The public is invited to an intimate brown bag performance featuring pianist Peter Pesic. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Arts Council, the show starts at noon April 1 at Fuller Lodge in the Pajarito Room.
J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” are among his greatest and most familiar works, but in the 1970s, a previously unknown set of 14 canons on the Goldberg theme were discovered. The concert presents those canons to show how Bach developed the variations that follow.
Pesic has been a tutor at St. John’s College in Santa Fe since 1980, where he has been musician-in-residence since 1984. Pesic himself has given 200 concerts, including first performances of works by Nicolas Roussakis, David Lang and Lawrence Cave.
He has performed the complete cycle of piano sonatas of Schubert four times (once at Harvard University in 1987), the complete Beethoven sonatas also four times, as well as a Mozart cycle, the complete solo keyboard music of J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, and Johannes Brahms, and the complete piano music of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern.
Pesic has played Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” in Los Angeles and at Dartmouth College; he was the piano soloist with the Santa Fe Symphony in Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy.”