Virtuoso Bach Concerto Kicks Off North Country Chamber Players’ White Mountains Music Festival

Miho Saegusa

Award-winning violinist Miho Saegusa will join the North Country Chamber Players for Virtuoso Bach, the opening concerts of the White Mountains Music Festival. The concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, at the Sugar Hill Meeting House and at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield.

Virtuoso Bach explores the music of one of the world’s most beloved composers, Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach’s repertoire included over 1,100 works, but only 28 of these can be called “concertos.” These special pieces are masterful examples where virtuosity, power and beauty are both balanced and in full force. Ms. Saegusa will join the Players in the Concerto for Violin and Oboe, Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and other masterpieces.

The North Country Chamber Players combines the talents of principal players from internationally renowned orchestras and chamber groups. The White Mountains Music Festival concerts are performed over six weekends, July 13 through Aug. 18.

North Country Chamber Players featured in the Virtuoso Bach concert include Ronnie Bauch and Anna Lim, violins; Jason Mellow, viola; Chris Finckel, violoncello; Don Palma, double bass; Susan Palma-Nidel, flute; Kemp Jernigan, oboe; Bernhard Scully, horn; and Bernard Rose, piano and harpsichord.

Audiences will also have the opportunity to learn more about Bach, his life and work during informal talks prior to the concerts. As part of the Kramer Lecture Series, Dr. Joel Timm, Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music and co-founder of the NCCP, will cover a range of topics specifically designed to enhance the concert experience. The opening weekend’s informal talk will feature an interview with the newest member of the Chamber Players, oboist Kemp Jernigan, as well as a discussion of the techniques Bach used in establishing his reputation as perhaps the greatest of all composers. Mozart had a portrait of Bach over his bed and Beethoven was one of the many musicians who were inspired by Bach’s mastery of counterpoint, harmony and profound expressivity. Musical examples of these techniques will be presented as well as stories and anecdotes from Bach’s fascinating life. The talks begin one hour before each concert and last approximately 30 minutes.

A versatile chamber musician and orchestral leader, violinist Miho Saegusa is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was named the 2017-2018 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Born in Kitakyushu, Japan, Ms. Saegusa has played the violin since the age of five. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, and completed graduate work at The Juilliard School, earning her Master of Music and Artist Diploma. Since 2013, Ms. Saegusa has been a Valade Fellow and Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Arts Camp, where she works with high school violinists and the Advanced String Quartet Program.

For additional concert information, visit the Players’ website at www.northcountrychamberplayers.org.

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