About Bach+ – Fall 2016

Our Bach+ series begins in October! 

Thursday, Oct. 13th, Nov 3rd and Dec 1st at 6:15 PM @ St. Anne’s Church

Live Arts Maryland’s Bach+ series explores the infinite creativity and joy that is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.  Now entering its third year, Bach+ offers much more than performances of Bach’s music within a beautiful environment (even though we are privileged to perform in historic St. Anne’s Church).  Bach+ is about communication—exploring the musical dialogue among Bach and those who came before him as well as those who were influenced by him or respond to his music—and collaboration—between performers and the audience as well as among performers working in variety of genres

The 2016-2017 season of the Bach+ series offers two parallel but different areas for exploration:

  1. The first area looks at ways that early music inspires modern genres – in particular, jazz and folk – with programming that plays at the intersection of practiced performance and improvisation.

October 13 – Our season opens with jazz pianist Dan Tepfer, who “combines superb technique with a complex set of impulses: he’s a deeply rational improviser drawn to the unknown” (New York Times), will present his version of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which features a complete performance of the Goldberg interspersed with Dan’s improvisations on each of Bach’s variations.  Of his recording of the Goldberg, the Village Voice wrote “…on the classical side, the 60 tracks are a blend of grace and power. On the jazz side, they’re built with daring and élan. It’s easy to respect both.”

November 3 – We welcome Piotr Pokhamkin, 2016 Respighi Prize Winner, Guitar, to St. Anne’s.  Hailed by the Baltimore Sun as an artist of “formidable talents,” Russian-American guitarist Piotr Pakhomkin has performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, Jordan Hall in Boston, Mimara Concert Hall in Croatia, Teatro Pablo de Villavicencio in Mexico, D.B. Clarke Auditorium in Canada, New York’s Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture and Panama’s historic National Theater. He was also a featured soloist for the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Guitar Society, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, Waterford Series, LiveArts Maryland, Washington County Museum Fine Arts Series and as a concerto soloist with the McLean Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfonica de las Artes and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. Canfali Edition wrote of his recent May 2016 solo performance in Spain: “His neat execution and mastery of the instrument impressed the audience, who cheered the artist.” 

  1. The second area looks at two of the major influences on J.S. Bach as a young composer along his pathway of “becoming Bach.”

December 1 – J. Ernest Green leads the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, members of  the Annapolis Chorale Chamber Chorus and St. Anne’s Senior Choir, and guest soloists in Abendmusik, featuring the music of Dietrich Buxtehude, with whom Bach studied in Lübeck in 1705-1706 and whose famous Abendmusik concerts at the town’s Marienkirche Bach likely encountered during his travels.

Finally, this season will feature two new additions to Bach+ programming:

  • an “Emerging Artists” concert, featuring a performance by an up-and-coming ensemble
  • a mini-festival in March, in conjunction with the Annapolis Chorale performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers (Vespro della Beatta Vergine, 1610).

So join in our musical conversations as we explore these intriguing and inspiring influences both of Bach and on Bach.

As always, come as you are, pay as you can.  What’s important is that we take the time to experience this music together in a collaboration of performer and listener.

See you there!

Ernest Green and Larry Molinaro, co-directors, Bach+