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    Bach Behind Bars: How Music is Stolen and Re-Purposed

    This event has been cancelled.

    When: Tuesday, 4/21/2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    Where: Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)

    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    With Allen Biggs, percussionist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

    In this lecture/demonstration, percussionist Allen Biggs  shows how musicians "steal" from each other. For example, he will take music written during the Baroque period and play it on instruments which did not exist at that time! 

    You get to be the judge of whether this "stealing" is musically valid, and the audience can vote on whether they want to hear more. Special techniques will be demonstrated, including using a bow...  on a music stand. The lecture will connect musical experimentation with the striving of composers, from the Baroque period to the present time, to create new sounds. For example,  Beethoven and Schubert expanded the orchestral palette from the world of Mozart, and this expansion continues to this day, requiring musicians to use new techniques.

    Allen Biggs is an active timpanist and percussionist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He performs with Philharmoia Baroque Orchestra and with the Berkeley, California, Marin, Oakland and Santa Rosa Symphonies. A recording he made with the group Chanticleer won two Grammy awards. He has performed at the Bear Valley, Cabrillo, Mendocino and Sun Valley music festivals. An avid educator, Allen teaches at San Francisco State University. He does outreach in the community by visiting schools in Sonoma, Contra Costa County and other Bay Area locations.


    Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for their generous support.

    Tuesday, April 21
    1:00–2:30 PM
    Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
    $15 or one punch of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
    No RSVPs needed. Pay at the door.
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]




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