Hailed as “perhaps the finest Bach harpsichordist active today in New York” (New York Times), Purchase College Music Professor Bradley Brookshire will present “Bach in the Digital Age,” a three-part adventure in counterpoint October 15 at 7 PM in Room 0001 of the Music Building. Brookshire’s unusual and imaginative approach to the harpsichord works of Johann Sebastian Bach has aroused widespread admiration. His presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 914-251-6700.
Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.
Part One is an exploration of Professor Brookshire’s interactive CD-ROM counterpoint teaching program (entitled “The Magic of Fugal Counterpoint”) and attendees will be able to participate at any one of several media stations.
In Part Two, Professor Brookshire will give a live performance of “A Multi-Media Art of Fugue,” which features him as harpsichord soloist, accompanied by color-coded video projections of the score.
Part Three will consist of a question-and-answer session and a brief celebration of the release of Brookshire's new recording of The Art of Fugue, available at www.BachHarpsichord.com.
Bradley Brookshire is Director of Graduate Studies in the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music. A pioneer in the union of early music and current technology, he has initiated a new tradition of live, multimedia presentations of Bach’s works. His CD-ROM of the Art of the Fugue integrates his recorded performance, a color-coded score, an interactive training program in contrapuntal analysis, and a select annotated bibliography.
Brookshire has appeared on many of the world’s most important stages, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Museo del Prado, and the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as music festivals in Aix-en-Provence, Budapest, Paris, Vail and Santa Fe. Among his musical collaborators have been the Shanghai String Quartet, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Fe Chamber Players, David Daniels, Bejun Mehta and Roger Norrington. In 2001, the New York Times named his recording of Bach’s French Suites a “Critic’s Choice” recording of the year.