GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Berkshire Bach Society concludes its 2021-2022 season on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4 p.m. with harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom in a concert of harpsichord music from Germany, England, Italy and France at the New Marlborough Meeting House .
“We have so many harpsichord enthusiasts in our audience that we thought we would please them by presenting a program dedicated solely to instrumental music,” said Terrill McDade, Acting Executive Director of the Berkshire Bach Society. “There is such a variety of repertoire to choose from. As with the church organ, the harpsichord was truly universal in the Baroque era and it is instructive to hear how composers from different countries wrote for it. Mariken has selected works that really display the differences and the similarities, making it kind of a big European tour in this gig.”
Educated at the Royal Conservatories of The Hague and Antwerp, harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and ensemble performer at major early music festivals and in international concerts. ‘other places. She teaches here and abroad and has frequently led Baroque chamber music workshops in Holland, California, the Berkshires and elsewhere.
The program includes works by JS Bach, Byrd, Frescobaldi, Louis and François Couperin and Domenico Scarlatti, and is something of an anniversary – the first book of Bach’s Clavier and the third book by François Couperin of his Pieces for Keyboard all have two were published in 1722, three hundred years ago.