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Sat, Apr 08


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Easter Concert 2023

Online transmission of the opening concert of the season with the greatest sopranos of our time specialized in baroque music

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Easter Concert 2023
Easter Concert 2023

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Apr 08, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

premiere on YouTube

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Fernando Cordella, harpsichord and direction


Maria Cristina Kiehr (Switzerland),soprano

Marília Vargas (Brazil/SP), soprano

Giovanni dos Santos, baroque violin

The Bach Society Brasil celebrates Easter with the online transmission of the opening concert of the season with the greatest sopranos of our time specialized in baroque music: Maria Cristina Kiehr (Switzerland) and Marília Vargas (São Paulo). The Ensemble Bach Brasil, directed by Fernando Cordella, begins with the vibrant Concerto in A minor for Violin and orchestra BWV 1041, with violinist Giovani dos Santos. Entering the sacred baroque repertoire, the mysteriousTroisième Leçon De Ténèbres à deux Voix, by François Couperin, a work in which the voices are treated by the composer as real instruments, weaving melismas inspired by the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The concert continues to explore the potential of the soprano voice in the work of Johann Sebastian Bach with a selection of sacred arias (solo and in duet), taken from the Passions and the Mass in B Minor.  O thirtieth concert of the Bach Brasil series has the support of the Goethe Institut.


Johann Sebastian Bach(1685 – 1750)

Concerto in A Minor for Violin and Orchestra, BWV 1041

- [...]

- Walking

- Allegro assai

Francois Couperin(1668 – 1733)

Troisième Leçon De Ténèbres à deux Voix

- Jod – Manum suam misit hostilis

- Caph – Omnis populus ejus gemens

- Lamed – O vos omnes qui transitis per viam

- Mem – De excelso misit ignem

- Nun – Vigilavit jugum iniquitatum

- Jerusalem convert ad Dominum

Johann Sebastian Bach

- Ich folge dir gleichfalls, aria of the Passion According to Saint John, BWV 245

- Blute nur, aria of the Passion According to St. Matthew, BWV 244

- Schlummert ein, ihr Matten Augen, aria from the Cantata, BWV 82

- Christe eleison, duet from Mass in B minor, BWV 232


Fernando Cordella, harpsichord and direction

violin I

Giovanni dos Santos

Letizia Roa

Juliano Buosi

Victor Tamarindo

violin II

Marcio Ceconello

Renata Bernardino

Carlos Sell


Leonardo Bock

Carlos Martins


Diego Biasibetti

Pablo Schinke


Alexandre Ritter


William of Camargo


Claudia Schreiner




She is one of the most prestigious soprano specialists in baroque music. He made his opera debut in Innsbruck in 1988 with the opera “Il Giasone”, by  Francesco Cavalli. From a very early age, she was invited to work with Jordi Savall, Gustav Leonhardt, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, Franz Bruggen, and groups such as Hesperion XXI, Concerto Köln, Ensemble 415, Musical Seminar, Vocal Concert, Ensemble Elyma, among others.

In collaboration with harpsichordist Jean-Marc Aymes, Kiehr founded the Concerto Soave Ensemble. He has participated as a soloist in the most prestigious early music festivals in the world, including the Utrecht Early Music Festival, Ambronay, Pontoise, Simiane-la-Rotonde, Semaine Sainte en Arles, and in Montreux, Lausanne, Marseille and Paris Cité de la Musique.

He has participated in more than a hundred recordings. Her album “Maddalena ai Piedi di Cristo”, with René Jacobs, won a Grammy Award in 1997. She performs and records for the Harmonia Mundi label.



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 de Dijon, National Center of Performing Arts in Beijing, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Theatro Municipal  de São Paulo and Sala São Paulo.

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


baroque violin

Giovani dos Santos holds a BA in Music from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, where he was supervised by Hella Frank and Fredi Gerling. In a brief stay in Germany between 2011 and 2012, he took classes with Michael Gehlmann, in addition to participating in the Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie, at the invitation of Leon Spierer, head of the Berlin Philharmonic. He then improved with Emanuelle Baldini, spalla at OSESP.

He participated in dozens of music festivals and masterclasses throughout Brazil, notably the full scholarship at the Campos do Jordão Festival 2015 and the selection as a spalla in the Academic Orchestra of the SESC Pelotas International Music Festival in 2013 and 2018.

He currently performs intense orchestral and chamber activity, integrating the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, ULBRA Chamber Orchestra, Bach Brasil Ensemble and Trio Scherzo. He has actively participated in the historically informed performance scene in Brazil, where he has recorded alongside names such as Fernando Cordella, Luís Otávio Santos, Ricardo Kanji and Gabriella di Laccio.


artistic direction and harpsichord

He is considered one of the most active harpsichordists of his generation in Latin America. In 2015, he received the TOYP JCI Brasil award as the most expressive figure in Brazil of the year, in the “Cultural Success” category. Artistic director and principal conductor of the Bach Porto Alegre and Bach-Brasil Society. Since 2016, he has been the teacher of the harpsichord class at EMMSP – Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo and one of the coordinators of the Baroque Music Workshop at the same institution.

He has acted strongly as a soloist and guest conductor in the main orchestras in Brazil and abroad. Acted under the direction of: Peter van Heyghen, Nathalie Stutzmann, Luiz Otávio Santos, Michaela Comberti, Olivia Centurioni, Bart Naessens, Roman Garrioud, Juan Manuel Quintana, Rodolfo Richter, among others.

He began his studies with the pianist Dirce Knijnik, and on the harpsichord he had Nicolau de Figueiredo as his main teacher. Winner of the Açorianos Award 2011 as the best performer in the classical music category for the album “CRAVOS – de Frescobaldi a Mozart”.


Artistic direction:Fernando Cordella

Audiovisual and communication direction:Gaius Ammon

Direction and Sound Engineering:Fabiano Cordella

Executive direction:Fabio Ramos

Production direction:Ilton Carangacci

Audio Assistant:Graziele Huning

Photography Direction:Arion Engers

Video team:Pedro Locatelli, Deise Hauenstein, Marcelo Freire, Henrique Strieder

Stage assistant:Matheus Goelzer

Illuminator: André Hanauer

Communication team:Marcelo Freire and Mariana Rosa

Press office:carangacci music

Audiovisual and content producer:EROICA content

President of the Bach Society Brazil:Jonas Badermann

Financing: Patrons and supporters of the Bach Society Brasil

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