Well-Tempered Clavier Jamboree: Celebrating 300 Years

Join us for a special celebration on Wednesday, June 8 at Hertz Hall for the 300th anniversary of the compilation of the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach’s beloved Well-Tempered Clavier.

J.S. Bach

In two free sessions (one late morning and one early afternoon), various local, national, and international performers will tackle the 24 preludes and fugues, one written in each major and minor key. The pieces will be performed on a variety of historical keyboard instruments from the collection of the University of California, Berkeley, including clavichords, harpsichords, organs, and fortepianos. Both sessions will be moderated by internationally-renowned keyboardists Matthew Dirst and David Yearsley.

Composed “for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study,” the Well-Tempered Clavier has become one of the cornerstones of the keyboard literature. This is a special event not to miss!

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Matthew Dirst, harpsichord
Caroline Jou Armitage, harpsichord
Caitlyn Koester, harpsichord
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord
Eugene Petrushansky , harpsichord
Derek Tam, fortepiano
David Yearsley, clavichord
Agnieszka Zick , harpsichord

Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30 p.m.

Matthew Dirst, fortepiano
Janine Johnson, harpsichord
Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpsichord
Kathy Perl, harpsichord
Eugene Petrushansky, clavichord
Yuko Tanaka, harpsichord

Hertz Hall (101 Cross-Sproul Path, UC Berkeley Campus)