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 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 first-hand.
Artistic Director and violist Caroline Lee is joined by violinist Alicia Yang and cellist Eric Gaenslen for this program.
Community Concerts at Epworth brings high quality performances of diverse styles and genres to our North Berkeley neighborhood in an accessible format. Concerts are about an hour in length and are presented without charge so that all can have access to great music.
Epworth United Methodist Church of Berkeley, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley 94707.
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