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My 5th “Goldberg Variations” Performance 2/23/13

February 24, 2013

I performed Goldberg Variations for the 5th time this afternoon for Brand Library Music Series. I have to admit I still get pretty nervous before the performance of Goldberg. Mainly, I start thinking about “Memory Slip” even though I have done without any memory slip for the last 4 performances. Oh well, that is the nature of public performance by memory, especially the piece with 1 & 1/4 hour length. But I am privileged to have an opportunity to share J. S. Bach’s monumental work with the audience. I always try to bring up the great characters in each variation. After the concert, some of the audience members approached me and asked some good questions. “Goldberg” always gives inspirations and imaginations to the performer and the audience. I have a plan to take it to Japan this summer. Meantime, I have a music gathering with LA Phil’s Committee members to play and talk about Goldberg Variations next week. My journey with J. S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations will continue.