Wednesday, November 19, 2014

C.P.E. Bach at 300 Festival

C.P.E. Bach at 300 Festival

presented by the FSU College of Music and the Tallahassee Bach Parley


C. P. E. Bach is having a 300th birthday party in Tallahassee! The “C. P. E Bach at 300 Festival” features three days of concerts and lectures that celebrate the life, music, and influence of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the fifth child of Johann Sebastian Bach, born 300 years ago in 1714. The festival is presented through a partnership with the FSU College of Music and the Tallahassee Bach Parley, and will take place from Friday, November 21 until Sunday, November 23.


Most of the performances will be on period instruments, including fortepiano (an early incarnation of the modern piano), clavichord (a delicate, intimate, soft-sounding keyboard instrument), along with harpsichord, organ, modern and baroque flutes, period stringed instruments, and guest artist Josh Lee on viola da gamba. Special guest Mark Knoll, a founder of the Tallahassee Bach Parley and FSU College of Music alumnus, will be returning to give the keynote lecture and musical commentary for the concerts. By using period instruments, the musicians will recreate the music using the same tools as when it was first written. History and music will come to life with commentary about the pieces and lectures to provide insight into the works and world of C. P. E Bach.


The festival will begin on Friday evening at 5:30PM with an intimate clavichord performance by Charles Brewer at FSU in the Kuersteiner Music Building lounge (limited seating), followed by the 6:30PM lecture “C. P. E. Bach at 300, An Overview: Life, Family, Works, Reception” in Lindsay Recital Hall by visiting scholar Mark Knoll, founder of Steglein Publishing and an editor of the new C. P. E. Bach edition through the Packard Humanities Institute.


On Saturday, Dr. Knoll will give a 6:00PM pre-concert lecture followed by a 7:00PM concert of chamber, vocal, and solo keyboard music, including fortepiano, organ, and harpsichord in Opperman Music Hall, FSU. This concert will feature FSU College of Music faculty members Sarah Eyerly (soprano), Joel Hastings (fortepiano), Eva Amsler (modern and baroque flute), Iain Quinn (organ and harpsichord), along with  FSU student performers.


In the final concert on Sunday at 3:00 PM, the Tallahassee Bach Parley will join forces with members of the FSU Baroque Ensemble for orchestral and chamber music. Kim Jones will be featured in C. P. E. Bach’s Concerto in A Major for cello, and the large ensemble will also play the Berlin Symphony in G Major. For the chamber music portion, guest artist Josh Lee will perform a viola da gamba sonata, and Eva Amsler, Melissa Brewer, Iain Quinn, and Valerie Arsenault will play duos, trios, and a quartet. The Tallahassee Bach Parley performs at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 211 North Monroe St. in Tallahassee.


"This three- day festival is an exciting partnership between the FSU College of Music and the Tallahassee Bach Parley," says Bach Parley music director Valerie Arsenault. "FSU music faculty and students, guest artists from out of town, and Tallahassee community musicians will join forces to present the music and world of C. P. E. Bach.”


All “C. P. E. Bach at 300” festival events at the FSU College of Music are free and open to the public. A donation of $10 is suggested for the Sunday Tallahassee Bach Parley concert, and free childcare is also available for the Parley concert. For additional information about the festival or the Tallahassee Bach Parley, visit or email The FSU College of Music publicity office can be reached at 850-644-4774 or


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