Violinist Jennifer Koh returns to the 92nd Street Y's Kaufmann Concert Hall on Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m. to present part two of her acclaimed Bach and Beyond three recital series that pairs Bach's six Sonatas and Partitas with contemporary works. For this recital, Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 and Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 will be juxtaposed with Bartók's Sonata and the New York premiere of Phil Kline's Partita for Solo Violin, which is a 92nd Street Y co-commission. The Kline Partita received its world premiere at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto in November 2012. This is Ms. Koh's second Bach and Beyond performance at the 92nd Street Y. The first recital in the series took place in January 2011, with the third and final recital in the series to be performed in the 2014/15 season.
Tickets are priced from $38 and are available from 92y.org or by phone, (212)-415-5500.
Ms. Koh launched Bach and Beyond in 2009 in commemoration of the 325th anniversary of Bach's birth. In addition to solo performances worldwide, the Bach and Beyond project has expanded into a recording project. In October 2012, Ms. Koh released the first of three recordings for Cedille Records based on the project. The works on the Bach & Beyond Part 1 recording are Bach's Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006, Eugène Ysaÿe's Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 27, Kaija Saariaho's Nocturne, Missy Mazzoli's Dissolve, O My Heart - a world premiere recording - and Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004. The recording was named one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2012 by the New York Times.
Ms. Koh says her goal with the Bach and Beyond project is to strengthen the connection between Bach's six Sonatas and Partitas to the present day by taking listeners on a historical journey of solo violin works and highlighting the very newest connections by commissioning new works by contemporary composers: "I believe that the music of today creates a thread to the past and reflects the whole range of who we have become as human beings."