World-Renowned Harpsichordist to Appear at WFU

Mark Kroll, one of the world’s leading harpsichordists, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Wake Forest University’s Brendle Recital Hall.

Much of the program draws from 17th and 18th century composers. Kroll will perform three harpsichord sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, the best-known Italian writer for the harpsichord of his time. He will also perform a composition by French composer Louis Couperin and two selections by his nephew Francois Couperin.

Bach’s “Preludes and Fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II” will also highlight the performance.

Kroll has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. He has served as the harpsichordist for the Boston Symphony since 1979 and is featured on the orchestra’s recordings of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and Benjamin Britten’s “Phaedra.” Among his many other recordings are solo harpsichord works of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Couperin and the complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord of Bach.

Professor of harpsichord and fortepiano at Boson University, Kroll also directs the Early Music Series and serves as chairman of the historical performances department.

Kroll is a noted authority on performance practice and period instruments. He contributed the chapter on keyboard instruments in “A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth Century Music,” edited by Wake Forest music professor Stewart Carter.

Admission is free. For more information, call (336) 758-5026.

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