The Los Angeles Times calls Jennifer Koh “One of the most impressive and expressive violinists on the scene.” She is coming to Salida from Aspen this Saturday, August 6 to perform two of the greatest masterworks ever written for solo violin by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-concert interview with Ms Koh at 6:45 p.m. before the concert starts at Salida High School.
Jennifer Koh won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition and since then has soloed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Moscow Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and National Radio Symphony of Washington, D.C.
The New York Times says Koh is a “fearless soloist” – willing to tackle the most difficult music for solo violin.” She was named 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America Worldwide.
Koh will play Bach’s Sonata No. 2 for solo violin in A minor, BWV 1003, and Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004.
According to Joshua Bell, one of today’s most famous violinists, the fifth movement in the Partita, the chaconne, is “not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect.” The late violinist Yehudi Menuhin said the chaconne was “the greatest structure for solo violin that exists.” Koh will also play three modern pieces that show the continuing influence of Bach: “Patina” by Zosha Di Castri, “Serenade in Common Time” by Philip Glass and a Chaconne for Violin by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
This is the fifth concert in the Salida Aspen Concerts 40th anniversary season and is underwritten by “F” St Five and Dime.
Tickets are $15 at the door and $3 for students. Also, tickets may be purchased online at www.SalidaAspenConcerts.org, which has updates on upcoming concerts. Administrator Jean Hanfelt can be reached at 719-539-6467.