Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Presents The Goldberg Variations

Alluring Bach work arranged for string quartet offers colorful listening experience

Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF), Cape Cod’s premiere presenter of summer chamber music presents the The Goldberg Variations on Monday, August 13, 7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans.

The Borromeo String Quartet makes its annual CCCMF return in an inventive concert highlighted by J.S. Bach’s enthralling “Goldberg” Variations arranged for string quartet by Borromeo’s violinist Nicholas Kitchen. Originally penned for piano, The “Goldberg” Variations, an extremely challenging yet alluring piece. This arrangement allows us a unique chance to hear the ever-popular variations with colorful new instrumentation. Paired with Franck’s only string quartet, concert-goers will hear Franck’s fascination with Beethoven’s late works.. As one of Franck’s own late works composed in the last year of his life, this quartet showcases Beethovenian qualities of thematic development and intense contrast.

Making its second appearance of the Festival season, the visionary performances of the prize-winning Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. Now celebrating their 27th year as an ensemble, the Borromeo have performed a vast repertoire worldwide and collaborated with many of today’s great composers and performers. Audiences and critics alike have championed the Borromeo’s ability to bring fire back to often-heard repertoire, while making even the most challenging new music approachable. The Borromeo continues to be a pioneer in its use of technology, recognized with the trailblazing distinction as the first string quartet to utilize laptop computers on the concert stage, a revealing and transformative experience that they now teach to students around the world. The quartet features Nicholas Kitchen, violin, Kristopher Tong, violin, Luther Warren, viola and Yeesun Kim, cello. The artists currently maintain residency at New England Conservatory of Music, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Taos School of Music summer program.

Program: The Goldberg Variations

Borromeo String Quartet: Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Kristopher Tong, violin; Luther Warren, viola; Yeesun Kim, cello


“Goldberg” Variations, BWV 988 (arranged for string quartet by Nicholas Kitchen)
Variations 1, 2, 3 (canon at the unison)
Variations 4, 5, 6 (canon at the second)
Variations 7, 8, 9 (canon at the third)
Variations 10, 11, 12 (canon at the fourth)
Variations 13, 14, 15 (canon at the fifth)
Variations 16 (“Overture”), 17, 18 (canon at the sixth)
Variations 19, 20, 21 (canon at the seventh)
Variations 22, 23, 24 (canon at the octave)
Variations 25 (“Adagio”), 26, 27 (canon at the ninth)
Variations 28, 29, 30 (“Quodlibet”)

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822 – 1890)

String Quartet in D Major (1889)
Poco lento; Allegro
Scherzo: Vivace
Allegro molto

Ticket orders received on or before July 7: $34 general admission; $15 for college students with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $32 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $50.

Ticket orders received on or after July 8: $38 general admission; $15 for college students (with ID); FREE for attendees 18 and under. General admission to three or more concerts: $36 per ticket. Emerson String Quartet concert: $55.

Festival seating is limited to venue capacity, advance purchase is recommended. Tickets purchased online can be printed at home or picked up at will call at the performances. Tickets may also be purchased by calling or visiting the box office at 508-247-9400 or at 3 Main Street, Unit 6, North Eastham. Box office hours are 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Phone orders are available until 12 noon on the day of each concert.

For more information about Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival’s 2018 season, performers, mission and venues, visit, or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Hailed by The New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality,” the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (CCCMF) has been a year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979. Founded as the Cape & Islands Chamber Music Festival by the late collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders, the Festival continues his legacy. Now entering its 38th season, CCCMF presents four weeks of intensive chamber music programming in a variety of Cape locations in July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, CCCMF presents autumn and spring concerts, a community outreach program, and benefit concerts in New York and on Cape Cod. Hoping to ignite the interest of a younger audience, CCCMF welcomes all youth up to age 18 to attend any regular concert free of charge. The Festival is also host to a Composer-in-Residence program, and features composers with Cape Cod connections. CCCMF is a private, non-profit organization supported by a volunteer Board of Directors with financial support from individuals, corporations, and foundations both local and nationwide. For more information about CCCMF’s programs, schedule or tickets, visit, call 508-247-9400 or follow Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Borromeo String Quartet, courtesy image

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