From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for Cello Solo

From Sep 10, 2016 to Sep 10, 2016

New Hampshire Theatre Project 2016-17 Season
From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for Cello Solo
Guest Artist: Steven Hancoff
Saturday, September 10, 2016
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General Admission $28, Students & Seniors $24
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New Hampshire Theatre Project presents guitarist Steven Hancoff in From Tragedy to Transcendence
New Hampshire Theatre Project kicks off our 28th season with guest artist Steven Hancoff in the extraordinary multi-media performance From Tragedy to Transcendence: Bach, Casals & the Six Suites for Cello SoloGuitarist Steven Hancoff served as Artistic Ambassador for the US State Department from 1993 to 2008, representing the United States through music all over the world – to almost 50 different countries.  His current performance, touring throughout New England this fall, tells an incredible saga through music, visual art and video  - the story of Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece Six Suites for Cello Solo.
While pursuing a life passion to transpose Bach’s Six Suites for Cello Solo to guitar, Steven Hancoff uncovered a remarkable story.  Johann Sebastian Bach, an orphan born into poverty, transformed himself into the greatest virtuoso of his time, but died with his life’s work virtually unknown.  Bach’s great compositions were brought to the world’s attention by Felix Mendelssohn, but many of them – including the Cello Suites – were lost.  And then “in a kind of cosmic accident of unfathomable serendipity,” 13-year old cellist Pablo Casals discovered the Suites in a Barcelona thrift shop.  To share this remarkable saga, Steven Hancoff uses storytelling, Bach’s glorious music, and a magnificent tapestry of classic and contemporary visual art.
From Tragedy to Transcendence is touring throughout New York and New England, with only one performance on the New Hampshire seacoast.  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience an incredibly rich multimedia exploration of Bach’s Six Suites for Cello Solo, performed by a master guitarist.  Deeply insightful, eloquent and musically formidable, Steven Hancoff has created a timeless work -- timeless like the music of Bach itself.?
(J. Reilly Lewis – Music Director, Washington Bach Consort)


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