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Miller Theatre Presents Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the Orlando Consort

Miller Theatre
at Columbia University 

continues its Bach series and opens the Early Music series in late October: 

Goldberg Variations 


Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

The young Iranian harpsichord star makes his Miller debut 

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 

Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street) 

Tickets: $35-$55 • Students with valid ID: $7-$33 

Orlando Consort 
Loire Valley in Song 

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m. 

Church of St. Mary the Virgin (145 West 46th Street) 

Tickets: $30-$45 • Students with valid ID: $7-$27 

Goldberg Variations

An introductory aria undergoes thirty singular transformations in Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Since its publication in 1741, the work has gained a reputation for presenting the performer with a monumental artistic challenge, requiring not only prodigious technical skill, but the emotional sensitivity to interpret the delicate nuances of mood and demeanor that give each variation its distinct character.

Miller Theatre is excited to present the brilliant young harpsichord star Mahan Esfahani (born in Tehran in 1984), whose recording of the Goldberg Variations was released last year by Deutsche Grammophon to great acclaim. “Everyone wants to record Bach’s Goldbergs, but not many show as much piercing insight as harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani,” raved The Guardian. “Even music-lovers who normally hate the sound of the harpsichord find themselves mesmerized by Mahan Esfahani. He seems to have a magic touch on the instrument, coaxing out an extraordinary range of colour and articulations,” wrote BBC Music Magazine

Orlando Consort: Loire Valley in Song 

The Laborde Chansonnier is one of the finest surviving French song collection manuscripts, containing over a hundred songs by Binchois, Busnois, Dufay, Ockeghem and other 15th century masters. Set with stunning illuminations and constructed with supreme skill, the Chansonnier—or songbook—was clearly produced for royal hands, eyes, and ears. England's Orlando Consort sings a montage of the collection’s most striking selections, complementing the pictorial magic of this magnificent Renaissance artifact. 

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Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall.

For photos, please contact Lauren Bailey at 212/854-1633 or lrb2113@columbia.edu.