FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 26, 2019

Boston Early Music Festival presents French organ and harpsichord virtuoso Benjamin Alard in a program of works by J.S. Bach – Friday, March 15 in Boston

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ARTIST:

Benjamin Alard, harpsichord & organ (France)

WHEN:

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 8pm
First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston

PROGRAM: 

Johann Sebastian Bach : The Traveller

Part I: Harpsichord                       
J.S. Bach: Sonata in A Minor after J.A. Reincken, BWV 965
Bach: Chorale Ach Herr mich armen Sünder, BWV 742
Johann Pachelbel: Fugue in B Minor from the Weimarer Tabulatur
Bach: Partita sopra O Gott du Frommer Gott, BWV 767

Part II: Organ
Bach: Prelude in A Minor, BWV 569
Bach: Chorale Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
Bach: Chorale Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Bach: Fugue in b minor on a theme of Corelli, BWV 579
Bach: Chorale Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739
Bach: Toccata in D Major, BWV 912a

TICKETS:Tickets are priced at $20, $39, $51, and $70 each, and can be purchased at BEMF.org and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is available by calling 617-661-1812.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
A fast-rising star on the international stage, Benjamin Alard has been hailed for his “intellectual mastery” (The Globe and Mail) in his performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music. Join him in his BEMF concert series début for a journey through the great master’s music for harpsichord and organ. Before settling in Leipzig, Bach spent much of his early life traveling across Germany, gaining fame for his virtuosic keyboard playing. Bach immersed himself in the local German styles but just as eagerly exposed himself to music from Italy, France, and England. Experience the vivid contrasts of a youthful Bach’s intense keyboard writing, at turns electrifying and serene, as he explored – and often tried to surpass – these diverse influences.

ASSOCIATED EVENTS:
There will be a pre-concert talk at 7pm by John McKean, Professor of Music History, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Historical Performance at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Benjamin Alard’s principal passion has always been the music of J.S. Bach. He studied organ at the Conservatory of Rouen with Louis Thiry and François Ménissier, and harpsichord at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Jorg-Andreas Botticher, Jean-Claude Zehnder, and Andrea Marcon. In 2004, he was awarded first prize in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges for his interpretation of Bach. Today Mr. Alard divides his time between performing recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ, performing regularly in Europe, Japan, and North America. He often performs repertoire for two harpsichords, duos with violinist François Fernandez, and in various formations with the brothers Barthold, Sigiswald, and Wieland Kuijken. Since 2005 he has been a member of La Petite Bande, often conducting the group from the harpsichord. Mr. Alard has recorded for the Hortus, Alpha, and harmonia mundi labels, producing recordings that have consistently received high praise from the press and have been awarded multiple prizes.

RESOURCES:
Download artist photos: https://bemf.org/about-us/press-room/press-images/

BEMF’s 2018–2019 Season Press Release: https://bemf.org/about-us/press-room/pr-july-16-2018/

ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award-winning and four GRAMMY Award-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 20th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 9–16, 2019, and feature the fully staged North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s Orlando as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, Orchestra Director Robert Mealy, and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.

The 2018-2019 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, WGBH Radio Boston, and Harpsichord Clearing House, as well as a number of generous foundations and individuals from around the world.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email kathy@bemf.org.

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