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On 30 November 2012, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York will present a solo violin performance by Jennifer Koh from her “Bach and Beyond” series, a set of three solo violin recitals with the Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-6) beginning and ending each program. The first program consists of works ranging from Bach, Ysaÿe, Saariaho, Carter, and Salonen with a new video commission by Tal Rosner. The second program will feature Bach, Berio’s Sequenza, and two new works written by Phil Kline and Anna Clyne. All works in this program consist of first compositions for solo violin. The third program will consist of Bach, Bartók and a new work by John Harbison.

Since the 1994-95 season, when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide. Also a prolific recitalist, she appears frequently at major music centers and festivals. A recording featuring the works from her first “Bach and Beyond” recital was released last month by Cedille Records.

EMPAC, founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), is an international hub for art, performance, science, and technology – offering adventurous interdisciplinary public events, support for artists and scholars engaged in creative research, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility for digital media production, research, and performance situated on a college campus. RPI, founded in 1824, is the nation’s oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the social sciences and humanities. For over thirty years, the Institute has been a leader in interdisciplinary creative research, especially in the electronic arts.

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