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Bach subject of festival in Chickasha



German composer Johann Sebastian Bach's work and life will be explored through Saturday during the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's six-day Bach Festival in Chickasha, via:
" lecture-concerts,
" performances and
" film.

"We'll be playing the music, but we'll also be talking about how the world is changing," said Sanders Huguenin, USAO academic vice president who will discuss Baroque trade and economics. A Friday lecture-concert will cover scientific advances and tuning, alongside selections from Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier."

"Every part of history is interrelated, and music is no exception," said accompanist and festival coordinator Rhenada Finch.

Tying all these elements together is part of the university's effort to present Bach in a new way, according to USAO News Bureau head Michael Bendure: addressing music and ideas, and how they shape the world.

The Bach festival is only the beginning, however, with five "B"-named composers and their times to be featured through spring 2009.

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok and Bernstein span the last 300 years, one picking up when the next drops off, to "cover the whole modern era," Huguenin said. "They're not really music festivals; they're interdisciplinary, so we use the music as a lens to see a much broader piece of history and what's going on in the West."

All the events are free. For a complete schedule, visit their site or call 224-3140. "Emily Jerman

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