The Goldberg Variations Demystified

Thursday, July 30, 7:30 pm at Hyde Hall

Bradley Brookshire (credit-Erin Baiano)

Bradley Brookshire performs Bach’s ambitious and colorful set of variations on a two-manual harpsichord. In brief comments between variations, he lovingly debunks virtually everything you have ever heard about the piece.

“Many have played the Goldberg Variations, but few with Brookshire’s imagination and brilliance” -Seen and Heard International

BRADLEY BROOKSHIRE is an assistant conductor and harpsichordist at the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan, where he has performed in six productions so far, including The Enchanted Island,  Handel’s Rodelinda, Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and Mozart’s La clemenza di  Tito. He has recorded for Sony Classical, BBC Records, Vox Classics, Opus 111 (Paris), and Music and Arts. His study on William Byrd’s ‘Walsingham’ Variations,” was recently published in  Walsingham in Literature and Culture from the Middle Ages to Modernity (Ashgate). Mr.  Brookshire is currently at work on a biography of the pianist Edwin Fischer. He teaches music history, historical performance practice, and counterpoint at SUNY Purchase. SUNY awarded him its Chancellor’s Award in 2004.

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