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March 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
“Along with the sheer delight of experiencing a virtuoso at the top of his game, a performance by Mahan Esfahani inevitably expands your musical horizons. The insatiably curious harpsichordist — who was born in Iran, grew up in the United States and has long been based in Prague — is a passionate advocate for the untapped potential of his instrument.” —Thomas May, The Seattle Times (2024 Top Classical Music Pick)
“Bach’s music is very often mesmerizing. It’s very rarely this fun.” – Neil Fisher, The Times
This concert is generously sponsored by Diana Carey and presented in partnership with Peyvand NPO and Seattle-Isfahan Sister City Advocacy (SISCA).
Mahan Esfahani has made his life’s mission to return the harpsichord to the mainstream of concert instruments, and to that end his creative programming and commissioning of new works have drawn the attention of critics and audiences across Europe, Asia, and North America. He will play an intriguing program of music spanning five centuries. Included are dances of Thomas Tompkins, J.S. Bach’s Italian Concerto, sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, and the US Premiere of Intertwined Distances by Anahita Abbasi for harpsichord and recorded sound.
Winner of many prestigious awards and sought after internationally, Esfahani became the youngest recipient of the Wigmore Medal, in recognition of his significant contribution and longstanding relationship with the Hall in London.
Thomas Tomkins (1572-1656):
J.S. Bach (1685-1750):
Concerto in the Italian Style in F, BWV 971
Piece to be announced!
Domenico Scarlatti: Eight Sonatas
K. 7 in a
K. 16 in B-flat
K. 28 in E
K. 238 and 239 in f
K. 493 and 494 in G
K. 436 in D