New York Philharmonic Principal Cello Carter Brey will perform Bach's Complete Cello Suites at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. This program marks Carter Brey's first time performing Bach's Cello Suites as a complete set. Both concerts are sold out, but names are being taken for a waiting list.
Mr. Brey will perform the cycle using two cellos outfitted in the style of a Baroque instrument, one of which is a five-stringed instrument for the Sixth Suite. He will also perform on a cello with a Baroque setup during the orchestral programs of The Bach Variations: A Philharmonic Festival, March 6-April 6, 2013.
"I didn't arrive at an approach [for the Fourth Suite] that satisfied me until I started playing it on a Baroque instrument, and then I realized that I could take a lute-like approach," Mr. Brey said. "I'm taking myself on a challenging trip and inviting people to come along. I hope they enjoy it half as much as I do."
The Bach Variations marks the first time the New York Philharmonic has presented a festival of the music of the Baroque master. Four orchestral programs will be led by different conductors - Masaaki Suzuki, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Labadie, and András Schiff - each bringing a different perspective to the composer's works. Pianist András Schiff will conclude the festival in his Philharmonic conducting debut, April 3-6, 2013.
- New York Philharmonic Offstage Carter Brey, cellist/speaker Isabelle Faust, violinist/speaker Jeff Spurgeon, host
Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The event will include brief performances by each speaker.
David Rubenstein Atrium, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets
New York Philharmonic Offstage events are free and seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.