Feb 27

Chamber Classics Series

Bach Concerto for Two Violins


Sunday, February 27, 2022, 2:30pm | TICKETS


Bijou Theatre

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The “Double Concerto” is really a concerto grosso, in which a small solo group – the two violins – is contrasted with a larger group.

Aram Demirjian, conductor

I-Pei Lin, violin

Rachel Loseke, violin


IGOR STRAVINSKY                          Octet

J. S. BACH                                            Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH             Chamber Symphony Op. 73a

(arr. Barshai)


KSO violinists Rachel Loseke and I-Pei Lin make their KSO solo debuts on Bach’s indispensable Concerto for Two Violins, paired with two quirky, inventive Russian gems.


Why You Will Love This Program:

  • J.S. BACH. His music is evergreen, always sounding as fresh and vital as the day it was written.
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony is based on his Third String Quartet, which he dedicated to Beethoven. Though the musical language, itself, will not remind of Beethoven, the sudden and frequent shifts of mood, energy, and intensity absolutely will. If you like variety, this piece is for you.
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Octet might best be described as a musical curiosity. Not utilizing any string players, this piece, though written in the 1920s, was partially inspired by the music of J.S. Bach!


Musical Tasting Menu:

  • Exhale to the tension-releasing beauty of the Largo movement from Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins HERE.
  • Get a hint of the surprises Shostakovich has in store with the Chamber Symphony’s sinisterly playful first movement, cheekily titled, “Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm.”


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