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Music at the Library: Bachanalia – The Intimate Bach

January 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Explore the private world of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Join us for a glass of wine, a world class performance and fine charcuterie. To purchase tickets call 843-906-3521 or click here.

The Bach Society of Charleston’s Bachanalia is back with The Intimate Bach, featuring Juilliard School of Music faculty member and director of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Phoebe Carrai. In addition to performing Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1 in G Major on her baroque instrument, she will illuminate the mysteries surrounding the cello suites and how and where they were intended to be performed. Intimate chamber music and harpsichord works by Bach’s contemporaries, Tomaso Albinoni, Antonio Caldara, and Handel will follow, in which Carrai will be joined by the Society’s artistic director, countertenor Ricard Bordas, and Daniel Sansone on harpsichord. This feast of Baroque music will conclude with a reception featuring European wines and comestibles.

Inaugurated last year with a sell-out event, the Bachanalia is a program celebrating the lives and works of Bach and his contemporaries in the historic setting of the Charleston Library Society. With commentary from celebrated scholars and music played on period instruments by musicians who have performed at international music venues including Milan’s La Scala, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore and Royal Albert Halls, and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bachanalia offers extraordinary music and scholarship to Charleston audiences.

The program offers a prelude to the Society’s eighth Bach Festival, which will honor the 1670 settlement of Charles Towne Landing by featuring composers born in the same year (including Caldara), as well as music originally performed by renowned vocalists born in 1670.

For information and tickets for the Bachanalia and the 2020 Bach Festival: Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Charles Towne Landing, visit www.bachsocietyofcharleston.org or call 843-906-3521.


January 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm