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Bach for Breakfast Part 1


Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts Wednesday, August 16 | 10AM | Tent at Camden Public Library Amphitheatre


Part 1 of our morning lecture recital series featuring multiple artists performing at our 2023 Screen Door Festival. This year, we consider works by J.S. Bach within the historical, stylistic and familial context in which he lived and worked, and explore how Bach’s compositional techniques convey his sense of profound optimism and faith.

In our first session, Bridget Kibbey and James Austin Smith explore transcriptions and arrangements that reimagine works on unexpected instruments, informed by Bach's own practice of changing the instrumentation of pieces as needed. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of creative adaptation and discuss how transcription can bring fresh perspectives to Bach's timeless music.

Bridget has been described as the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp” (Vogue Magazine) and “a beacon of comprehension” (Philadelphia Inquirer). James is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, co-principal oboist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the oboe and chamber music faculties of Stony Brook University and the Manhattan School of Music.

Zoot coffee and muffins are available before the concert.

PROGRAM BACH Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (transcribed by Bridget Kibbey) BACH French Suite in G Major, BWV 816 (transcribed by Bridget Kibbey) BACH Flute Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031 (arr. for oboe and harp)

Wednesday, August 16 | 10AM

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