Guest Harpsichordists to be Featured in All-Bach Concert March 23

Music major Louis Lohraseb, a junior from Schenectady, N.Y., will join guest master-harpsichordists Findlay Cockrell and William Carragan for the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra's all-Bach concert March 23. Lohraseb, left, sits at the restored harpsichord he will play at the concert.

GENESEO, N.Y. - A grand evening of Bach awaits listeners when "The Three Harpsichordists" join members of the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra for an all-Bach performance March 23 at 8 p.m. at Geneseo's St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 23 Main St. The concert is free and open to the public.

Joining the symphony will be guest harpsichordists Findlay Cockrell, an emeritus professor from the University at Albany, and William Carragan, known for his research in both baroque chamber music and 19th-century symphonic literature. Geneseo junior music major Louis Lohraseb also will perform on harpsichord.

Cockrell will conduct a pre-concert performance of Bach's solo keyboard music beginning at 7:30 p.m., using the Geneseo Music Department's newly refurbished Herz double manual harpsichord. Cockrell has numerous performances to his credit, including appearances with the Oakland and San Francisco Symphonies with Arthur Fiedler.

The main concert will feature "The Brandenburg concerto No. 5, BWV 1050" with Geneseo faculty members Richard Balkin and Glennda Dove-Pellito on violin and flute, respectively, and Lohraseb on harpsichord. Lohraseb will join guest harpsichordists Cockrell and Carragan for two triple harpsichord concertos. Also on the program is a trio sonata with violinist Balkin, flutist Dove-Pellito, Geneseo faculty member and cellist James Kirkwood, and harpsichordist Lohraseb.

The Herz double manual harpsichord was restored through generous contributions to the Music Department. The concert will be the first time the instrument will be heard in public since its restoration.

For more information on the performance, call 585-258-5824.

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