Pianist to offer Bach's Goldberg Variations in Jan. 30 concert

Spanish pianist Dr. Leopoldo Erice will perform J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a free concert Monday, Jan. 30.

Dr. Leopoldo EriceErice, assistant professor of performing arts at American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Sheldon Hall ballroom in a performance titled “J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: A Look at the Holy Trinity.”

Many classical music experts consider Bach’s Goldberg Variations of 1741 among the greatest music ever written for keyboard and the ultimate expression of Bach’s art. The original German title has popularly been changed to acknowledge virtuoso harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who played the music during the restless nights of a count suffering from insomnia, according to music historians.

Erice studied in Spain, Holland and the United States under Joaquin Soriano, Rian de Waal, Leonard Hokanson and Emile Naoumoff. Among Erice’s international awards are the Ciudad de Albacete and the Acisclo Fernandez, and he is founder and director of an international classical music festival in Ribadeo, Spain.

Ana Djukic-Cocks, an associate professor specializing in German in SUNY Oswego’s department of modern languages and literatures, serves as Erice’s host for the concert.

Parking is free in campus lots for those attending this performance. Contact Artswego, which is helping support the concert, at 312-4581 for more information.

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(Posted: Jan 18, 2012)