The Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center presents a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration featuring a special guest, Touré.
Touré is author of the New York Times Best Seller, "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?", a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine and host of The Hip-Hop Show and On the Record for Fuse TV, where he has interviewed nearly every major player in the entertainment industry as well as superstars including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Rihanna.
Touré will be here to enlighten us in a discussion on why inclusion, dreaming, and Martin Luther King Jr. are still relevant in 2012.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece Ein Musikalisches Opfer (A Musical Offering) will be performed by seven members of the UNL music faculty on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Kimball Recital Hall.
This rarely-performed piece was written in response to a challenge given to Bach by Frederick the Great. In 1747, Frederick submitted a devilish theme upon which the 62-year-old Bach was to improvise. After declining to improvise a six-voice fugue on the ill-suited theme, Bach went home, wrote ten canons, two ricercars (fugues), and a trio sonata all based on the King’s theme.
This collection, a tour de force of contrapuntal composition, was submitted to Frederick in fulfillment (and more) of the challenge. The music shows Bach at his compositional peak, writing music spanning several styles. UNL music faculty will perform the entire collection of pieces with a variety of instrumental combinations, preceded by a short talk about the piece by Christopher Marks and accompanied by explanatory PowerPoint slides.
The performers will be John Bailey (flute), William McMullen (oboe), Jeffrey McCray (bassoon), David Neely (violin), Clark Potter (viola), Karen Becker (cello), and Christopher Marks (harpsichord).