Good Neighbors of Park Slope
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
Robert Kogan, Cellist
Friday, December 2, 7:30 PM
Program: Bach Suite No. 1 in G major for cello solo,
Bach Suite No. 3 in C major for cello solo
ROBERT KOGAN, CELLIST, conductor and composer, performs regularly as recitalist and chamber musician with various ensembles including the Trio Con Brio in Westchester and Downtown Music Productions in New York City. He was cellist of the Bridge Trio and has played in other chamber ensembles in the New York metropolitan area. A past member of the New Jersey Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and other orchestras, Robert is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he studied with Claus Adam. He did graduate studies at Indiana University with Bernard Greenhouse.
Robert was founding conductor of the Staten Island Symphony and music director and conductor of the Philharmonic Symphony of Westchester. As a composer, he has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer and the Criterion Foundation. Robert is a featured performer in the documentary film “All the Way through Evening,” by Australian film maker Rohan Spong.
Two Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach:
Written between 1717 and 1723, Bach’s cello suites were composed at a time when the modern cello was still being developed. Bach writes a single musical line that harmonizes itself. The music is lyrical, rhythmic and emotional. The prelude to the G major suite has been heard frequently on television commercials. The dramatic C major starts with the flourish of a descending scale and ends with a rousing gigue.
Robert Kogan, Cellist and GNPS Member