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The Arts House Presents Bach Continuum

Singapore, 17 May 2017 – The Arts House is proud to present a two-night showcase Bach Continuum featuring internationally acclaimed Singaporean violinists Kam Ning and Loh Jun Hong on 15 and 16 June.

Playing the complete suite of the Baroque master J.S. Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin, the duo brings these almost 300-year-old score to life in the historic Chamber, which had played many important roles in its 190-year history including the first parliament chamber.

“The Arts House has always been providing a platform for exemplary artists to share their works. Besides being a home for the literary arts, several of the spaces within The Arts House, including the Chamber, have great acoustics that are perfect for the performance of chamber music. We look forward to presenting more chamber music performances in the future,” said Sarah Martin, CEO of Arts House Limited, “With Bach Continuum, we celebrate two of the best musicians in Singapore who have also won accolades internationally. These Bach masterpieces are demanding even for the greatest violinists, so it is exciting to see them rise to the challenge.”

Composed in 1720 when Bach was working as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold of Prussia, the six sonatas and partitas not only demands a firm grasp of violin technique, it also expects the violinists to unearth new interpretations in the limitless depth of possibilities in his score.

“It’s really a bit like playing a game of hide and seek as I try to discover more of the hidden gems that Bach wrote in the music,” Loh shared “While the notes themselves are certainly demanding, it is the intricate voicing that truly makes Bach so challenging. Each time I revisit this work, I find myself discovering new voices and lines which would change my interpretation. I would find that familiar melodic idea hiding in the bass, or extended over the course of multiple bars.”

Music critic and author Kirk McElhearn, who is also an avid fan of Bach’s works, described the pieces as ‘miracles of music, where a single violin embarks on some of the most remarkable musical discourses ever written.’

Befitting of the works, Ning has taken special measures for the intensive preparation period. “Bach literally defied the rather ‘single melody’ nature of the violin by writing 4-part fugues for our instrument, so one would need all the help one can get when playing them! My personal experience in studying his works has been that praying before practising brings an incredible inspiration. said Kam.

While Kam and Loh have met almost 20 years ago when he attended a masterclass she conducted, this will mark the first time they are playing in the same concert.

Produced by art historian and former director of National Museum Lee Chor Lin, Bach Continuum is her provocation, as a curator, to Kam and Loh to scale new heights in their artistic journeys, as well as an “exploration of new depths of classical music, particularly chamber music as it offers the largest range of virtuosic display.”

The audience is invited to join the musicians for both nights to experience Bach’s challenge to violinists. The concerts will be complemented by the performance of Bela Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin and Eugène Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata No. 2 on the first and second night respectively.

“Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin, unaccompanied, take immense preparation, stamina and great skill to complete the repertoire. Performing the Bach pieces and two later inspired compositions is an important milestone in the brilliant careers of our talents,” said Lee Chor Lin who is the former CEO of Arts House Limited.

Tickets available at bachcontinuum.peatix.com
Please refer to Annex A (Page 4) for
Ticketing Information, Annex B (Page 5) for Programme Details and Annex C (Page 6) for Bios.

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For more details: Download media release and bios

For more information, please contact:

Willy Beh
Asst Manager,
Marketing & Communications Arts House Limited
T: +65 6435 0113
M: +65 9841 9794
E: willy_beh@artshouse.sg

Elizabeth Wong
Senior Manager,
Marketing & Communications Arts House Limited
T: +65 6435 0109
M: +65 9326 1219
E: elizabethwong@artshouse.sg 




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