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In celebration of his 75th birthday and Johann Sebastian Bach's 334th, Richard Dobbs Hartshorn will play the six solo cello suites of Bach on the double bass exactly as Bach wrote them: the same keys, the same octave and all the notes.
Before each suite, a section of the poetry cycle "The Cello Suites" by the great Irish poet MacDara Woods will be played. The poems were written for Dobbs and Woods made the recording himself shortly before his death last July. Thanks to a generous donation from Kostein Music all the ticket sales will go to Bach With Verse programs.
For the last 15 years, Dobbs has performed the suites around the world at crisis areas such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Uganda, South Africa and Bolivia. In this country he plays in jails, prisons, and youth detention centers. Since 2004 he has performed at least one of the suites in over 1100 performances.