A three-week long festival dedicated to the works of J.S. Bach, featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in the first complete performance of Paul Taylor’s six Bach dances.

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The 2019 OSL Bach Festival: Bach and Transformation

J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which transforms a simple aria into 30 dazzling pieces, forms the heart of the 2019 OSL Bach Festival. The theme of transformation courses through the three-week-long festival, with Bernard Labadie conducting Bach’s transcription of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at Zankel Hall on June 6, contrasting versions of the Goldberg Variations performed by French harpsichord virtuoso Pierre Hantaï performing the original version and Labadie conducting OSL in the U.S. premiere of his own arrangement of the Goldberg Variations for Baroque ensemble, and the first perforamnce of  Pedja Mužijević “Bach Dialogues,” bringing together keyboard works of Bach with contemporary compositions. 

Throughout all three weeks of the Festival, OSL and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance offer the first complete presentation of all six of Taylor’s Bach dances, augmented by two world premieres set to Bach’s music by Pam Tanowitz and Margie Gillis. This will be the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s only New York City appearance in the winter/spring 2019 season. OSL dedicates these performances to the memory of visionary American choreographer Paul Taylor (1930–2018).