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The Charleston Symphony Orchestra presents

Bach’s Brandenburg

Ken Lam, Conductor
When
January 11, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
2020-01-11T19:30:00-05:00
2020-01-11T19:45:00-05:00
cost
$25-$114 (+applicable fees)
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Bach's Brandenburg @ Charleston Gaillard Center | Charleston | South Carolina | United States

It is difficult to imagine that anyone would ever consider the music of Johann Sebastian Bach overwrought and exaggerated, but this is indeed how many nineteenth century music critics interpreted his work. They labeled this period’s music “baroque,” stemming from the Portuguese word barroco, or “oddly shaped pearl.” Over time, music critics and audiences alike have come to regard Bach’s work as nothing short of genius, and the word baroque has shed its pejorative connotation to simply become the title for a period in music history.

After hearing Bach perform on the harpsichord in Berlin, the Margrave of Brandenburg commissioned Bach to send him original compositions to play at court. Bach in turn wrote six technically-complex, genre-bending concertos that today bear the name of their recipient, the BrandenburgConcertos. Enjoy an evening of groundbreaking and brilliant—but certainly not overwrought—baroque classics, featuring two of Bach’s six BrandenburgConcertos. 

ARCANGELO CORELLI
Concerto Grosso 

SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT
Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli  

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 

IGOR STRAVINSKY
Concerto in E-flat (“Dumbarton Oaks”)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Please note Orchestra Row DD will be the front row of seating for this performance.