Florence native to present free harpsichord concert at St. Luke Saturday
GREENVILLE, S.C. – S.C. Bach, South Carolina’s Bach Society, will offer three opportunities to enjoy the music of J.S. Bach on the harpsichord as performed by Gabriel Smallwood.
The Florence native is currently a student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (University for Music and Theater), Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig, Germany. In addition to regular concerts in Germanyand the United States, Gabriel has also performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.
The concerts will happen Friday, 7 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Florence. Saturday 7 p.m. in the chapel of Buncombe Street United Methodist Church in Greenville and Sunday, 4 p.m. at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia.
These concerts are given under the sponsorship of S.C. Bach and will feature youthful keyboard music by the organization’s namesake, Johann Sebastian Bach. The highlight of the program is the premier of the complete Suite in F minor BWV 823, whose missing movements were composed by Smallwood. The program will last an hour including a small intermission.
Smallwood will perform the entire program on the harpsichord, an instrument which had its heyday in the Baroque era and is the predecessor to the piano. It was the common household keyboard instrument known to composers such as Handel and Bach, as well as early Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The instrument used for this recital is a double-manual Kingston harpsichord on loan from Furman University in Greenville.
A brief pre-concert talk will be offered 30 minutes prior to each concert.
The Friday night concert in Florence is free to attend, and a freewill offering will be received. The Sunday afternoon concert in Columbia is also free. Tickets to the Greenville concert can be purchased in advance at www.scbach.org/upcoming-events or at the door for each performance. Tickets are $20 regular admission/$10 senior/$5 student with valid student ID.