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WQXR Presents: Bach Birthday Bash

Originally Aired: Thursday, March 21, 2019

WQXR Presents: Bach Birthday Bash

Overview

What do you get someone who’s turning 334? A party at The Greene Space, of course — featuring performances with musicians from across the musical spectrum!

Join us for this special evening as we celebrate the legacy of Johann Sebastian Bach. Participating artists include acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein with Ensemble Baroklyn; the Arturo O’Farrill Trio; and REBEL Baroque. Program to be announced.

Hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.

About the Artists

Brooklyn-based pianist Simone Dinnerstein is known for her “majestic originality of vision” (The Independent) and her “lean, knowing and unpretentious elegance” (The New Yorker). She first attracted attention in 2007 with her self-produced recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart. The New York Times called her “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.”

Arturo O’Farrill is a pianist, composer, educator and founder and Artistic Director of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner and The Greene Space’s current Artist-in-Residence.

Hailed by The New York Times as “sophisticated and beguiling” and praised by the Los Angeles Times for their “astonishingly vital music-making,” the award-winning, New York-based ensemble, REBEL Baroque (pronounced “Re-BEL”) is one of North America’s top-tier ensembles specializing in 17th- and 18th-century repertoire performed on period instruments.

Program
Sonata in G major for two violins and basso continuo, BWV 1039
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Concerto No. 5 in F minor for Keyboard and Strings 

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