Bach Society Blends Bach and Jazz at Gustavus

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

Although Baroque and Jazz music are from completely different historical eras, their musical similarities are notable. 2014 marks the third year that the Bach Society of Minnesota and the Jazz trio Framework have collaborated to musically explore and celebrate these similarities. On Friday, February 28, the two ensembles will bring their special collaboration to Bjorling Recital Hall on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus. The performance is part of the College’s annual Gustavus Artist Series and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall. Tickets are available at www.gustavustickets.com or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

This vibrant, collaborative concert will warm your historical chords. Audience members, both Bach lovers and Jazz fans, from past concerts have commented on the fun they have had at these concerts, as well as their desire to hear more.

The Framework Jazz Trio

The Framework Jazz Trio

Bach Society musicians Paul Boehnke, harpsichord (http://www.paulboehnke.com/); Jin Kim, violin (http://www.musicaglorifica.com/); and Julie Elhard, viola da gamba (http://www.julieelhard.com/) are all distinguished Baroque musicians living and performing in the area. The musicians of the Jazz trio Framework, including Chris Olson, guitar (http://www.mcnallysmith.edu/faculty/christopher-olson); Chris Bates, bass (http://www.chrisbatesmusic.net/bio/); and Jay Epstein, percussion (http://jayepstein.weebly.com/bio.html) are among the best in the Twin Cities. Together, these two ensembles have teamed up to offer the audience a great time as these historically significant musical genres, in the capable hands of theses two groups, have  melded. And this year we welcome saxophonist Pete Whitman (http://petewhitman.com/), adding the distinctive tone quality of a single reed instrument to the mix.

The mission of the Bach Society of Minnesota is to build a community gathered to hear, perform, and promote the music of J.S. Bach. Working together, the Society aims to encourage musicians, invigorate the audience, and build cooperation and partnerships with other community organizations. With a grant from the the Minnesota State Arts Board and Minnesota’s Legacy Funds, the Society’s mission to present their music around the state has been realized. Friday’s concert is made possible, in part, by funds from these two agencies.

The Friday, February 28, performance by the Bach Society of Minnesota and the jazz trio Framework will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bjorling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus. Tickets are available at www.gustavustickets.com or by calling 507-933-7590. Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the concert.

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