Well-Tempered Clavier Jamboree: Celebrating 300 Years

Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Hertz Hall, University of California, Berkeley
17th Biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition (BFX)

On Wednesday, June 8, the Westfield Center will be collaborating with San Francisco Early Music Society on a Well-Tempered Clavier Jamboree. This event is offered in celebration of the 300th anniversary of WTC Book I (1722), the first of two collections of preludes and fugues for keyboard in all major and minor keys by Johann Sebastian Bach. Members of both organizations will be playing the twenty-four pairs of preludes and fugues in two sessions that day, beginning at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, respectively. Both sessions will take place in Hertz Hall on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, as part of the 2022 Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.

The keyboard instrumentarium for this extravaganza includes harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, and clavichord. Performers include SFEMS Executive Director Derek Tam, Westfield Board Co-President Matthew Dirst, Caitlyn Koester, Janine Johnson, Caroline Jou Armitage, Charlotte Mattax Moersch, Katherine Perl, Eugene Petrushansky, Yuko Tanaka, David Yearsley, and Agnieszka Zick. Both sessions, offered free of charge, will begin with brief remarks on Bach and the WTC by Dirst and Yearsley. You are cordially invited to come celebrate with us and experience this indispensable collection in its entirety!