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Back for Breakfast Part 2


Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts Thursday, August 17 | 10AM | Tent at Camden Public Library Amphitheatre


Part 2 of a series of morning lecture recitals 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.

This is the first of two sessions delving into Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, two collections of preludes and fugues in all 24 major and minor keys for keyboard. Known as the “48,” this monumental work is one of Bach’s masterpieces and one of the greatest works for keyboard in the Western canon. Countless musicians, from Robert Schumann to Pablo Casals have considered it their “musical Bible,” and have studied it and played from it on a daily basis. Thursday’s session will focus on Book I, composed in 1722.

The lecture recital is presented by Steinway Artist Jacquelyn Helin, who consistently wins acclaim for her vibrant playing in the major musical capitals of Europe and across the United States. A committed music educator, Ms. Helin regularly presents popular lecture-recitals and has led hundreds of workshops for organizations including Lincoln Center Institute, the 92nd Street Y, and the Smithsonian Institution.

PROGRAM A selection of Preludes and Fugues from BACH’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1

Thursday, August 17 | 10AM

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