Bach Family Album

  • 2012-2013 Season



Sunday, March 10, 2013, 3:00 PM


Dolan Hall, College of St. Elizabeth


Adult: $35, Senior: $25, Student: $5

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Thank you for your patience and understanding!

An afternoon of the marvelous music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his talented son.   

Enjoy Bach's magical keyboard concerti performed by international recording artists  (Dorian Sono Luminus, NAXOS) Beatrice and Christina Long.  Included will be concerti for one and for two pianos!

Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH:  Sinfonia #1
Johann Sebastian BACH:  Piano Concerto in F minor
Johann Sebastian BACH:  Concerto for 2 pianos in C
Johann Sebastian BACH:  Concerto for 2 pianos in C minor
Georg Philipp TELEMANN: 
Concerto for Flute and Bassoon

The concert opens with an interesting work by Johann Sebastian's successful composer/son Carl Phillipp Emanuel BACH - his Sinfonia #1.   The work is for full mid-eighteenth century orchestra of flutes/oboes/bassoons and strings.

Georg Philip TELEMANN might not have been direct kin, but was certainly a member of the Bach family - a close friend and godfather to several of Johann's children, including CPE!    Telemann and Bach remained close, even though in some instances they were competing for work.   Telemann's Concerto for Flute and Bassoon will feature the orchestra's own Margaret Walker and Andrew Pecota as soloists.

Johann Sebastian BACH is represented by three keyboard concerti - BWV 1056, a solo concerto played by NAXOS recording artist Beatrice Longand two solo concerti (BWV 1060 and 1061) played by Beatrice and Christina Long - the Long Duo.

The duo is especially enthusiastic about the concert because they will be playing two concerti for two pianos by Johann Sebastian Bach—one in C and one in C minor.  The appearance at Dolan Hall will conclude a fall series of Bach programs for the sisters, which began in Dallas in September and included a concert at Jordan Hall, Boston, a first appearance for them.   The two sisters, from a highly-musical family in Taiwan, are the second and third siblings in a family of four girls, all of whom are steeped in the classical tradition. Their father, a chemical engineer by profession, was outstandingly interested in classical music.  Their mother was their first piano teacher.  Beatrice, who lives with her family in Short Hills, came to the United States as a young girl of 16 (after winning First Place in Taiwan National Competitions three times)  to further her piano studies.  She lived with relatives in Maryland, attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, through high school.  When she was ready for college, she enrolled in the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where she studied with such luminaries as Leon Fleisher.

Christina, who resides in Dallas, TX, with her family, including her mother, her husband and a young son, has a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from North Texas University and was on the faculty and Artist-in-Residence in several colleges, including Westfield (MA) College and Southeastern Oklahoma University  The sisters  formed the duo collaboration in l998 and have concertized throughout the world, including countries in Europe, Asia and across North America.

Beatrice says she becomes energized by Bach’s music.  She is enthralled with the ingenious precision of his compositions, despite the fact that they are quite involved.  She finds she is able to feel the beauty and the spirituality contained in them when she is at the keyboard.  The sisters have recorded several CD’s  with Naxos and Dorian Sono Luminus.   Their innovative programming that brings audiences new perspectives of both classical piano music and modern piano music has led to rave reviews from papers such as the Washington Post for “bringing new life to duo piano recitals.”

She and Christina won the prestigious Ellis Duo Piano Competition—the oldest duo piano competition in the United States in 1998, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs.   Held in Spartanburg, SC, the competition was an “intense experience.”  The Long sisters were the first winners to achieve first place since 1990.  In addition to the First Prize, they also received an award for “Best Performance of American Music.”

Beatrice came to playing Bach a few years ago when she suffered a back injury and was not able to propel herself across the keyboard for such composers as Rachmaninoff.  “When I am playing, however, the pain goes away,” she confided.  A particularly challenging time in her career came in 2001, after the terrorist attacks on September 11 when she had one week to prepare after another soloist suddenly backed out of the engagement.   

The relationship with Dr. Robert W. Butts and the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey began fortuitously earlier this year when Dr. Butts served as a judge for a national music competition for young international performing artists, held at Seton Hall University, sponsored by the National League of Performing Arts, of which Beatrice was co-founder. After the competition, they realized they had reason to be comfortable with discussing a future appearance for the Long Duo.  In the spring of this past year, Beatrice was a solo performer in a concert sponsored by the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey. Her appearance there was a critical and artistic success, paving the way for the November 11 concert, featuring the Long Duo.    Very much a woman of her era, Beatrice described Bach’s compositions as “cool pieces.”  “The Bach concerti for two pianos are unique,” she continued, “and they provide the opportunity for the listener to experience the richer sonic capability and complex polyphonic lines.” 



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