Now in its 39th year, the Masterworks of Four Centuries series allows the museum's priceless collection of historic instruments a chance to come out and play -- and be played -- by the esteemed musicians of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. For this season-opening concert, SCMS artistic director and acclaimed harpsichordist Kenneth Slowik joins violinist Robert Mealy for a performance of baroque sonatas by J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach. Plus, Slowik is set to continue his popular pre-concert lectures, giving a fascinating glimpse into the life and times of the featured composers.
The pre-concert lecture runs from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.
The season opens with Kenneth Slowik and Robert Mealy (Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra concertmaster and Juilliard Historical Performance graduate program director) completing their survey of Bach sonatas for violin and obbligato keyboard.
J.S. Bach and C.P.E. Bach: Sonatas for violin and harpsichord
The Smithsonian Chamber Players
Robert Mealy, violin; Kenneth Slowik, harpsichord