Bach in the Dark

Bach in the Dark


Champagne and 3 Course Dinner & Concert
Tickets $80 Bookings in the Cafe or phone 02 238 1688

David Pereira and Rachel Scott
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Béla Bartok, D. Gabrielli, & J.J.F. Dotzauer

The Menu

Entrée in the Gallery

Calamari Canapes, Fish Pieces, Vegetable Fritters, Spiced Meat Balls, Smoked Salmon Crostini

Main Course in the Café

Poached Chicken with Mash, Vegetables and Mustard Cream Sauce


Fig, Pecan and Date Pudding with Cream and Berries

Vegetarian meals available on request

Champagne and Entrée in the Gallery
Main Course and Dessert in the Café
Seated Concert in the Gallery’s Octagon ArtSpace

J.S.Bach Cello Suite No 1 in G Major, BWV 1007:I Prelude

The Concert Program in The Gallery’s Octagon ArtSpace

D. Gabrielli

J.S. Bach (arr. – Bilger)
Little’Fugue in G minor (BWV 578)

J.S. Bach (arr. – Vargal)
From Suite No. 5 in C Minor (BWV 1011)

J.S. Bach (arr. – Anon.)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
From Cantata 147

J.S. Bach /David Pereira
Soliloquy A 3

J.J.F. Dotzauer
Adante Con Variazoni
based on the aria ‘La ci darem la mano’ from Don Giovanni

Béla Bartok (arr. Kurz)
Four Duos fro Two Violins (Sz, 98, BB 104)
Parnas Tanc – Szunyotanc – Lakodalmas – Ruten Kolomejka

Elena Kats-Chernin
Phoenix Story
Tears from Above – Courting the Dragon

David Pereira

“Sometimes it is important to state the obvious. David Pereira is in the form of his life. His cello playing combines a real emotional truth and depth with complete technical mastery. It is like watching the perfect distillation of cello playing.”
Chris Latham -Artistic Director, Canberra International Music Festival 2014

“Across his 30-year career, David Pereira has commissioned, performed and recorded more cello music than perhaps any other Australian cellist: from the solo suites of Bach to Rautavaara and the Russian romantics, to the ever-expanding Sculthorpe repertoire and dozens of works by other Australians.”
Vincent Plush - The Australian 2012

From 1990 to 2008 was Senior Lecturer in Cello at the ANU School of Music. In 2010 David received the City News Artist of the Year Award, having been selected by The Canberra Critics’ Circle – ‘for making his mark on music in Canberra and the immediate region with his cello-focused David Pereira Cello Series, which demonstrated his ability to interpret different compositional styles; and for his encouragement of young associate artists which stamps him as an outstanding figure in the Canberra arts scene.’

A versatile cellist
During the last forty years David has established himself as an outstandingly versatile and leading cellist with appointments to top professional positions. He was for eleven years cellist of the Australia Ensemble (resident at the UNSW), for seven years Principal Cellist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and for three years Principal Cello with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

In September 2001 he performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival’s special celebration of Australian music in Wales. He has played and taught at the Australian National Academy of Music and at many Australian Youth Orchestra activities.

He has played with Flederman, The Seymour Group, The String Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Australian String Quartet among others.

David Pereira graduated with the Performer’s and Teacher’s Diplomas from the Sydney Conservatorium as ‘Student of the Year’ after several years’ tuition with John Painter. Then followed four years at Indiana University with Fritz Magg, the completion of a Masters Degree in Cello Performance, and much professional playing experience.

As concerto soloist David has appeared with the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand and has made countless recordings of solo and chamber music, many of which have won awards. David has published three books on cello playing and pedagogy and a volume of original cello studies. He is also a qualified yoga instructor.

David plays a wonderful old Italian cello by Guidantus dated from 1730, generously on loan from the family of Nick Holmes.

Rachel Scott

Rachel is known for her unconventionality – in programming, choice of artists, venue choices and delivery in concerts. She believes concerts are a time of celebration –m of sharing and enjoying.

Rachel studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. Rachel is the founder of the highly successful and innovative ‘Bach in the Dark’ concert series, through which she presents regular concerts with some of Australia’s best chamber musicians, actors and visual artists.

Rachel’s role as education manager for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) means that she continues to provide underprivileged children with ongoing access to a quality music experience in the classroom, often training teachers as well. She also works closely with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), facilitating interactive concerts and workshops throughout Australia that bring together children and orchestral musicians. Rachel has also spent considerable time in East Timor as part of Mary McKillop International for whom she trained music teachers with the goal of independent delivery of music in primary schools in Dii and throughout Timor. Rachel is now resident in Sydney and is in constant demand as a chamber musician and coach.

Wednesday 08 June 2016