“To Be Bach or Not to Be Bach” is a program of three works for violin and harpsichord that have been attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach. Their BWV catalog numbers suggest that they are original compositions by the famed composer —but are they? Performed on period instruments, this program paints a picture of the musical world in which Bach lived.
BACH Suite for Violin and Harpsichord in A Major, BWV 1025
BACH Sonata for Violin and Continuo in C Minor, BWV 1024
BACH Sonata for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord in E Major, BWV 1016
III. Adagio ma non tanto
"Celestial Suite" explores the work of five astronomers: Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilee, Isaac Newton, Edwin Hubble, and Stephen Hawking. Set against visuals from real astronomical images, each movement features narrator Kyle Kremer drawing connections between music and science. Following the performance, the audience is invited to join Kyle for an informal Q&A and telescope viewing of the night sky.
JAMES STEPHENSON Celestial Suite for Brass Quintet
When the pandemic hit, musicians all around the world were challenged to explore and create in new ways, and many turned back to neglected solo repertoire. Evin Blomberg, a violinist for the Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra, presents the culmination of her artistic journey in a virtual program for solo violin.
KREISLER Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice, Op.6
YSAŸE Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”
WYNTON MARSALIS Fiddle Dance Suite for Solo Violin
II. As the Wind Goes
BACH Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Ernst Toch's life and work are explored in historical context as pianist Makiko Hirata performs pieces in chronological order with narration from Toch's grandson, author Lawrence Weschler. The program goes from the beginning with the Brahms and Mozart of Toch's early days in Europe through Toch's very last piano pieces written in Southern California in 1962.
BRAHMS Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, No. 1
MOZART Minuet in D Major, K. 355/576b
SCHOENBERG Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11
I. Mässige Viertel
TOCH Burlesken, Op. 31
TOCH Profiles, Op. 68
TOCH Reflections, Op. 86