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Goldberg Variations, strings attached

Community Concerts at Epworth

Community Concerts at Epworth Goldberg Variations, strings attached

J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations is considered by many to be an iconic masterwork of classical music literature. Written for solo harpsichord, its theme and 30 variations were composed in 1741 for Bach’s student, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who performed the piece to soothe his employer, the Russian ambassador Count Kaiserling, during his bouts of insomnia.

In 1984 Russian born violinist and conductor Dmitri Sitkovetsky transcribed the work for both string orchestra and string trio, giving string players a chance to experience this monumental work. Community Concerts' Artistic Director and violist Caroline Lee is joined by violinist Alicia Yang and cellist Eric Gaenslen for this program.

The theme of Community Concerts' 5th Season is Building Bridges, a look at how classical music links unlikely people together in a shared intimate experience. The series brings high quality performances of diverse styles and genres to our North Berkeley neighborhood in an accessible format. Concerts are about one hour in length and are presented without charge so that all can have access to great music.

The concert series is a community service of Epworth United Methodist Church of Berkeley, a Reconciling Congregation committed to justice for all people.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988