Piedmont Chamber Music Festival
Bach's Six Sonatas For Violin and Keyboard
Wayne Lee and Juliana Han
Dec. 16 and 17
Wayne Lee and his wife Juliana Han, founders of the annual Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, have planned a special two-day event in Piedmont during the holidays.
Lee, a violinist, and Han, a pianist, will perform all six of Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard in two separate concerts at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, Saturday and Sunday, December 16-17.
The first three Sonatas will be performed on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., with the final three Sonatas being performed on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $25 for general admission, $15 for students, and $40 for tickets to both concerts.
Advance tickets and program information are available at:
About the Bach Sonatas
A recent blog by Han provides a look into the six Bach Sonatas and how she and Lee chose to perform them in back-to-back concerts.
“When two years ago Wayne decided to play all of J.S. Bach’s six works for solo violin over two concerts, my skepticism had two roots. First, the Bach solo violin works represent the pinnacle of artistic and technical writing for the instrument. There’s a good reason one is required for almost every violin audition and competition. The study of even one of the six can occupy a musician for years. To do all six at once seemed crazy.
My second concern was as an audience member. Two concerts of just one type of composition by one composer? Would I get bored? Would it all sound the same?
After attending both concerts, I am happy to report that my fears were completely unfounded. First of all, Wayne is an absolute violin beast, with a rare musicality and depth of insight that shows in everything he plays.
By listening to six distinct works of Bach over two evenings, I began to internalize his style, to hear increasingly more detail, and to dwell more fully in the moment of the performances. After a few minutes into Wayne’s cycle, I began to discern Bachian soundscapes - poignantly beautiful laments, vivacious celebrations, and heavenly visions. By the end of the concerts, I was listening completely differently.
Because of those solo Bach concerts, it was an easy decision to do this cycle of complete Bach sonatas for violin and keyboard. Bach is the perfect composer for performing cycles. He explores the full potential of each category .
These six violin and keyboard sonatas exemplify that mastery and creativity.