Curitiba, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) in Salzburg, among other roles.

He has performed in countless concerts as a soloist in the great oratories of Handel, Bach, Haydn, Brahms in different countries of Europe and Latin America.


baroque violin

Giovani dos Santos is one of the most prominent violinists from the south of Brazil, excelling in both modern and baroque violin. He has been active in the main orchestras in RS since 2008 and is currently a member of the Sphaera Mundi Orchestra, ULBRA Chamber Orchestra and Theatro São Pedro Chamber Orchestra.

Winner of the FUNDARTE Young Soloist Competition 2010, invited by Leon Spierer (spalla of the Berlin Philharmonic 1963-93) to the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie 2011 in Berlin, full scholarship holder of the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival 2015 and spalla of the Academic Orchestra of the SESC International Music Festival of Pelotas in 2013 and 2018.

As a baroque violinist, he began his search for artistic expression through this instrument under the influence of Rodrigo Calveyra in 2007. He participated in some music festivals specializing in early music and private lessons, where he was guided by Luís Otávio Santos, Rodolfo Richter, Rebecca Huber, among others. . He often integrates and records with chamber music groups directed by Fernando Cordella.


baroque violin

Master in Musical Performance from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), he graduated from UFRGS under the guidance of Fredi Gerling and Hella Frank. He perfected himself in Vienna and the United States at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with violin masters such as Peter Schuhmayer and Mark Zelmanovic. He toured with the Junge Osterreichische Philharmonie, Youth Orchestra of the Americas and Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra. Winner of the SESI/Fundarte Young Soloists contest.

He was a member of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist of the Belo Horizonte Sinfonietta Orchestra, where he also performed as a soloist. He is part of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra (OSPA). He also performs on the Baroque violin, now part of the Bach Brasil Ensable. Orchestra professional involved in concerts, operas and scenic shows. He has performed in several opera productions in Brazil and abroad, as a resident in a Washington D.C. production. As a member of the Tristan Institute of Arts, he deepens studies in philosophy, symbology and mythology, elaborating scripts based on contemporary adaptations of western mythology.



Fernando Cordella is considered one of the leading harpsichordists of his generation in Latin America. Conductor and artistic director of the Bach Porto Alegre Society. In São Paulo, he received the TOYP JCI award as the most expressive figure in Brazil in 2015, in the “Cultural Success” category.

He has acted as soloist and guest conductor in the main orchestras in Brazil and abroad, in projects with: Luis Otávio Santos, Peter van Heyghen, Nathalie Stutzmann, Olivia Centurioni, Roman Garrioud, Michaela Comberti, Bart Naessens, Rodolfo Richter, among others.

He coordinates the Baroque Music Workshop at the São Paulo Municipal School of Music and teaches the Harpsichord Class at the same institution – Fundação Theatro Municipal de São Paulo. Trained as a pianist, he had his guidance with the Brazilian pianist Dirce Knijnik and later at the Federal University of Rio Grande Sul with Prof. Dr. Andrew Loss. On the harpsichord, Nicolau de Figueiredo was his main teacher.

Winner of the 2011 Açorianos Award as best interpreter for the album “CRAVOS – de Frescobaldi a Mozart”.


Artistic direction:Fernando Cordella

Audiovisual and communication direction:Gaius Ammon

Direction and Sound Engineering:Fabiano Cordella

Production direction:Ilton Carangacci

Stage assistant:Matheus Goelzer

Communication team:Marcelo Freire

Press office:carangacci music

Producer:EROICA content

President of the Bach Society Brazil:Jonas Badermann

Financing: Patrons and supporters of the Bach Society Brasil


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