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How Does Bach Do It?
Allen Theater at Berkshire School
Sheffield, MA
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How Does Bach Do It?
The Berkshire Bach Society presents a very special event which takes us to the heart of the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. This will be a concert with two of the most popular pieces Bach ever wrote: The "Wedding" Cantata and the Orchestral Suite No. 3.  But it will be a concert with a difference!  In the first half of the program, the two pieces will be explained to us by our guest lecturer, the extremely popular Professor Jeremy Yudkin.  Illustrations and examples for his explanations will be played by the orchestra and soloists.  Then in the second half, the works will be played all the way through, without interruption.  This is our chance to hear a Bach expert answer the question, "How Does Bach Do It?" and explain what makes the music of Bach so special.  The performers are also internationally-known experts in the performance of Bach.  You will hear both of these pieces played as you have never heard them before!  And, most likely, you will learn more about Bach than you have ever known before.  Don't miss this special event on April 28th at the newly renovated Allen Theatre at the Berkshire School, five minutes south of South Egremont, MA.

Professor Jeremy Yudkin is Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology and Professor of Music at Boston University.  He also serves as Affiliated Faculty of the Department of Judaic Studies and Associated Faculty of the Department of African American Studies. He has taught as Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Professeur Invité at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, France.  He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, a Class of 1960 Visiting Scholar at Williams College, a Fellowship at the Boston University Humanities Foundation, and a Research Fellowship from the Camargo Foundation. He served as Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University from 2006 to 2010. He is the author of eight books and an award-winning instructional video on the orchestra.  Professor Yudkin's principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, jazz, Bartok, and the Beatles.  Every summer in the Berkshires he is the Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.

The Boston-based ensemble Cambridge Concentus performs the vocal and orchestral repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. Its members feel that the performance of this music, despite being such a standard part of our repertoire, warrants a less standard approach. The performers of Cambridge Concentus are drawn from a new generation of early-music musicians committed to infusing recent scholarship with an energetic performance style. It is with this performance ideal that the ensemble performs the classic seventeenth and eighteenth-century works to critical acclaim. The Musical Intelligencer recently wrote: "this concert will emblazon Cambridge Concentus in my mind," while another lauded: "the lightness of playing once again caught me off-guard. Wonderful!" Cambridge Concentus, under the direction of their co-artistic advisor Joshua Rifkin, recently embarked upon a four-concert tour of Japan where a critic hailed their rendering of J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion as "an epoch-making performance."

"Pure and shining" (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Clara Rottsolk has been lauded by The New York Times for her "clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction" and by The Philadelphia Inquirer for the "opulent tone [with which] every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence." In a repertoire extending from the Renaissance to the contemporary, her solo appearances with orchestras and chamber ensembles have taken her across the United States and on to Japan and South America. She specializes in historically informed performance practice, and has been engaged by ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Bach Sinfonia, PiffaroThe Renaissance Wind Band, Les Délices, Handel Choir of Baltimore, Clarion Music Socitey, The Masterwork Chorus (Carnegie Hall debut) and Ensemble Florilège under the direction of conductors including Joshua Rifkin, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, John Scott, David Effron, and Andrew Megill.

She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Whidbey Island Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Música Barroca de Barichara (Colombia). In collaboration with fortepianist Sylvia Berry and guitarist-lutenist Daniel Swenberg, Ms. Rottsolk has given recitals of 18th and 19th century song in venues including the Goethe-Institut Boston, St. Mark's Church Philadelphia and Swarthmore College. Among her stage roles are Micaëla (Carmen), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Arminda (La finta giardiniera) and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief).

Her "supple and stylish and unflaggingly attractive" (Gramophone Magazine) recording of Scarlatti Cantatas with Tempesta di Mare is available on the Chandos-Chaconne label. Highlights of her current season include her Lincoln Center solo debut with Clarion Music Society, Charpentier's Orphée with Magnificat Baroque Ensemble, Handel's Semele in Baltimore, and a mid-western tour of French baroque cantatas with Les Délices.

A native of Seattle, Ms. Rottsolk earned her music degrees at Rice University and Westminster Choir College, and was awarded for musical excellence by the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Northwest Region). Currently she is based in Philadelphia and teaches voice at Swarthmore College and the Lawrenceville School.

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Allen Theater at Berkshire School (View)
245 N Undermountain Road
Sheffield, MA 01257
United States


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Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Great Barrington, MA United States
Apr 27, 2012 4:03 PM
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Apr 27, 2012 11:47 AM
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