Oktoberfest with Bach

buoyant German music and improvised live painting

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Saturday, October 2, 7:30pm

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General + Digital $30
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Join us for a feast for the eyes and ears!

Our return to the stage features German music and a new German harpsichord by John Phillips, along with improvised live painting by Kristina Libby. Music by Meder, Handel, Pisendel, Rosenmüller, of course our namesake, J.S. Bach, and a sonata by his older brother, Johann Jacob Bach.

Guest Artist: Kristina Libby

Kristina Libby

Kristina Libby is a painter and mixed media artist whose work blends abstraction and landscape. Fascinated with cultural and social transformation, her work has a strong social practice focused on broad cultural issues. She is best known for her work as the creator of the nationally recognized Floral Heart Project—a COVID-19 memorial public art project—which has now been absorbed by 1-800-Flowers. Libby’s work has appeared in the Arizona Historical Society, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and in NYC’s SPRING/BREAK art fair and other curated shows. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, PBS, ABC, the NY Post and many more. Additionally, she acts as a curator for organizations like Shutterstock and 1-800-Flowers who are interested in launching art engagements focused on social change. (llightvlight.com; IG: @lightvslight)


Johann Valentin Meder (1649–1719)
Trio Ciaconne, IJM 2 for two violins and continuo

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Trio Sonata in G major for two violins and continuo (Leipzig, c. 1736–41), BWV 1039

Johann Jacob Bach (1682–1722)
Sonata in C minor for violin and continuo

J.S. Bach
Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, BWV 992 for harpsichord

Johann Georg Pisendel (1688–1755)
Giga and Variation from Sonata for Violin Solo in A minor, JunP IV.2

J.S. Bach
Sonata no. 2 in A major, BWV 1015 (pre-1725, rev. pre-1740) for violin and harpsichord

Johann Rosenmüller (c. 1619–84)
Sonata no. 2 in E minor for 2 violins and continuo (Nuremberg, 1682)

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Passacaille and Gigue from Trio Sonata in G minor, op. 5, no. 4, HWV 399 for two violins, viola, and continuo


Nicholas DiEugenio


Jeffrey Grossman


Daniel S. Lee


Ezra Seltzer


Safety and COVID-19

We are planning a safe return to the concert hall, following all local and CDC guidelines, and will continue to monitor local conditions as concert dates grow near. All performers will be vaccinated, and we will also require all audience members to provide proof of vaccination (with a vaccine card, photo of a card, New York State Excelsior Pass, or the NYC Covid Safe app). We will communicate our protocols clearly at least two weeks before each concert. These may include requiring the audience and/or performers to be masked inside the venue, distancing between audience members and/or between the audience and performers, or limiting the number of concert attendees if necessary.

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2021–2022 Season

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