Bernard Chazelle is a Princeton computer scientist and a lover of Bach. He’s written, “Bach didn't regard himself as an artist but as a scientist, a cosmologist of music. Just as Newton had worked out the laws of planetary motion, so Bach set out to discover the laws of the musical universe.”
In a live taping of On Being, national public radio's program about the big questions at the center of human life, Chazelle will speak with host Krista Tippett about Bach’s human and aesthetic virtues, and how he inspires our own.
The evening will include live performances of Bach's monumental Chaconne for solo violin performed by Tim Fain, hailed for his "sheer youthful exuberance and dazzling technical skill" (Washington Post), and an excerpt of the Partita No. 2 in C minor for solo piano performed by Anna Polonsky, a “musician of exceptional refinement” (The New York Times).
Watch a live video webcast at 7pm:
This event is part of BACHSTOCK — WQXR’s month-long festival celebrating the music, life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach. Special features on-air, online at WQXR.org, and live events around NYC. A complete schedule is available at www.wqxr.org/bach.
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