The Bach series is back with a special anniversary twist: three extraordinary living composers, featured in past Composer Portraits concerts, return to curate a special evening pairing their music with favorite pieces of Bach. The composers join director Melissa Smey onstage for a conversation at each concert.
This Finnish composer’s international reputation has continued to blossom since her packed 2009 Portrait at Miller. Jennifer Koh—who “gave a stunning, high-energy account of the almost continuous solo line” (The New York Times) of Saariaho’s violin concerto in that performance—returns to play solo works by Bach and Saariaho. Directly inspired by the D minor partita, Saariaho’s Frises draws on Baroque forms (passacaglia, ground bass, chaconne) and stretches the sonic palette of the solo violin with live electronics.