Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 5pm – 7pm
Eugene Drucker | Solo Violin Recital
Bach Sonatas and Partitas
Emerson String Quartet Co-Founder Eugene Drucker Performs Repeat of Smithsonian Solo Recital of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas
The Berkshire Bach Society presents nine-time Grammy Award winner Eugene Drucker, in a program of solo violin music by J.S. Bach and Paul Hindemith. Co-founder of the Emerson String Quartet and no stranger to Berkshire audiences, Drucker will perform Bach’s great works for solo violin that are classics of the modern violin repertoire, including the Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, the Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005, and the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, concluding with the great Chaconne.
Drucker will be performing on his Stradivarius, which was made in 1686, the year after Bach was born.
Last fall, Drucker presented the same program at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to great acclaim. The Smithsonian produces vibrant educational and cultural programming including concerts by the Emerson String Quartet, one of its resident ensembles.
Writing about the Chaconne, Johannes Brahms called it “for [him] one of the most wonderful, incomprehensible pieces of music…a whole world of deepest thoughts and the most powerful feelings.” As an added bonus, the program includes the slow movement from Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 31, No. 1, which bears a striking resemblance to the Prelude of Bach’s third Sonata. Drucker has lived with these works for a long time—he recorded the complete set for Novello some thirty years ago—and his performance this month promises to be an even deeper, more seasoned take on music that has intrigued and inspired him since his youth.
This two-hour performance offers an unforgettable exploration of Bach’s genius by one of the great violinists of our time. A Meet and Greet Reception with Drucker follows.
Preferred Seating $50 (available only by advance reservations)
Open Seating $25 / Berkshire Bach members $20 (available at the door or by advance reservations)
Advance Tickets: Open and Preferred (here)
Free for children under 18 and students with student ID.
The program is approximately two hours long, including the intermission, and will be followed by a Meet and Greet Reception.
First Congregational Church
251 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA