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Listen to the Goldberg Trio streamed live at 12:30 pm Sunday, June 7, 2015.
Suite for viola alone by Quincy Porter
"Goldberg Variations" by J.S. Bach arranged for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky
Kangwon L. Kim, violin
Micah Behr, viola
Mark Bridges, cello
Named for harpsichordist Johann Goldberg, whom Bach offered a copy of his 30 variations on an original theme, the so-called 'Goldberg' Variations have become one of many example of Bach's towering genius. Beginning with a tranquil aria, Bach proceeds to use baroque dance forms, complex mathematical canons, fugues, and finally, a terrific mash-up of popular songs, to create a stunning and unsurpassed whole.
In 1984, after becoming obsessed with Glenn Gould's 1981 recording of the Variations, violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky created a string trio transcription of the work. Given both the revere for the original and the disdain of transcriptions, the international success of Sitkovetsky's work came as something of a surprise to him, and awoke a love for this work among string players.
Described in its first printing as "composed for connoisseurs, for the refreshment of their spirits," this monumental work does far more than merely appeal to aficionados--it teaches us what we ought to hunger after.
The concert will be broadcast live over the Internet in cooperation with Audio for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public; Chazen Museum of Art members may call 608-263-2246 to reserve seating.
Kangwon Lee Kim is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st century using both baroque and modern violins. She has given concerts throughout the U.S. and in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway and Czech Republic. She has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players and Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Menahem Pressler and Laurence Lesser. Ms. Kim earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also holds degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and Temple University. She served as Assistant Professor at Biola University and has also taught at Ripon College, the University of Pennsylvania and Lawrence University Conservatory. Currently, Ms. Kim is concertmaster of Madison Bach Musicians and teaches at Credo Chamber Music Camp during the summer. Ms. Kim lives in Middleton with her husband and two sons and keeps an active performing and teaching schedule.
Micah Behr recently received his DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied viola with Sally Chisholm and collaborative piano with Martha Fischer. He has performed viola at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Young Artist program in Germany, and the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and was a staff accompanist for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He maintains a string and piano studio in Madison, Wisconsin, where he also performs with the Madison Symphony, Madison Bach Musicians, and serves as the Artist-in-Residence for Geneva Campus Church.
Mark Bridges enjoys a diverse life as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and artist. A native of the Boston area, Mark received his bachelors degree from Boston University where he studied with David Soyer, and Leslie Parnas. While at BU, he formed the Arneis String Quartet with which he attended the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency in 2008. In 2010 Mark received his M.M. and Orchestral Studies Diploma from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Steven Doane and served as an orchestral fellow and member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Mark currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where he plays with local groups such as Sound Ensemble Wisconsin, the Oakwood Chamber Players, the Dubuque Symphony, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has played with members of the Muir, Pro Arte, and Borodin String Quartets and has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio and the CBC. He is currently working on his DMA with Uri Vardi at UW-Madison. He has served on the teaching faculty at University of Wisconsin-Platteville and runs his own studio in Madison. In 2014, he was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre.
Sunday Afternoon Live at the Chazen is a monthly music concert performed in the museum's Brittingham Gallery III on the first Sunday of every month (except January). Performances begin at 12:30. The gallery seats approximately 100 people; admission is free and first-come, first-served. Please note that Gallery III and the adjacent Gallery II are closed on Sunday before the performances for setup and rehearsal.
The eleven concerts will be live on the Internet. During the concert intermissions, the Chazen director will engage a visiting artist or curator in a conversation about an art display in the museum. These conversations, however, will only be accessible on the Internet.