Thursday, September 8, 2016
The Whistler House is proud to present From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals, & the Six Suites for 'Cello Solo. The event will feature a multimedia presentation by Steven Hancoff that will explain the pre-eminent and most profoundly serendipitous legend of Western Culture: that of Johann Sebastian Bach's Six Suites for 'Cello Solo.
Steven Hancoff is an accomplished guitarist whose work, ranging from ragtime to jazz to classical, has been critically acclaimed for decades. He served as an official Artistic Ambassador of the United States for fifteen years, traveling the world sharing American music with many different cultures.
Now, he will perform his latest project at the Whistler House. Hancoff has created a four-volume iBook titled Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for 'Cello Solo and a three-CD recording of From Tragedy to Transformation: Six Suites for 'Cello Solo by J. Sebastian Bach for Acoustic Guitar.
Learn about the life of Bach, the resurrection of his music by a teenage genius named Felix Mendelssohn, and how Hancoff himself became so engrossed with their stories. Roxane Assaf of the Huffington Post noted that "strains of music dovetail with what is the largest collection of Bach-inspired visual art ever amassed... It is an antique subject elegantly rendered in an impossible light 21st century container." Recipient of the National Humanities Medal Eva Brann calls Hancoff's performance "a delight to the ear, eye, and intellect."
We invite you to join us in reveling at the beautiful music and wonderful stories of Bach, Mendelssohn, and Hancoff during a delightful evening in the Parker Gallery.