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Faculty String Trio: Bach Goldberg Variations

  • Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Location: Livestream Event

Luther College faculty members, Igor Kalnin, violin; Spencer Martin, viola; and Kacy Clopton, cello, will present a performance of J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, as arranged by Dmitry Sitkovetsky on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in Decorah. The concert is free and open to the public. The church can easily accommodate up to 80 people with physical distancing, and masks are requested. This event will be livestreamed and can be viewed at


Bach's Goldberg Variations are known as a tour de force for keyboard players. Originally written for a 2-manual harpsichord, this work has been often performed on piano and organ. Numerous other arrangements of this music exist, including this arrangement for string trio by Sitkovetsky. This virtuosic arrangement, made in 1985 for the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth, has become standard fare for string trios the world over.