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Bach and the Bohemian Gypsies

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Tomorrow evening, the Montreal group Ensemble Caprice will bring Bach and the Bohemian Gypsies to the Coolidge Auditorium, in a featured concert at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society.

This program will illustrate the influence of anonymous gypsy virtuosi on the works of two great Baroque composers.   The Caprice musicians and founder, flutist Matthias Maute, specialize in arrangements of pieces from the Uhrovska Manuscript, an 18th century collection of folk tunes from Polish, Hungarian, Slovakian and other traditions. Did this music influence Bach’s “Italian Concerto,” or Telemann’s “Concerto in E Minor?” Come to the Coolidge Auditorium Friday night to hear for yourself. Stand-by tickets will be available at the Coolidge Auditorium, in the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress. Read more about the Ensemble Caprice and the Uhrovska Manuscript in this  New York Times article.

Please consider attending a pre-concert presentation at 6:15 pm in the Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required):  “Nip/Tuck: The World of J.S. Bach Transcriptions and Revisions,” Norman Middleton, M.M., Music Division, Library of Congress.

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