Free Library Series 2019

Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

These interactive lecture recitals each honed in on a certain facet of the cello’s story, exploring how the works of Nick DiBerardino and Ira Mowitz fit into the cello’s historical narrative. The series culminated in a recital on June 16, featuring the new commissions alongside staples from the solo cello repertoire.

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Suite Talk I: Prelude

February 23rd, 2019 - Music Department

How to listen like Bach. We examine how historically informed listening can deepen our experience of a piece in the concert hall. Excerpts by Gabrieli, Bach, and others reveal the rich 350-year history of the cello. Equipped with this new understanding, we hear two brand new works and start a conversation with their composers.


Suite Talk II: Dance

May 19th, 2019 - Music Department

How to dance like Bach. We discuss Bach’s dance suites in detail, how the form evolved through time, and how it guided and influenced music going forward. Together with the participants we investigate the connections between West African beats and dance rhythms of the 17th century French court!


Suite Talk III: Resonance

June 16th, 2019 - Free Library of Philadelphia
1:30pm workshop, 3pm recital

How to follow in Bach's footsteps. We explore how Bach's Cello Suites have resonated over nearly 300 years, inspiring works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Audience members hear the many ways composers today are pushing the boundaries of the instrument. The event ends with a culminating recital.