Berkshire Bach Society slates concert of Baroque, modern music for trumpet and organ

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PITTSFIELD — Organist Peter Sykes and trumpeter Robinson Pyle take on Baroque and modern works for trumpet and organ Saturday evening at First United Methodist Church, 55 Fenn St.

The 6 o'clock Berkshire Bach Society concert, "New Directions for Trumpet and Organ — A 350-Year Span," will feature works by Johann Friedrich Fasch (Trumpet Concerto), Kent Kennan (Trumpet Sonata) and J.S. Bach (organ masterworks).

Sykes is associate professor of music and chair of the historical performance department at Boston University, where he teaches organ, harpsichord, clavichord, performance practice and continuo realization. He is music director of First Church in Cambridge and principal instructor of harpsichord at Juilliard School in New York. The much-honored Sykes has recorded extensively; performs on harpsichord, clavichord and organ; and performed at Aston Magna and with Boston Baroque.

Pyle performs extensively through the Boston area on modern and historic instruments. A former principal of Apollo's Fire and The Lyra Consort, Pyle is a principal with Boston Baroque and has performed with Portland Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Boston Cecelia, Handel and Haydn Society, Ensemble Caprice, Vermont Symphony, and Boston Early Music Festival. As a jazz musician, he has played with saxophonist Joe Henderson, trombonist J.J. Johnson, and trumpeter Donald Byrd. Pyle teaches in the historic music department at Boston University and is a faculty member in the Wellesley public schools.

Tickets are available at the door. Additional ticket and program information is available online at berkshirebach.org or by phone at (413) 528-9555.


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