Tickets $15 | Free for UChicago Students
This concert premieres at 7 pm CDT on Friday, April 9 and will be available until 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, April 11.
In the polarized world of classical music, where battles often rage over issues of interpretation and authenticity, Mahan Esfahani is the rare harpsichordist known for mesmerizing performances of both early music and contemporary repertoire. The acclaimed Persian American musician is an unapologetic champion of the harpsichord, devoted to restoring the Baroque mainstay to what he sees as its rightful place at the center of concert music.
Few pieces have received such varied and frequent interpretation as Bach's Goldberg Variations. Perhaps that is what makes this music so timeless. Glenn Gould's recordings on piano may be the most ubiquitous, but it is for the harpsichord that the work was originally written. Recorded in Leipzig's Tomaskirche—where Bach wrote this music 280 years ago—Esfahani applies his crisp articulation and a thrillingly dynamic style to the set. “[He] feels like the harpsichord’s answer to the young Gould—exuberant, antisentimental, bracing” (The New Yorker).
This concert is partially supported by a generous gift from James and Joan Shapiro.