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Mar 21, 2020

Bach in the Subways concert

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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The power & beauty of Johann Sebastian Bach's music consistently transcend social & musical boundaries and inspire deep appreciation & strong emotion. Yet sadly, in many countries audiences for Bach's music, and classical music in general, continue to shrink.

In 2010, convinced this decline was because most people never experience live classical music, Dale Henderson began frequent performances of Bach's Cello Suites in the subways of New York City.

For Bach's 326th birthday on March 21, 2011 Dale invited other musicians to join him. The Bach in the Subways movement was born.

Every March the movement grew – from a single cellist playing alone in New York's subways into a global phenomenon. By Bach's 330th in 2015 thousands of musicians in 150 cities in 40 countries offered Bach's music freely in public spaces, and now every year for Bach's birthday musicians unite to bring Bach to people around the world.


5:00 Karin McCullough

First Partita in B flat major

Karin McCullough returned to the love of her life, the piano, after an 18-year hiatus as a paralegal. Now she’s an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, a performing member of Ladies Musical Club, and a Board member for the international movement Bach in the Subways.

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 5:25 Isaac Van Hoecke

Bach-Busoni – Prelude and Triple Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552, “St. Anne

Isaac Van Hoecke was born and raised in the Kansas City area, and has always had a passion for both math and music. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he moved to Seattle, where he works as an actuarial analyst for Milliman. He is a frequent piano performer in Seattle, and enjoys finding and championing lesser-known composers as well as underplayed works by the famous ones. In addition to making music and pricing risk, he enjoys consuming all manner of films and novels, playing Chess and Catan, and has slowly started getting back into badminton again.

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5:50 Michael Schmitt WTC Book I Prelude in e minor  
5:55 Karin McCullough WTC Book I Fugue in e minor  
6:00 Laure Struber "French-born pianist Laure Struber has performed widely throughout Europe and in the United States since the age of fifteen. She has collaborated with prestigious ensembles such as the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Inverted Space, the SFCM Baroque Orchestra, and the Harry Partch Ensemble on the piano, harpsichord, fortepiano and chromelodeon. She came to the United States in 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar, and earned her Master Degree in Piano Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently, she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Washington, where she was the winner of the UW Concerto Competition, performing the Chopin Piano Concerto op. 11. Laure is also a deeply committed and active musical educator. She has given multiple presentations on pedagogy in France and in the United States and is currently teaching a studio of 25 students in the Seattle area. Her current research focuses on a modern examination of the works of 19th Century French Artist-Scientist Marie Jaëll, who was one of the very first piano pedagogue to become aware of the importance of understanding the neuroscientific and physiological process behind music."  laurie struber.jpeg
 6:20 Michael Schmitt Duetto No. 1 in e minor, E minor Sinfonia, B minor Sinfonia.  
6:30 (10m) Azeem Masood


Azeem Egizi began taking piano lessons at the age of six at the Kirkland Academy of Music & Performance. He enjoys many different types of music from the classics to show tunes and making his own arrangements. Azeem’s public performances include the October Festival at Cornish College of the Arts, Eight Grands shows, Piano in the Parks and a musical theater production of Little Johnny Jones where he played the Maitre’D and Constable. His interests include Minecraft, Chemistry, Lego stop motion and Star Wars. He loves to read and is a huge fan of the Harry Potter books and Keeper of the Lost Cities. Azeem is currently a fifth grader at Woodmoor Elementary in Bothell.

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 45m Jeremy DesChane  Goldberg variations  
 7m Stephanie Shadbolt

WTC I: #4 in C sharp minor.

"Originally from Australia, Stephanie Shadbolt has lived and worked in Japan as well as the US. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts, and a Master of Arts degree in bethnomusicology from Monash University (Australia). Stephanie is also an active gamelan musician, and has performed both Javanese and Balinese gamelan in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. She regularly performs in the Seattle area with Gamelan Pacifica. Stephanie currently works at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.”

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5m Isabelle Zanchetta and Olya Helms JS Bach Siciliano for two pianos  
  Mark Hensley & Catherine Lipthratt

1st movement of concerto in d minor with Mark on orchestra/2nd piano

 In addition to playing in several amateur piano performance groups in the Seattle area and occasionally competing in piano competitions, Mark is finishing his PhD in epidemiology at UW, exploring treatments for breast cancer.

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 9m Mark Hensley preludes & fugues; transcription of ?  
3m Isabelle Zanchetta WTC II: Prelude #14 F sharp minor BWV 883  
2m Olya Helms

WTC I: Prelude #21 in B flat major

Olya Helms of OpenPianos.com has made a specialty of teaching piano to adults, especially those who have had lessons as children or returning after the long break. The lessons design based on American and Russian schools of music methods with an entirely different approach.

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15m Jack W. Singer, MD

1st 3 movements of Partita #6 in E minor, BMV 830: Toccata and Fugue, Allemande, Corrente

Jack Singer started studying piano at age 7 and was a student at the Juilliard Preparatory Division school through high school.  He then gave up the piano for 35 years while at Columbia College followed by medical school and advanced training in Internal Medicine, 2 years at the Centers for Disease Control, a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Washington and an academic career as a Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and a member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute.  In 1992, he was a co-founder of CTIBiopharma and he remained in executive roles until his retirement in 2018.  He started working on the piano rigorously 4 years ago and has attended the summer program at the Victoria Conservatory  for the last two years.   He is currently studying piano with Mark Salman.
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10m Ron Leonardi Ron Leonardi is a pianist/keyboardist/ composer.   He is a graduate of the Cornish College of Music, teaches piano privately and plays with several gigging Northwest cover bands, including Hit Explosion.  Ron released his latest piano album in 2018 called Slow Motion Departure, and has had his music featured in several independent films. ron leonardi.jpeg
45m Jeremy DesChane
Goldberg variations #16 to end
 9:40 Steven Damouni WTC II: D Major Prelude and Fugue; Fourth Partita  Steve Damouni.jpeg



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