Tower + Bach
Noah Sheldon

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A Preview of the 2013-14 Miller Theatre Bach, Revisited Series

Purple Rhapsody

Program Notes

Tower + Bach

Falling out of euphony, the instruments are then set racing again. Another slowing brings back the scale,...

Tower + Bach

Curtis 20/21 Ensemble

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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        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.

        Written around 1720, Bach’s Brandenburg concertos remained virtually unknown, tucked away on a library shelf, for more than a century before being published. Today, they number among the crowning achievements of Baroque instrumental writing. For her Bach series program, composer Joan Tower intersperses movements of the fifth concerto—for solo flute, violin, and harpsichord—with her own chamber music, including her trio Big Sky, an evocation of the awe-inspiring experience of riding through the Andes mountain range.


  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. Mvt. 1
  • Tower Big Sky
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Mvt. 2
  • Tower In Memory
  • Tower String Quartet No. 5 “White Water”
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Mvt. 3