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A Jazzed-Up Bach (And Sweets) Benefit Classics On Hudson
Lisa Green reports from Hudson. For jazz and Bach lovers, what could be sweeter on Valentine’s Day than pianist-composer Dan Tepfer’s Goldberg Variations/Variations? The work, which pairs his performance of Bach’s masterpiece with improvised variations of his own, was a special concert to benefit Classics on Hudson held the evening of Saturday, February 14 at the Hudson Opera House. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Helena Baillie and Gwen Gould, the inaugural 2014–2015 Classics on Hudson season is presented in association with the Opera House, and showcases celebrated artists performing music from treasured classics to the present day. A rapt audience seemed barely to breathe throughout Tepfer’s interpretation of each of the 30 Goldberg variations followed by his improvisations of each. After a standing ovation, he offered a Valentine’s Day “surprise: a gift of song delivered by Joanna Wallfisch, who is releasing a CD next month. At the reception, audience members chatted with the artists and raved about the extraordinary handmade marshmallow bars topped with a salted and spicy dark chocolate. Above, Dan Tepfer and Joanna Wallfisch.
Classics on Hudson Co-Artistic Director Gwenn Gould and The Reverand Eileen Weglarz of Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson; Christine Boeke, innkeeper of Westcott House B&B; Ginna Moore and Fayal Greene, a board member of the Hudson Opera House.
Coming from the east end of Long Island were Amanda Barney and Jillian Orr, who plays ukelele, clarinet and saxaphone; Virginia Martin and Richard Collens, both board members of Classics on Hudson.