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Guy Fishman -- Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello -- Mothers Day Concert Series

Johann Sebastian Bach, the complete suites for unaccompanied cello. 

Sunday, May 12

Concert 1 (Suites 4, 5, & 6) at 12:30

Concert 2 (Suites 2, 3, and 1) at 3:00

$25 per concert; $40 for both

RSVP by calling 508-636-4177 or by emailing

Bach composed his six suites for unaccompanied cello in 1720. Almost entirely forgotten after their composition, these works were first published as mere exercises a century after they were written and not performed in their entirety until the 20th century. Nevertheless, the suites now occupy the top tier of every cellist’s repertoire, and are celebrated in regular performances and dozens of editions and recordings. Guy Fishman, principal cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society, returns to the magnificent Dedee Shattuck Gallery to survey all six suites on his baroque cello, built in Rome in 1704, as well as on a five-stringed baroque cello, over two concerts in one day.  Celebrate Mother's Day on May 12, 2019 with the opportunity to hear all six of these masterworks, at 12:30 (Suites 5, 6, and 2) and 3:00 (Suites 4, 3, and 1).

Guy Fishman is Principal Cellist of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, the nation's oldest and longest continuously-running arts organization, founded in 1815.  He performs three of Bach's magnificent suites for unaccompanied cello on a spectacular instrument made by David Tecchler in Rome in 1704.  Boulder's Daily Camera raved of Guy's performance of the suites last summer, saying he "reached transcendence" with his playing.  The Boston Globe has praised the "plangent" quality of his playing, the New York Times has called it "electrifying," and Strad Magazine noted his "impressive..technical dexterity and surety."  Bach's works are masterpieces of Western Art music and are sure to move and delight.  

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