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The Bach Cello Project presented by principal cellists of the North Carolina Symphony | Feb 21

PengLi - Bonnie Thron - Elizabeth Beilman

PengLi - Bonnie Thron - Elizabeth Beilman

Are you ready for something to warm and inspire you during these cold winter days?!!

Bonnie Thron and Peng Li will be joining me for our third and FINAL Bach Cello Project concert! It will take place this Sunday, February 21 at 2:30 P.M. at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Raleigh. For this concert, we will be performing the last three suites (4-6) in sequence, so that you can hear the amazing development of ideas and colors which J.S. Bach explored.

It is hard to believe what Bach was able to communicate, given the limitations of one unamplified instrument with four strings (usually played a note at a time). One can hear a cathedral of full harmonies, fountains of building rhythmic motives and the whole range of human emotion. Up until the time of the great cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973), these suites were not often played in public. They were thought of as too difficult and were used mainly as etudes for the development of a student’s technique. Casals brought the suites out of obscurity and into the public eye, where they have remained ever since.

Christ Church is a truly special place to hear this fine music. An old, historic church with lots of dark wood and stone work, it is a beautiful, warmly resonant space. With a magnificent pipe organ in full view up in the choir loft, one remembers that Bach’s inspiration for much of his instrumental music was the organ.

Please join us for this concert! In lieu of admission, we are requesting contributions to the Community Music School which provides instruments and music lessons to young people in under-served areas of Raleigh.

Concert 3

Suites # 3, 5 and 6 for Unaccompanied Cello

Sunday, February 21 2010

2:30 P.M.

Christ Episcopal

120 E. Edenton St.

Raleigh, NC 27601

(919) 834-6259

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