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V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Photo by Andrea Bucheli


Pianist Lara Downes at Sunday Chatter

San Francisco-born Lara Downes has become world renowned for her take on Bach’s classic Goldberg Variations. She plays her reimagined piece today at 10:30 a.m. at Sunday Chatter at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Read about it in this week’s Performance Preview.

Photo by Andrea Bucheli

Performance Preview

Bach to the Future

Pianist brings modern touch to a centuries-old classic

Most kids don't relish the thought of spending their entire Saturday glued to a piano bench. (It sounds like cruel, Victorian child torture if you ask me.) But that wasn't the case for Lara Downes, who grew up in San Francisco and began playing regularly at the age of 3. "I didn't know there was anything different," says Downes. "I always loved it, I never really wanted to do anything else."

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