Baroque Music on Period Instruments


Musical Offerings & Membership Reception

June 7, 2015, 03:00 PM
St. John's Episcopal Church

The Tallahassee Bach Parley will finish their concert season by diving into the inner workings of “The Musical Offering,” J. S. Bach's collection of various pieces using a single musical theme, a fitting conclusion to the “Bach and Sons” programming for the Parley’s 34th year. This concert will also feature a newly reconstructed wedding cantata by J. S. Bach, and a wedding prelude aria by C. P. E. Bach. The Bach Parley performers are Carla Connors, Julia Di Fiore, Karl Barton, Valerie Arsenault, Miriam Barfield, Minyoung Cho, Caroline Holden, Brian Arsenault, Kim Jones, Evan Jones, and Iain Quinn.

The French word “parley” means discussion and a key element of Bach Parley concerts is the commentary from Music Director and violinist Valerie Arsenault to discuss historical context for the composers and their world and to offer suggestions about what to listen for in the music. This “parley,” or discussion, helps paint a complete picture of the music and sets the stage for each piece. J. S. Bach’s “Musical Offerings” will offer a lot of interesting facts to explore.

“Many of the Musical Offering pieces are convoluted mathematical puzzles,” says Arsenault, “and we will present them in an accessible and friendly way.“ C. P. E. Bach, one of J. S. Bach’s most famous sons, worked for Fredrick the Great (Frederick II of Prussia), and in 1747 J. S. Bach traveled to visit his son and the court where Frederick challenged J. S. Bach to improvise on a single musical theme. Two months after the meeting, Bach re-worked and expanded his improvisations and published a set of pieces based on this theme that is now known as the “Musical Offering.”

The Tallahassee Bach Parley brings the music of Baroque-era composers like J. S. Bach to life by using historically informed performance practices. Using period-style instruments allows the Parley to present Baroque music as it was performed hundreds of years ago with a fresh sound that is immediately accessible today.

After the concert, guests will enjoy the Bach Parley’s annual membership reception for a chance to meet the musicians and talk with other guests. Additionally, the Tallahassee Bach Parley is partnering with four restaurants in the Tallahassee Downtown area, so concertgoers can bring an insert provided in the concert program to 101 Restaurant, Andrews Capital Grill & Bar, Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, or Jasmine Cafe’ for a 15% discount on fine dining after the concert.

All Tallahassee Bach Parley concerts (except "Kids Go for  B'roque") are held at St John's Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe St., Tallahassee, 32301.

View map here.

A $10 donation is suggested and appreciated; free childcare is available.

As always, the Tallahassee Bach Parley provides accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please notify the music director at 850-224-8025 or at least five working days prior to a concert if accommodation for disability or if a program in an alternative format is needed.

Dermatology Associates of Tallahassee   Hancock Bank

City of Tallahassee Leon County Council on Culture & Arts Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority CRA

This program sponsored in part by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, Tallahassee Downtown and the Council on Culture & Arts.