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US Premiere of Anders Hillborg's Bach Materia with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Nov. 01, 2017

US Premiere of Anders Hillborg's <em>Bach Materia</em> with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Anders Hillborg’s inventive companion piece to Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, Bach Materia, has its US premiere on November 9 with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Violinist Pekka Kuusisto joins the orchestra as soloist and conductor for the performances.

Hillborg’s Bach Materia debuted in March with Kuusisto and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, led by Thomas Dausgaard. This wild and witty work contains numerous opportunities for the soloist to improvise, the spirit of which fits well with the original Bach (the central Adagio consists of just two chords upon which the soloist elaborates). Following its US premiere performance, Kuusisto tours the work with the SPCO throughout the month.

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Anders Hillborg
Bach Materia (2017)
for violin and strings