The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Baroque cellist Steuart Pincombe brings “Bach and Beer” to Next Door Brewing this Tuesday night as part of the acclaimed “Music in Familiar Spaces’ project — and you get to choose your own admission price | September 25, 2017

By Jacob Stockinger

This Tuesday night, Baroque cellist Steuart Pincombe, who just performed Vivaldi and Bach twice this past weekend with the Madison Bach Musicians, will present his program of three Bach solo cello suites paired with three brews.

The music starts at 7 p.m. on Madison’s east side at the Next Door Brewing (below), 2439 Atwood Avenue, on this Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Pincombe’s performance of this program was named by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of 2014’s top 10 classical music concerts and was recently featured in the Boston Globe and Seattle Times.

The concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

While sipping on their favorite brews, audience members will discover the connections between the art of brewing and the art of playing the music of Bach. (Pincombe explains the format in the YouTube video at the bottom.)

Just as many brewers follow a recipe that was used hundreds of years ago, Steuart’s approach to playing Bach also looks back on old “recipes” and methods of playing.

The program of Solo Cello Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach (below) will be interlaced with short explanations of Steuart’s historical, interpretive approach along with comments from the brewery on the historical brewing method of each beer.

Each of the three suites will be paired with one of Next Door’s own brews. Concert-goers wanting to enjoy dinner at Next Door Brewery should arrive early, as there will be limited table seating during the concert.

The concert is part of Music in Familiar Spaces, a project that is bringing the highest level of classical music performance to homes, churches, cafés, bars or any place where community already exists.

One of the aims of the Music in Familiar Spaces project is to make classical music accessible to a wide and varied audience. This is accomplished not only by performing in familiar, comfortable and untraditional spaces, but by designing programs that invite the audience to experience the music in a new and engaging way.

The audience is also asked to name-their-own-ticket-price for the concert, paying what they can afford and what they deem the concert is worth (beer is sold separately).

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3 Comments »

  1. The story doesn’t include (but should) a link to Music in Familiar Places which is at: https://www.musicinfamiliarspaces.com/

    It tells us that Steuart and Michelle Pincombe started MFS. Lots of more good info there.

    Comment by fflambeau — September 25, 2017 @ 12:26 am

    • Should be: Music in Familiar Spaces.

      Having endorsed the website, the Pincombe’s need to keep it more up to date. I saw nothing there about the Madison concert and the last blog posting was for February of this year. To paraphrase a great song, “It’s a long long time from February to September…” (September Song misquoted)

      Comment by fflambeau — September 25, 2017 @ 12:35 am

  2. “The audience is also asked to name-their-own-ticket-price for the concert, paying what they can afford and what they deem the concert is worth….” Great idea, so is playing classical music in “ordinary” places.

    Comment by fflambeau — September 25, 2017 @ 12:23 am


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