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PREVIEW: Bach and Handel in Berkshire Bach Society’s final concert of the 2023-2024 season on Saturday, June 8

The New York Times has described Laura Lutzke's playing as "liquid, radiant and shimmering, with beautifully played solo lines."

Great Barrington — The Berkshire Bach Society will present its final concert of the 2023-2024 season at the Kellogg Music Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, on Saturday, June 8, at 4 p.m.

Violinist Laura Lutzke and harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom will perform a program of works by Bach and Handel, Lutzke playing a violin made in 1743 by the Klotz family and Palmboom playing a harpsichord made for her in 2011 by Carl Dudash of Norfolk, Conn.

The program for Saturday is as follows:

J.S. Bach
Well-Tempered Clavier II: Prelude in A Major, BWV 888

Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Harpsichord obbligato, BWV 1015

Sonata No. 3 in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord obbligato, BWV 1016

G.F. Handel
Sonata in G minor for Violin and Basso Continuo, HWV 364

Harpsichord Suite in F Major, HWV 427

New York-based violinist Laura Lutzke has deep roots in early music, particularly historical performance. She is currently co-concertmaster of French Classical period orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, which participates in symphonic and opera projects in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and in multiple German summer festivals. She has performed as a soloist with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Philadelphia, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Symphony, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica chamber orchestra in New Mexico. She has performed in recital at the Bowdoin, Caramoor, Great Mountains, and Holland Music Sessions international music festivals; the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove in the U.K.; The Juilliard School; Kent State University; Klavierhaus in New York City; Lausanne Academy; the Wave Hill Mansion in Riverdale; Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall; and on the Belz-Parker Artists Ascending concert series in Memphis, Tenn.

Laura earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Lewis Kaplan, before completing a second graduate course in violin performance with distinction with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

The New York Times has described Laura Lutzke’s playing as “liquid, radiant and shimmering, with beautifully played solo lines.”

Mariken Palmboom studied harpsichord performance in the Early Music Department of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague before earning a master’s degree in solo performance at the Royal Flemish Conservatory. While in Belgium, Palmboom received a Special Award in an International Harpsichord Competition. She has performed as a soloist and continuo player in Europe and the U.S. and has participated in early music festivals in Flanders, Utrecht, Berkeley, and Boston, collaborating with such artists as Jos van Immerseel, Frans Brüggen, Jaap Schröder, and Marion Verbruggen. More recently, she has appeared with Jane Hershey, Dana Maiben, Anne Legêne, Tricia van Oers, Rodrigo Tarraza, and Emily Hale.

Palmboom is organist at the First Congregational Church in Worthington, Mass. She provides private keyboard instruction to students in the Berkshires, where she has lived since 1997.

Hear violinist Laura Lutzke and harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom perform a program of works by Bach and Handel at the Kellogg Music Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, on Saturday, June 8, at 4 p.m. Following the performance, Ms. Palmboom and Ms. Lutzke will hold a question-and-answer session.

Tickets, available here or at the door, are $45 for nonmembers, $40 for BBS members, and $10 for Card to Culture participants. Children and students are admitted free.

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