Aug 23rd, 2013Press Release from The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Featuring Eliot Fisk, Guitar Virtuoso & Family

Eliot Fisk is joined by his wife, celebrated guitarist Zaira Meneses, and their twelve-year old daughter Raquel, an extraordinary young pianist.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will present FISK FAMILY FUGUES – a Gala Concert and Fundraiser featuring Eliot Fisk, Guitar Virtuoso and Family – on Saturday October 12, 2013, 8pm at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. Mr. Fisk will offer A FREE Public Workshop, Guitar Aerobics and the Poetry of on Friday October 11, 7:30pm at Foy Hall, Moravian College. The workshop is open to young and old, players of all abilities, and genres. Bring your guitar, as everyone will participate.

FISK FAMILY FUGUES is conceived especially for The Bach Choir Gala. Eliot Fisk, a world renowned guitar virtuoso who is already a favorite of Bach Festival audiences, is joined by his wife, celebrated guitarist Zaira Meneses, and their twelve-year old daughter Raquel, who has already received recognition as an extraordinary young pianist, having played at Carnegie Hall in May. The irresistible family trio will light up the stage with a program including works by Bach, Chopin, and Mendelssohn, as well as Spanish and Latin Repertoire. Reviewing a 2011 performance in which Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses played together, the New York Times wrote:

“Mr. Fisk’s account of the Bach Chaconne was a fine balance of focused introspection and incendiary virtuosity…Zaira Meneses devoted her solo set to an arresting performance of Leo Brouwer’s swirling “Paisaje Cubano con Campanas” …a richly shaded account, full of slides and other colorful touches…in a handful of Chopin waltzes, transcribed as duets by Mr. Fisk, the sound was remarkably unified and so full of character that these quintessentially pianistic pieces sounded thoroughly natural on the guitar.” – Allan Kozinn, New York Times, 2011 

In a provisional description of the Gala program, the talented young Raquel Fisk will begin with Serenata Espanola by Malts, which she played in Carnegie Hall on May 4 and include Mendelssohn’s Song without Words, a Chopin Nocturne or Waltz and Bach’s C# minor Prelude and Fugue. The whole family will then join in Bach’s famous Prelude and Fugue from Book One of the Well Tempered Clavier with Raquel playing the Prelude on the piano followed by Eliot and Zaira playing an arrangement of the Fugue for guitar duo. Zaira will include the famous Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro of Bach BWV 998 as well as a plentiful helping of Spanish and Latin and the first half will end with three Chopin Waltzes in a version for two guitars already made popular by Eliot and Zaira. Eliot will include either a Spanish or Paganini set and feature at least one of his own arrangements of a Bach Suite that he has not yet played in Bethlehem.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Gala evening begins with a benefactor cocktail reception, dinner and auction at 5pm followed by the concert at 8pm, and a post-concert “meet and greet” with the artists for benefactors and patrons. In its sixth annual Gala Concert, The Bach Choir continues its recent legacy of presenting Gala events with world class guest artists in different musical genre, all of whom have connections with the music of Bach. Past presentations have included Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Brubeck, Emma Kirkby, Tiempo Libre, Hilary Hahn, and The Swingle Singers.

Guitar Aerobics & the Poetry of Technique Workshop: FREE and open to the public. Bring your guitar

General admission Tickets are $40 and $25 ($15 for students)

Patron tickets – $100 ($40 is tax deductible): Reserved seating and “meet and greet” with the artists at a post-concert party.

Benefactor Tickets – $250 ($125 is tax deductible): Reserved seating; pre-concert cocktails, dinner and auction; “meet and greet” with the artists at a post-concert pub-style party.

For ticket reservations or information on the workshop, call the Bach Choir Office 610-866-4382 Ext. 10 or 15, or 888-743-3100, or purchase general admission tickets on-line at .

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