Victor Hill Performs the Complete “Goldberg Variations” May 4 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2008

Victor Hill, harpsichordist, will perform the complete “Goldberg Variations” by J. S. Bach on Sunday, May 4, at 3 pm, at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This performance will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hill’s series “Griffin Hall Concerts at Williams College.” The “Goldberg Variations,” the culmination of Bach's harpsichord compositions, was also the program with which Hill inaugurated the series in 1968. Admission is free.

The “Goldberg Variations” represent the culmination of Bach’s writing for harpsichord. They call for a two-keyboard instrument in order to clarify the lines in many of the variations, in which the two hands overlap intricately. The 30 Variations are based on a Sarabande that Bach wrote for his second wife, Anna Magdalena, and proceed through a wide variety of musical forms, including 10 virtuoso display pieces and nine canons. The Variations will be played with all repeats and no intermission.

Hill is the Thomas T. Read Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus, at Williams College as well as the founder and director of Griffin Hall Concerts. He studied with the great Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and has played more than 900 concerts throughout the United States and in Europe. Hill plays the double-manual harpsichord of 18th century Franco-Flemish design that was custom built for him by Richard Kingston in 1997.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November 1 through May 31. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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