Bach versus The Climate Crisis
Sophia Zhou and J Henry Fair

Date:  Sunday, September 18, 2022

Showtime:  4:00 PM (Doors open at 3:30 PM)

Tickets:  $25 advance purchase. $30 at the door. Students: $5.

Address:  The Stissing Center, 2950 Church St., Pine Plains, New York 

Bach versus The Climate Crisis is a collaboration between pianist Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou and visual artist J Henry Fair. Infusing a live performance of the Goldberg Variations by Bach with a dynamic mix of haunting and abstract aerial imagery from industrial sites and close-ups of the performing musician will create a unique sensory multimedia experience while increasing awareness of the environmental crisis we all face. 

Johann Sebastian Bach, the single most important composer in the Western music canon, created the"Goldberg Variations” during his mature years. Composed in Leipzig at the dawn of European industrialization, the "Goldberg Variations” echoes the genius and complexity of German math, science, and engineering, which are the basis of its economic, industrial, and military achievements in the centuries hence.  

The pairing of the awe-inspiring “Goldberg Variations” and the surreal abstract aerial images of our destruction of nature creates a jarring and inspiring juxtaposition.  

There will be a reception with organic Riesling and light refreshments after the concert, sponsored by The Weeden Foundation. 


Click the video below for a preview of Sophia's and J Henry's work together.

Bar: Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available for purchase at this event.

Updated Covid Policy (as of 7/1/2022): Masking is optional for persons who have been vaccinated against Covid. Masking is requested for persons who are not vaccinated. This policy is subject to change.

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