On Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3pm, harpsichordists Michael Bahmann and Paul Cienniwa will collaborate in a performance of J.S. Bach’s complete “Art of Fugue.” The concert will be preceded by a 2:30pm pre-concert lecture given Dr. Paul Cienniwa. A 30th Anniversary Gala Reception will follow the concert in celebration of 30 years of Music at St. Paul’s. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door on the day of the concert. For more information on this event and Music at St. Paul’s 30th Anniversary Season, visit music.stpaulsdelray.org. St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible.
“Art of Fugue” is Bach’s testament to the craft of writing in multiple voices. Considered the greatest achievement of the prolific composer’s large catalogue, the work was never completed, leaving us to wonder how much more Bach had in store for his audience. “In many ways, ‘Art of Fugue’ is a sampler of polyphonic technique,” says harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. “Bach set out to show us how many elaborate and elegant ways he could take a simple melody and turn it into something very special. Because the work was written within ten years of his death–and not completed–we are left with the feeling that this is Bach’s last will and testament. As director of Music at St. Paul’s, I feel that this program is a wonderful tribute to longevity, and we will celebrate that longevity after the concert with a 30th Anniversary Gala Reception!”