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“Nosrati is a captivating Bachian; rhythmically infectious, supremely intelligent, alive to the expressive kernel without over-milking it…. Bach on the piano has a compelling new exponent.”
Classical-music.com (BBC Music magazine online)

Making her Washington Performing Arts debut, German pianist and 2021 Hayes Artist* Schaghajegh Nosrati comes to Home Delivery Plus from the stage of the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, performing a cornerstone of her repertoire, The Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach. Following an attention-getting second prize award in 2014’s International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Nosrati made her CD debut in 2015 with The Art of Fugue, and her 2017 recording of Bach keyboard concertos took the German Record Critics’ Award. No less an authority than her ongoing mentor (and fellow Home Delivery Plus headliner) Sir András Schiff has praised the “astonishing clarity, purity, and maturity” of her Bach performances. Following the Headline Artist Performance, Nosrati and Schiff take part in an incisive Linger Longer conversation on The Art of Fugue, recorded just for Washington Performing Arts. 

Program:
J.S. BACH - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus: 

Linger Longer: Schaghajegh Nosrati and Sir András Schiff discuss the history and intricacies of J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue. 

*HAYES PIANO SERIES GOES VIRTUAL: Established in 1966 in honor of Washington Performing Arts founder Patrick Hayes and his wife, Evelyn Swarthout Hayes, the Hayes Piano Series has featured recitals by some of the world’s finest emerging pianists. Although the in-person subscription series is on hiatus due to the current pandemic, we are pleased to welcome Jenny Lin and Schaghajegh Nosrati to the extraordinary lineage of “Hayes Artists” in 2021.

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A rising talent on the scene, Schaghajegh Nosrati is making her Washington Performing Arts debut with this recital of Bach’s The Art of Fugue—the work is also the subject of her 2015 recording debut, which her mentor, Sir András Schiff, called “highly impressive and profoundly moving.” Bach is central to Nosrati’s career so far: for another album, she performed his Keyboard Concertos, BWV 1052–1054. But she is also fascinated by the music of a far lesser-known figure, French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813–1888), and has recorded an absorbing program of his works, including the Concerto for Solo Piano.

—Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an NPR Arts reporter and the Series Host of Home Delivery Plus 2021. Tsioulcas’s NPR roles have included interviews with the likes of composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley and, as a former reporter and producer for NPR Music, production of episodes of the popular Tiny Desk Concert series. For Home Delivery Plus, she lends her insights to a number of performance “packages,” from introducing the events to moderating post-performance talks to curating Spotify playlists inspired by package artists and themes

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Event Sponsors

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Arjun and Ami Shah, and Betty Bullock and John Silton.

Linger Longers on Home Delivery Plus are made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.

Her Excellency Emily Haber, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, is the honorary patron of this engagement.

This performance is one of six Home Delivery Plus events in 2020/21 included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

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