October 2, 2000
Benedictine Monk to Perform Entire Clavier Works of Bach at CUA
Benedictine monk and musician Seán Brett Duggan, O.S.B., will perform the complete clavier works of Johann Sebastian Bach from memory in a recital series at Catholic University this fall.
The rarely accomplished feat requires 14 separate recitals.
The concert cycle, entitled “Bach on the Threshold of Hope,” will run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, October 11 through November 10, at 7:30 p.m. in CUA’s Ward Recital Hall. The performance is Father Duggan’s way of celebrating the advent of the new millennium and commemorating the 250th anniversary of Bach’s death in 1750. By the end of 2000 he will have performed the concert series in France, New York City, Rome, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere.
His CUA recitals, hosted by the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, are free and open to the public. The 15-cycle performance of Bach’s works, in chronological order, gradually reveals the evolution of Bach’s artistry. Lovers of Bach’s keyboard works will have the opportunity to hear famous works such as Bach’s English Suites, French Suites, Little Preludes and Fugues, Well-Tempered Clavier, Inventions, Sinfonias and Partitas, concluding with the venerable Goldberg Variations.
Father Duggan is a Catholic monk of the Order of St. Benedict at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, La. Father Duggan served for three years as pianist and assistant chorus master for the Pittsburgh Opera Company, then he entered the Order of St. Benedict (OSB) in 1982. In 1983, he won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition, which he won again in 1991, sharing the first prize with two other musicians. He is the host of a weekly radio program in the New Orleans area, “Bach on Sunday,” now in its fifth year of broadcasting.
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