Music Faculty Mary Oleskiewicz Plays Bach Sonatas in the Forbidden City

Bill Doncaster | March 21, 2016
Music Faculty Mary Oleskiewicz Plays Bach Sonatas in the Forbidden City

UMass Boston Professor Mary Oleskiewicz, PhD, a world renowned flautist, will play the Forbidden City Concert Hall, one of China’s premier stages, on Saturday, March 26. She and harpsichordist Yuan Sheng of Beijing, a world-class pianist, will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Forbidden City Concert Hall, a 1400 seat venue, is a modern facility built in the midst of a Zhongshan Park, a former imperial garden dotted with historic landmarks.

Oleskiewicz and Sheng’s program will feature all of Bach’s sonatas for flute and basso continuo and flute and obbligato harpsichord, and also the composer’s formidable unaccompanied flute partita in A minor. Time Out Beijing named the event a critic’s pick “not to be missed.”

Oleskiewicz, is a prizewinning flutist and leading Bach interpreter in the United States. Hailed as "one of the greatest baroque flutists of our time" by American Record Guide (2014), Oleskiewicz joined UMass Boston in  2001. Sheng, of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, is China’s premier Bach pianist, and aims to bring an awareness and appreciation for Bach’s music to his fellow countrymen. 

On March 27, the two will display their versatility by performing a virtuoso program of nineteenth and twentieth-century favorites for flute and piano at Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. That program will feature works by Poulenc, Franck, Debussy and Piazzolla.

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