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Aston Magna Music Festival presents J.S. Bach: The Three Partitas for Solo Violin

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $50

Aston Magna Music Festival is pleased to present the first concert of its 51st season Saturday, July 13, at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington.

Over four concert weekends Aston Magna offers a broad spectrum of works by composers both familiar and lesser known, representing several centuries and styles. Our lineup of musicians includes many of our audience’s favorite artists from past seasons, as well as other celebrated artists performing with us for the first time, including two guest directors.

The first concert is Johann Sebastian Bach’s Three Partitas for Solo Violin, performed by Aston Magna Artistic Director Daniel Stepner with comments by the artist. 

For three decades as Aston Magna’s Artistic Director Daniel Stepner has programmed and led vocal and instrumental music dating from 1589 through the 1850s – with occasional forays both earlier and later — always featuring period instruments and vocal styles. The Aston Magna Music Festival’s repertoire has ranged from music for solo violin to baroque and early opera, such as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne.

Mr. Stepner was a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio at the Museum of Fine Arts and first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University. He has held concertmasterships with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Boston Baroque. For six years he was assistant concertmaster and frequent soloist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, based in Holland. As a touring musician he has played in 11 countries in Western Europe and the former Soviet Union and throughout Australia and the United States. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, was a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University for 20 years, and enjoyed guest teaching stints at The Eastman School, The Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory, Boston University and Smith College.

In solo recital, chamber, theatrical and orchestral settings, he has performed music from the Renaissance through 2018. Mr. Stepner is featured on over 60 commercial recordings, including the Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, the Late Quartets of Beethoven, the five Violin Sonatas of Charles Ives, (with pianist John Kirkpatrick), and major chamber works of Schubert, Brahms, John Harbison, Peter Child and Yehudi Wyner. For Aston Magna, he has led recordings of cantatas of J. S. Bach, chamber works of Mozart and Schubert, an acclaimed recording of Handel’s oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, and Monteverdi’s pioneering opera L’Orfeo. Stepner is a native of Wisconsin, and his major teachers were Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger in France and Broadus Erle at Yale, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. Mr. Stepner’ novel Orpheus in Jerusalem was just published and is available on Amazon Books.

Tickets prices are $40 in advance, $50 on day of show purchased at the venue. Under 30s: $15 with ID, full time students (with ID) and children Free.  This season Aston Magna offers a “Pay What You Can” ticket. 

To order tickets by phone call 888-492-1283 or online at 




July 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $50
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Saint James Place
352 Main Street
Great Barrington, Mass.
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