Confessions of a Bachophile: The Brandenburgs This Week

jsbachIt isn’t every day that one gets to hear all six of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg concerti in a relatively short space of time, but fans of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will have the opportunity this week. On Thursday night’s concert, the orchestra will be offering the No. 4 in G Major, the No. 3 in G Major, and the No. 1 in F Major. Soloists in the No. 4 will be KSO flutists Ebonee Thomas and Jill Bartine, along with KSO concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz.

The Friday night performance will offer the No. 5 in D Major, No. 6 in B-flat Major, and the No. 2 in F Major. Violists Kathryn Gawne and Eunsoon Corliss will be heard in the No. 6. The No. 2 features Lefkowitz and Thomas, plus oboist Phylis Secrist and guest trumpet Ryan Beach, who is Principal Trumpet of the Indianapolis Symphony. Also performing on the two performances is guest harpsichordist Michael Unger. The conductor for the week is KSO resident conductor, James Fellenbaum.

Both evenings will open with two Leopold Stokowski transcriptions of Bach–the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor and the Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor.

Read my preview of the concerts in this week’s Metro Pulse.

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