Improvisations, a violin concert by Joshua Peckins

Sunday, January 232:00—3:00 PMZoom

**Out of an abundance of caution, all in-person programs are cancelled or virtual until further notice. This event will be moving to virtual status.**

Violinist Joshua Peckins returns to the live concert stage, presenting an immersive solo violin recital experience, pairing beloved music by J. S. Bach with fresh works by living and upcoming geniuses from around the world and rich commentary about the composers and their music.

Odaline de la Martinez, a fantastic and engaging living composer, has written comparatively few works for solo violin. Her Improvisations, featured here, begins deep and full of feeling, includes a rustic and lively dance, and ends free and fresh, like breathing. Biber’s Passacaglia, an older work from the Baroque, has remained incredibly popular through the centuries. It is haunting, exciting, and beguiling in its complexity through simplicity - a kaleidoscope of sound and emotion! Bach’s Sonata No 1 is a fitting end to this series - improvisatory and exciting, it is also the first work of its kind Bach ever wrote!

“Improvisations” belongs to the 2021-22 project “Music Speaks.” The performance will include commentary about the composers and music.

Future events in the concert series includes:

  • “Improvisations” on Thursday, February 3 at 7 pm at East Branch

You may sign up for this future event on our event calendar.

Thank you to the Friends of the Somerville Public Library for funding this series.

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