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Sunday, November 15, 3:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall
THREE'S COMPANY—Music for Multiple Harpsichords
Belle Bulwinkle, Phebe Craig, and Katherine Westine: Harpsichords
The program will include J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Keyboards in c minor (BWV 1062); W.F. Bach Duetto in F major for two Harpsichords; A. Soler Concierto III in G major; Johann Mattheson Suite a due Cembali in g minor; J-P Rameau Chaconne from Les Indes galantes; and J.S. Bach Fourteen Canons (BWV 1087).
Belle Bulwinkleis known as a performer on both early and modern pianos. The San Francisco Chronicle described her playing as “terrific technically as well as expressively. One seldom hears so much finesse…”. Lou Harrison dedicated his Concerto for Piano and Javanese Gamelan to her. She played the world premiere of this work at Mills College and a second performance at the Cabrillo Festival. She has given the first US performances of works by international composers Jack Body, Marcello Panni, Anthony Payne and Makiko Nishikaza.
As a fortepianist she has performed at Davies Symphony Hall, UC Santa Cruz, Cornell University, Santa Rosa Symphony Summer Festival, Hausmusik, Old First Concerts, Cascade Head (OR) Music Festival, Musicsources and Mills College. She gave the dedicatory recital of a new fortepiano at Palomar College, and she was a soloist at the Antverpiano91 Festival in Belgium. In May 2014, she was both a performer and a panelist at the Keyboard Festival at UC Davis.
Her recordings include the Harrison concerto on the Leonardo label, songs of Darius Milhaud on Music & Arts, and Jose Maceda’s Sujeichon on Tzadik. Ms. Bulwinkle is on the performance faculty at Mills College where she frequently appears in concert. She has taught music history and theory at Mills and at the California College of Arts.
Originally from Colorado, Phebe Craig spent her student years in Berlin, Brussels, and San Francisco. She has earned a reputation as a versatile chamber musician and recitalist and has performed and recorded with many early music ensembles. As a specialist in basso continuo realization, she has accompanied many prominent early music soloists, both in concerts and recordings. She has appeared in concert throughout the United States and at the Carmel Bach Festival, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, New York State Baroque and the Berkeley Early Music Festival.
She teaches at UC Davis and has been on the faculty of numerous Baroque workshops. She was the Director of the San Francisco Baroque Music & Dance Workshop for many years.
Katherine Westine holds a Music History BA degree from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in organ performance from Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and has done post-graduate study in Early Music for harpsichord, clavichord and organ with Harald Vogel at the Norddeutsche Orgelakademie in Germany. Ms. Westine performs, teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to teaching and composing in her studio in Oakland, she is on the faculty of the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, is a past president of the Alameda Branch of MTAC, is a performing member of the Berkeley Piano Club, and is founder of the 15-year old Florio Street Concerts in Oakland. She is currently studying jazz with Susan Muscarella and is a member of the ensembles La Foolia, Dueling Harpsichords with Phebe Craig, and a jazz quintet Lewiston Jazz.
She and fellow harpsichordist Phebe Craig established a small recording and publishing company (KATastroPHE & Florio Music Press) in 1993 which features an eclectic line of early music recordings and educational materials: four play-along books with CDs for treble instruments, a play-along CD with sheet music for pianists, and most recently Dance at a Glance, a Musician’s Guide to Baroque Dances.