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with John McKean, harpsichord and Salomé Gasselin, viola da gamba

Martin BernsteinI’m going to share some of my favorite music, together with some very good musicians and friends. I don’t have any reason to be playing these pieces all together, except that I like them. I also think they give me a chance to share something of myself with you all, the way I know Arthur and Salomé will with me. I always tell stories when I play, so this time I’m going to try and tell a few about myself, and my relationship to this all. There’s maybe some self-indulgence behind that, but it’s mostly because this music is really so intensely personal - and I wonder if sharing like this is maybe the only way to play it. My hope is that everyone will hear at least one thing they’ve never heard before - a piece (from Naples perhaps, by Niccola Fiorenza or Luigi Rossi), or an arrangement (maybe of keyboard works from Jacques Boyvin or Marin Marais), or less impressively and more importantly a note, from Claude Benign Balbastre, or a turn of phrase, from Jean Baptiste Quentin. Mostly, I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I imagine that we will. See you then.

Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 pm
Church of the Epiphany
East 74th Street and York Avenue

All seats general ~ $25
Students/Under 25 ~ $15
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