3.21.20, 9 AM – The Well-Tempered Clavier with Dr. Joe Kitchen

Our Big Bach Day begins with Dr. Joseph Kitchen (recognize the last name?) , who offers a selection of some of Bach’s most beloved Preludes and Fugues from the composer’s series of seminal keyboard works. He will also share some fascinating insights into the mathematical mind of Bach.

Program to include:

Allemande from the French Suite NO. 4, BWV 815
Prelude & Fugue No. 12 in F minor, BWV 881 fr. Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude & Fugue No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 fr. Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude & Fugue No. 7 in E-flat major, BWV 876 fr. Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude & Fugue No. 6 in D minor, BWV 875 fr. Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier
Prelude in C major, BWV 846 from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier

About the Performer:

Joe Kitchen, the father of Heifetz Institute Artistic Director Nicholas Kitchen, holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, where he majored in mathematics.  He taught mathematics at Duke University for nearly 40 years.  He is the author of Calculus of One Variable, a 785-page book published by Addison-Wesley in 1968 and reprinted by Dover Books in 2020.  The book was used at Duke for an honors section of freshman calculus, in which Nicholas Kitchen was once a student at the age of 14.

Growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Kitchen tudied piano with Mary Blue Morris, a Juilliard graduate, and organ with Parvin Titus, who was head of the organ department at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.  While at Harvard he studied music at the Longy School of Music, organ with Melville Smith and piano with Lily Dumont.

Upon moving to Durham, NC in 1962, Mr. Kitchen became organist and choirmaster at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and held that position until 1993.  During that period he founded the St. Stephen’s Chamber Orchestra, which has become the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.  He also established a concert series at the church and supervised the installation in 1978 of a three manual, 47 -rank Flentrop organ of classical French design.  Until enrolling at the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 16, Nicholas Kitchen assisted his father at the organ with reed tuning and stop-pulling.  After being away from the church for ten years, Mr. Kitchen returned to St. Stephen’s, and is now Organist and Director of Music.

As a pianist he has given solo recitals, performed with his son and daughter-in-law Yeesun Kim, and taken part in concerts at the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA.  His wife, Dorothy, founded the Duke University String School, where she had a large class of violin students (nearly 50), conducted the advanced orchestra, and served as the school’s director.  Their daughter, Julia, who attended Bach Around the Clock one year ago, has cerebral palsy and now lives in a group home near Boone, NC.

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