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Sunday: Bach and Handel at the Bijou

If the Baroque falls in your area of musical interest, as it certainly does mine, now would be a great time to familiarize yourself with Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. You'll be hearing a great deal of them now and next year. Next March (2014), the KSO is offering all six over the course of two evenings as well as Nos. 4 and 5 on a Sunday Chamber Series concert.

But wait, there's more. This Sunday afternoon, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra under resident conductor James Fellenbaum will perform the Brandenburg No. 1 (BWV 1046) as an opener for its Handel-Bach Chamber Series Concert at the Bijou.

Bach wrote a number of violin concerti during his years at Weimar and Köthen, but only three survive in their original form: the Double Violin Concerto in D minor (BWV 1043), and the A minor (BWV 1041) and E Major (BWV 1042). The E Major concerto on this concert comes from Bach's years at Köthen in the service of Prince Leopold von Anhalt-Köthen. This work, as others, sprung artistically from Bach's interest in the Italian concerto style, particularly that of Vivaldi. KSO concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz will be violin soloist.

The "featured" work on the concert will be Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, a work written for King George II that exists in several versions due to specific royal requests for "military" instruments--winds and brass. Handel's "final" version, the one which is almost always heard today, was scored for full orchestra.

Handel's Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 2, in F major fills out the program.

The concert is Sunday afternoon, March 3, 2:30 pm, at the Bijou. For tickets and information, telephone 865-291-3310 or

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Alan Sherrod serves up a big plate of nourishing commentary on the Knoxville classical music and fine arts scene.