Violinist Koh to explore Bach’s music in UB recital

Published January 15, 2015

Violinist Jennifer Koh will perform “Back and Beyond Part III,” a solo recital of the music of Bach, as well as work inspired by the composer, during an appearance at UB later this month.

The performance, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus, is part of the Slee/Visiting Artist Series sponsored by the Department of Music.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for UB faculty/staff/alumni, seniors and non-UB students; and free for UB students with valid ID.

Prior to the concert, Koh will host a master class at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28 in Baird Recital Hall, 250 Baird Hall, North Campus. The class is free and open to the public.

Koh is well known for her intense, commanding performances delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance.

The exploration of Bach’s music and its influence in today’s musical landscape has played an important role in her career. In 2009, she began “Bach and Beyond,” a series of three recitals exploring the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas to modern-day composers, including newly commissioned works.

This season, she introduces the final recital in the series, “Bach and Beyond Part 3,” which explores the idea of development.

The program features Bach’s Sonata Nos. 2 and 3, Berio’s Sequenza VIII and John Zorn’s Passagen — later to include a new work by John Harbison).

Tickets to all Department of Music concerts may be purchased at the Center for the Arts box office and online at