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"The Contest" - Four Historic Keyboards vie for Position
The Hope Center, Hope Lutheran Church
Palm Desert, CA
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You may purchase tickets at the door. We will hold a seat for you. And, we invite you to a pre-concert talk, by by Honorary Steinway & Sons Curator, Laurence Libin, former Curator, Historic Instrument Collection, NYC Metropolitan Museum. Be there by 6:00. Enjoy the evening with us!


"The Contest" - Four Historic Keyboards vie for Position

Desert Baroque expands its repertoire in this, third annual keyboard festival in the Coachella Valley, with a roster of concerts and classes in mid-February devoted to the Baroque harpsichord and the newly envisioned "harpsichord with loud and soft" - the Fortepiano. "BYE BYE BAROQUE" features 4 concerts, pre-concert talks and 3 masterclasses beginning with Valentine's day, Feb. 14. The third of these concerts falls into Desert Baroque's newly established tradition, " If One is Good, More is Better!" Four 18th Century keyboards playing in duo and quartet - a rare experience for players and audience alike.

Joined by a Classical ensemble in concerti by J.S. Bach - A Minor, for 4 keyboards, C.P.E. Bach for Fortepiano and Harpsichord, and a new work by Hirabayashi, six performing keyboardists combine in repertoire of the late 18th Century. The sound of much plucking - two harpsichords in Bach's Sonata in C Major; the sound of leather hammers on brass strings - 2 fortepianos, and the combination of both make this event a treat for eye and ear. Playing in the round, the performers create a focused but moving sound in an acoustically rewarding environment. Of special note in this unusual combination of instruments is a recent work composed for 4 harpsichords and string quintet in an avant-garde manner. The composer is delighted that we will substitute 2 of those harpsichords with fortepianos.Mujsic of Mozart and Haydn share the love.

Festival keyboardists include Monica Jakuc Leverett (Masssachusetts), Randall Love and Elaine Funaro (N. Carolina), Sonia Lee (Pasadena, CA) and Charles Metz and Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs. Ensemble players include Andrew McIntosh, Amy Wang, Sylvia Lee Mann, Gabriel Golden, John Barcellona.

Preceding the concert, at 6 pm, "Steinway History, Our History: Why it Matters and What to Do About It."  Laurence Libin, Honorary Curator, Steinway & Sons.


The Hope Center, Hope Lutheran Church (View)
45900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Festivals

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


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